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Annual Review

Under the Special educational Needs Code of Practice (2001) a review of a statement of special educational needs must be held at least annually.  The annual review of a pupil's statement ensures that once a year the parents,  pupil,  local education authority (LEA) and all the professionals involved, consider both the progress the pupil has made over the previous 12 months and whether any amendments need to be made to the description of the pupil's needs or to the special educational provision specified in the statement.  It is a way of monitoring and evaluating the continued effectiveness and appropriateness of the statement.  LEA's must ensure that such a review is carried out within 12 months of either making the statement or of the previous review.

 

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Asperger syndrome - this is a form of autism, which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. Autism is often described as a 'spectrum disorder' because the condition affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees.

Asperger syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas. They are often referred to as 'the triad of impairments':

  • social communication
  • social interaction
  • social imagination.

People with Aspergers may also experience over or under-sensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not usually have the accompanying  learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include  dyslexia and  dyspraxia or other conditions such as  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.

 

ASDAN

Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network. http://www.asdan.co.uk/

 

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. There are 3 key areas of difficulty for individuals with autism:

  • social communication
  • social interaction
  • social imagination.

People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

 

Autism may occur in isolation or be accompanied by learning difficulties or other conditions ie: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), epilepsy etc.