To mark World Autism Awareness Week (27 March to 2 April), we have partnered with First News, the award-winning national newspaper, to help children understand what autism is and how it affects people.
Laurence Baldwin, a Consultant Nurse in our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team, has written a full-page special report, outlining the areas of social interaction where people with autism often have difficulties, and giving examples of famous people who have autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
Two of Laurence’s sons have autism, and the report includes the thoughts of Laurence’s other son on what it’s like to live with family members with autism. The report also highlights the first-hand experiences of a local young person, Morgan, who has autism.
Read the report
The report can be found in issue 458 of First News, on sale from 27 March to 2 April 2015. You can download and read the report as a PDF, republished here courtesy of First News.
Our work with First News
This is the seventh feature we have produced in collaboration with First News.
The first feature coincided with 2014 Mental Health Awareness Week and was about anxiety.
The second feature in September last year was about finding your feet at a new school.
The third feature promoted World Mental Health Day in October.
The fourth feature discussed the challenges of coping with Christmas.
The fifth feature focused on the importance of talking openly about mental health for Time To Talk Day.
The sixth feature looked at eating disorders to coincide with Eating Disorders Awareness Week.