Schools can increase autistic pupils' feelings of isolation

A study published in the journal Autism suggests that negative school experiences have harmful long-term effects on autistic pupils, tes reports. Researchers at the University of Surrey found that sensory difficulties can be exacerbated in a noisy school environment, increasing anxiety and distraction and affecting the ability of pupils to concentrate and socialise. This leads to social isolation and an increased risk of developing low self-esteem and mental health problems. However, the study also found that when schools cultivate a culture of acceptance and make small adjustments such a quiet places to socialise, this helps autistic pupils feel accepted and think more positively about themselves.

Date added: 22 November 2017