Autism Spectrum Disorder
An estimated 1 in 100 people in the UK have ASD
Learners referred to Nisai come with a multitude of barriers to learning however our work with children and young people living with Autism is increasing year on year.
The delivery within the Nisai Virtual Academy meets many of the challenges experienced by Autistic learners such as avoiding the use of spoken language, avoiding eye contact and providing a familiar routine through timetabled lessons.
By removing the others in their physical space and placing learners in smaller (no more than 12 students) virtual classes, learners can focus on their interests and education while not having the distraction of 25 plus learners. Accessing from a location where they feel comfortable and safe means that they can focus on the education and topics taught.
We have seen many learners with Autism also progress socially through measuring behaviour and contribution within lessons are scored on an ongoing basis. We can also measure interaction through the various communication mediums used with learners frequently progressing from the private text window to the public text window and then on to the use of the microphone in front of their peers.
Managers and teachers have developed highly individualised programmes to meet the needs of students with complex reasons for finding it difficult to learn in conventional classrooms."