Autism Documentary: Inside the UK’s only school for autistic girls

Conventional thinking suggests autism mainly affects boys. But more and more girls – and adult women – are being diagnosed with the condition. Subscribe for more Channel 4 News documentaries:

Up to 100,000 girls with autism could be still undiagnosed. Keme Nzerem has been to visit the only school in the UK that’s exclusively for autistic girls.


29 thoughts on “Autism Documentary: Inside the UK’s only school for autistic girls

  1. Well I'm acutally quite happy that i got my diagnose when i was 25. A lot of therapies for autistic children are quite harmfull (like ABA). Also i didn't got really helpfull support for my studies when i got diagnosed.
    But when there was a school like in the movie above, i prefered to have gone there.

  2. I'm crying. If we had more schools like this, who knows how many "secretly" autistic girls would finally get the support they need. I wish I could've gone to this school, but I was only diagnosed when I was 23.

  3. Why can't autistic girls go to the same school as autistic boys? What has gender to do with autism? Looking for people who haven't been diagnosed yet while they should have been and want to is great, but that doesn't mean there shoulf be a seperate school for autistic girls. Why not make a school for people having trouble fitting in? No diagnosis needed, and still being able to help people

  4. I’m a 15 year old girl and I really think I have Aspergers. I’ve told my mum I think that but she just forgets about it and dismisses it. I don’t go to school so I don’t really have a councillor to talk to. It might run in my family because my 7 year old cousin (who’s a boy) has a lot of the symptoms of autism. I want to get diagnosed but I can’t afford it, also I’m scared that they say I’m not autistic cos then I don’t know what is wrong with me.

  5. I am 17 and I know I have ADHD but haven't been diagnosed despite being one of the most textbook ADHD 'cases'. I'm now choosing between getting diagnosed and sacrificing the post-grad course I want and possibly the access to the career I want or getting diagnosed and knowing that I will have support in my last half year of 6th form and then into university. It feels cruel that I am having to outweigh the practicality of being diagnosed with a disorder that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember and that has then caused so many other mental health problems over the years. I know it's not the same as autism but I understand the struggle and something needs to happen either within the school system or otherwise where the many many people who slip through the net are caught (maybe just some actual mental health training for teachers? Possibly?)

  6. I went to a special needs school because of my emotional state but I think if people listen to what I said it was an anxiety issue I'm a fairly clever person and could cope with with the education of main stream but being in a main stream environment I'd love to do a test or something to just see

  7. A lot of people I know always said " you're so normal you can't be autistic or autism , I feel sorry for you , was it the vaccine ? "

    But the truth , I'm do have austim and yes I hide it so well is becomes I'm fully functional human being but I open up alot about me because I want them to understand this is what you'll be seeing in few months or year and so .

    Why should you be sorry , I'm gifted by god because I know I'm not the only person who is proud being autistic

    And the vaccine , I showed signs when I was a month until I was 6 months old I got vaccine
    Even doctor prescribed me with austim along side with my brother .

    Doesn't anybody hate it when people say stuff like that cause I felt I needed to let all this out on my chest before I lost it

  8. I'm 39 and just recently diagnosed…after my 3 of my kids were diagnosed. It is such a great relief to have the right label. I've been homeless,addicted to drugs,thrown in jail over and over, never have had a job or driven a car. Had I had a school like life would probably have turned out much happier.

  9. I’m autistic and I get really stressed and anxious in P.E but my teacher doesn’t get she just shouts and loads of people are talking and there is loads going on. I had a kinda melt all breakdown once and ran away from my class sat on the field and started to cry

  10. My daughter was 21yrs old when diagnosed she had attemped suicide and a few times! Had left home got invoved in a abusive relationship was on the at risk register because she was unable to keep herself safe still nobody would listen!

  11. This warms my heart! I wish I could have been diagnosed and not had my future ruined. I ended up a drop out with burnout and school related ptsd still 10 years later..

  12. I'm pretty sure I'm on the spectrum, but don't know if I should go to a doctor for diagnosis. Could somebody tell me what's the point of diagnosis? I already know why I am the way I am and I don't feel like there is much help to be expected anyways.

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