On Tuesday, St. Andrew’s staff turned many shades of blue as part of ‘Turn Blue for Autism Day’, to show recognition and support for our valued students and families in the school community who are living with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ASD is a condition characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and/or sensory sensitivities.
An estimated 1 in 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum; that is around 230,000 people.
It is four times more common in boys than girls.
Families living with ASD may face many real challenges daily, yet students on the autism spectrum can also have a unique way of thinking and approaching problems. Characteristics such as methodical and novel approaches to problems, creativity, increased observational skills, attention to detail and ability to retain facts can lead to a unique and valued contribution to society.
Imagine a world without Apple iPhones, Microsoft Windows, or Einstein’s theory of relativity, all created by people who were assessed as being on the autism spectrum.
The quality of life for many children and adults on the autism spectrum can be significantly improved by an early diagnosis and appropriate evidence informed treatment.
Kathleen Cabot, Karen Reed (Support Teachers: Inclusive Education) and Melanie Kimpton (Guidance Counsellor) work strongly together as a team to support our students with disabilities and to ensure the St. Andrew’s school community remains