This week, the BBC covered a court case whereby a young person with autism had been excluded from school for showing aggressive behaviour. The judge had ruled the exclusion unlawful, stating "aggressive behaviour is not a choice for children with autism…it is repugnant to define as 'criminal or anti-social' the effect of the behaviour of children whose condition (through no fault of their own) manifests itself in particular ways.”

You can read the full story here.

Prior’s Court wholeheartedly welcomes and supports this ruling as an important step towards autism acceptance.

PriorOur Director of Residential Care, Sarah Butcher MBE says; “At Prior’s Court we see ‘challenging behaviour and physical aggression’ as a form of communication. If a young person with autism is being aggressive it is usually because they cannot find a way to tell us something is wrong in their world.

“When working with young people with autism it is very important to understand what is driving the physical aggression, we have to look beyond what they are doing and ask ‘why?’. It may be driven by difficulties in communication, high levels of anxiety, sensory overload or not understanding what is expected of them.”

Prior’s Court does not advocate the use of punitive measures to manage behaviour. You can read more about our positive approach to behaviours, and our strategies to help our students self-manage here.