UK School for Autistic Girls Will Be Focus of Documentary

Autism Girls School

Limpsfield Grange School in Oxted, United Kingdom, will be the main focus of an upcoming documentary. The institution is the only state-run school for autistic girls in the country.

The documentary started filming in September of 2014. Sarah Wild, the headmaster, said that she hopes that the documentary raises awareness of autism among girls and how it is different than it is in boys. Wild also said that currently the tools used to diagnose autism are male focused. She continued by saying that girls are more sociable, resulting in autism being missed among them.

Wild, who has been the headmaster since 2012, says that school encourages a “calm environment.” Each class is small, about 10 students. The school uses the small classrooms to try to help students cope with and manage their anxiety. 

Another essential aspect of the school is that, for each of the students, friendship is incredibly important. The girls are taught how to make friends, retain them and how to repair a friendship. 

All of the girls are excited about the documentary and about having their voices heard. Wild said that she was nervous about suggesting the documentary, but after explaining it, the staff, students and parents supported her decision.

The documentary will show how impressive the students are, and it will give them some more support to succeed, be accepted, and celebrated in their community.

By Sejal Sheth

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