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Delivering better services for children with autism as they grow into adulthood and beyond has been identified as a priority in Inverclyde. Inverclyde Council’s Policy & Resources Committee has approved £150,000 for the first two years funding for the Autism Implementation Group. It has been set up to deliver the…
The Western Trust have announced a series of 'Speak Easy’ engagement sessions to engage with service users, carers and staff involved in learning disabilities. Ms Anne McMurray will be facilitating the sessions which aim to agree a shared plan to improve community services and wellbeing for adults with learning disability…
Social workers moved a vulnerable Essex teenager from her aunt and uncle’s care without any warning, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has said. The teenager had been living with her relatives since she was a child, spending time with her grandparents at weekends. Following some disagreements with her relatives, the…
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20 million funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation. The Simons Foundation has pledged the investment for studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes in brain development associated with autism. Autism spectrum disorders…
Watching The Big Bang Theory was suggested as a training method for a school staff member who was dealing with a child with Asperger syndrome, MSPs have been told. Sheldon Cooper, one of the central characters in the hit American television show, displays traits of the condition. Those affected can…
Children are being misdiagnosed with special educational needs due to pressure from pushy parents, according to a poll. Some mums and dads want an official diagnosis rather than accept that their youngster has a problem in the classroom that could be dealt with by a teacher, it suggests, while others…
People with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues – and their carers – often have to face the challenge of having a lack of continuity of social workers. It can be frustrating and it can lead to bad physical health. A new initiative – the Named Social Work pilot…
More than two million children in India could benefit from new research into a new low-cost ways to detect autism risk. A group of researchers, led by Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, have been awarded a £585,000 grant from the Medical Research Council UK to develop low…
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