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Autism giving us all a lesson in How to Love Life

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Picture the scene kids letting off steam running free in the park hurtling off play equipment, laughing and squealing. Now imagine a child stuck rigid at the top of the slide, making noises as others squeeze past him, annoyed that he is blocking their way. The young boy is Jimmy.

His mother Carolyn  watches on, hoping the situation will resolve itself, until another mother approaches. “She asked me to remove my son from the slide. I told her that he meant no harm and that he had autism. Her response shocked me. She said, 'How dare you bring your child here? He has a disability.' I was distraught.”



Carolyn Schuoler is a single mother with three children, based in the Cornish town of Redruth. Asher, 16, was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Eleanor, 9, has atypical Autism and PICA - a compulsive eating disorder where people eat items of no nutritional value. Jimmy, 6, has classic Autism. During the past 16 years she has learnt to overcome people’s prejudice toward…

Communicating - it's not just speech and language

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Speech and language therapy students in Cornwall are using their creative talents to help staff, supporting people with learning disabilities and other complex needs, improve the way in which they communicate.
Dr Celia Todd, a speech and language therapist  with the Cornwall Foundation Trust,  spoke to Green Light’s registered manager, Jabe Norman, based at Fairfield in Bridge, at the annual information day at Nancealverne Community Special School in Penzance.
Jabe Norman at Nancealverne Community Special School with Dr Celia Todd.
Dr Todd was keen to highlight the positive outcomes of a pilot study, launched in January, which placed speech and language therapy students in various settings, for ten weeks, working with staff and individuals on a one-to-one basis, helping them overcome communication barriers: “So far, six students have taken part in the pilot at three day centres in Wadebridge, St Austell and Redruth. They spend one day a week focusing on how people communicate and how thi…