Autism is a serious developmental, life-long disorder which affects at least 1 in 110 children in the UK. It has no known cause or cure.
It can affect a child’s ability to learn so profoundly, that without specialist intervention some children will regress and remain unable to communicate - with no eye contact or speech. It can also lead to severe behavioural problems, including self-injury.
However, with intensive support these children can be given the chance to participate more fully in society.
One way of helping children on the autistic spectrum is to use ICT.
As well as generalising (applying) learnt skills, it is a great way for children to be independent. Many of them derive a lot of enjoyment out of printing their work, going to collect it from the printer, and then either putting it up in school or taking it home.
It is also a skill they can use in their home environment – and one which helps free up their parents during busy times, e.g. making dinner or looking after other children.