Recog­nised for autism sup­port

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

KISHARON SCHOOL in Gold­ers Green has been awarded autism ac­cred­i­ta­tion in what is be­lieved to be a first for a UK Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment, the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety found that al­though autis­tic pupils rep­re­sented only a quar­ter of the roll, Kisharon was fully com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing spe­cial­ist ap­proaches.

“The school places great value on pro­mot­ing Jewish val­ues and cul­ture while recog­nis­ing the need to dif­fer­en­ti­ate what is taught so that it has mean­ing and value to each pupil,” the so­ci­ety noted. “This makes an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the in­clu­sion of each autis­tic pupil within fam­ily and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, ri­tu­als and fes­ti­vals.” All teach­ers re­ceive “what is autism”? train­ing.

School head Sora Kopf­stein said the autism ac­cred­i­ta­tion was “a tes­ta­ment to our com­mit­ment to and un­der­stand­ing of the needs of our pupils with autism. To be recog­nised is ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing for all our staff, par­ents and stu­dents. It demon­strates that we are of­fer­ing some of the best autism-spe­cific ser­vices in the Jewish com­mu­nity.”

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