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St. Teresa's Nursery School, Belfast

Meet our new Autism Ambassador

4th Oct 2021

Mrs Craig has been chosen as our Autism Ambassador to Champion the rights of children with Autism in our school.  As a rights respecting schools, we are committed to ensure that ALL children are given a chance to realise their full potential.  Four members of staff: Mrs Evans, Mrs McIlroy, Mrs Craig and Miss Toner recently attended training from Autism NI to ensure that we are 'Autism Friendly' in our approach.  As a result, we ensure that: all staff are Autism Aware and that any new staff are informed of policies regarding autism as part of their induction.  We have a purpose build sensory room and many sensory spaces inside and out where children can go to if, they are becoming overloaded or stressed.  We invite families to visit the nursery individually with their child, prior to starting to ensure a smooth transition.  We use Makaton and visual signage throughout the school.  We deliver Attention Autism Sessions and Six Bricks to all children in our school.  We have reviewed and enhanced our provision accordingly and aim to be the 'best that we can be' in meeting the needs of ALL our butterflies.