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UK (Northern Ireland): Stunning 4.2% of students on autism spectrum

May 21, 2020, UK (Northern Ireland) Derry Now: Boys in Northern Ireland three times more likely to be be identified as autistic than girls, says new report

A new report has been released about the level of autism among schoolchildren in Northern Ireland. The Department of Health has today published ‘The Prevalence of Autism (including Aspergers Syndrome) in School age Children in Northern Ireland 2020’. These figures have been extracted from the Northern Ireland School Census collected by the Department of Education. Key Facts and Figures: - The estimated prevalence of autism within the school aged population in Northern Ireland was 4.2% in 2019/20. - There was a significant difference in the estimated prevalence rates of autism between the genders, with males three times more likely to be identified with autism than females. … - In 2019/20, 14% of children identified as having autism did not have any special educational needs. Of those with special educational needs, 64% were classified at Stage 5 of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Assessment.


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