Autism

This page originated from the work of Vivienne Wire, former Principal Teacher of the Communication Centre at Loudon Academy in East Ayrshire.
Vivienne shared her MSc dissertation into young people with autism learning a second language. Here is what Vivienne found in the course of her work. A link to Vivienne’s  full dissertation can be found at the bottom of the page. Please read our information about copyright on our about page.
In recent years the number of pupils being diagnosed with autism has increased considerably. Some of them are included in modern language classes, perhaps with support, and some are withdrawn specifically from this subject. Yet all are young Europeans, entitled to an opportunity to learn a foreign language and to acquire some cultural awareness. My experiences have convinced me that pupils with autism should be offered the same opportunities as other young people and that they can benefit from them.
The material on this page provided the evidence which underpins my conviction and describes some of the strategies that have proved useful. I shall from time to time add links to other resources and information that might prove useful.
Since this page was started we have been contacted by a number of parents, students and teachers, all concerned to do their best for the autistic children in their care. We are grateful to those who have allowed us to tell their stories in the form of mini case studies
Since this page was started we have been contacted by a number of parents, students and teachers, all concerned to do their best for the autistic children in their care. We are grateful to those who have allowed us to tell their stories in the form of mini case studies.

You can read Vivienne’s full dissertation here.