Resources & Links

Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

Autism Stats (source The National Autistic Society)

Autism is much more common than many people think. There are over half a million people in the UK with autism – that’s around 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.

  • Over 40% of children with autism have been bullied at school
  • Over 50% of children with autism are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them
  • One in five children with autism has been excluded from school, many more than once
  • Nearly two-thirds of adults with autism in England do not have enough support to meet their needs
  • At least one in three adults with autism is experiencing severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support
  • Only 15% of adults with autism in the UK are in full-time paid employment
  • 51% of adults with autism in the UK have spent time with neither a job, nor access to benefits, 10% of those having been in this position for a decade or more
  • 61% of those out of work say they want to work
  • 79% of those on Incapacity Benefit say they want to work

Useful Links

At Lighthouse School we use a range of evidence-based approaches in both one-to-one and group teaching.

ABA techniques are used for elements of developing positive behaviours for learning and systematic teaching techniques. For more information Click Here

Other interventions which will be used where appropriate are:


Intensive Interaction


Signs and Symbols

Social Commentary


Occupational Therapy

Speech Therapy Resources from iCan

Speech Therapy Information from Elklan


Other information which you may found useful:

Transitions team leaflet 29 3 10



Lighthouse School are a member of the National Autistic Society. To view their website Click Here