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Girls with Autism write acclaimed novel

girls with autism

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:00am 19th July 2015.

Pupils at Limpsfield Grange School have written a story of a thirteen year old girl with autism.

The aim was to spread awareness about the condition which is usually associated with boys.

‘M is for Autism’ follows the character M as she navigates her early teenage years feeling different from her peers who always seem to know what to say and do.

The novel has been described as ‘touching and inspiring’ and has already received glowing reviews.

The girls came up with the idea for the story due to the lack of fiction about girls with autism.

They hope the book will help other girls with the condition and shine a light on the disorder in young women.

The novel was penned with help from author Vicky Martin with many of the girls contributing during a series of workshops.

The story is said to be based on their real-life experiences and was funded by the National Autistic Society.

Limpsfield Grange in Oxted is the only state-run specialised boarding school for girls with autism – and caters for 72 pupils aged eleven to sixteen.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Educational Achievement, said:

“Limpsfield Grange is a remarkable school which is working hard to unlock the potential of the girls in its care and we’re committed to doing all we can to support staff at the school as they help their pupils to prosper.”

To show the work they do with girls with autistic spectrum disorder, Limpsfield Grange have also starred in a one-off documentary on ITV.

The programme hopes to highlight what it is like living with the condition by following three girls’ stories.

The documentary aired on Wednesday but is available to watch online for a limited time.

Watch a clip from the documentary below:

 

 

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