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More support is needed to help kids with ASD

Teachers need more support to go that extra mile in working with autistic children, a leading autism expert has said.

Chris Varney, chief enabling officer of I CAN Network, an organisation empowering young people with autism, said at a macro-level the education system is failing kids with disorder.
“We’re not coming from it at a partnership approach, we’re not supporting teachers to go the extra mile…,” Varney said.

He said we need to look at the system from a broad perspective identifying what are the responsibilities of kids, of parents, of teachers and school administration, and the wider education department.

“We [also] need to have more think tanks on structures that work to support kids on the spectrum. And we need to be talking more about how we empower children and young people on the spectrum,” Varney said.

Principals and teachers seeking more information can visit www.icannetwork.com.au/gamechange

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