Author and inclusivity campaigner Kitty Clairmont (centre) with Kensington Primary School Deputy Headteachers Ben Levinson and Ms Moji Omole
Palamedes PR, the book PR specialist, has secured an exclusive placement for author and inclusivity campaigner Kitty Clairmont with the Newham Recorder.
The weekly paper has covered the launch of a pioneering pilot scheme running in a Newham school that aims to prevent autistic pupils from becoming “segregated from and alienated by” classmates, in a move that promises to help the UK’s 70,000 students with the condition to cope better in mainstream education.
The Kensington Primary School pupils, aged seven to eleven, are being taught about common symptoms and given practical tips about how to build better relationships with their autistic classmates, as well as being encouraged to “develop a meaningful understanding” of how autistic pupils may feel in a variety of potentially challenging social situations.
The voluntary initiative – described as one of the “most important developments in autism education” and backed by the National Autistic Society (NAS) – is based on the publication of Arty Tardy, a specially-written new book by Clairmont about a boy with Asperger’s syndrome.
Children read from the book in lessons each week and talk about the “emotional wellbeing” of the main character as a class.
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