One in four autistic children wait over three years for school support
A study by the National Autistic Society has shown that one in four autistic children wait more than three years to receive the support they need at schools in England.
74% of parents surveyed report their child’s school does not fully meet their needs – this has doubled in the last four years.
Parents expressed concerns over the “lengthy battles” trying to secure the right support for their child.
Over half (57%) reported they had waited more than a year and 26% waited more than three years.
44% of parents reported their child has fallen behind in their work without support and 59% claimed their child has become more socially withdrawn, after the pandemic and the education disruptions caused by remote learning.
The charity calls for the government to take appropriate action in its upcoming special educational needs and disabilities (Send) review.
The review has been delayed various times previously.