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Crawley school girl supported by Phones4U billionaire after writing book about Autism

A book aimed at teaching young children about autism has been written by 12 year old Sienna.



A Crawley school girl has received the support of a billionaire after she wrote a book aimed at young children so they could understand more about autism.

12-year-old Sienna Manuel has wrote the book in collaboration with author Charlotte Olson. The aim of the book is to teach primary school children about fellow peers with Autism.

Phones4U billionaire and philanthropist, John Caudwell, has agreed to fund the distribution of the book to every primary school in the UK.

Sienna wrote to John in February 2018 to secure his support, and 25,000 schools are set to receive the book thanks to his motivation to raise awareness of Autism.

John Caudwell speaking at the book launch is supporting Sienna and the book.

Sienna attends St Wilfrid’s school in Crawley and a very proud headmaster, Mr Michael Ferry, was there to show the schools support.

He said:

“It’s amazing. She is a phenomenal young lady, and to think she is only in year 7 now and she is doing all this work.  She is a massive role model.  She seizes every opportunity and I know she is going to a be a star in the future.”

After her own brother was diagnosed with Autism, Sienna became increasingly aware that her brother was often misunderstood. Quirky sounds and behaviors on the playground or in assembly made him different and often stand out.

70% of children with autism are educated in mainstreams schools with a continued increase every year. It is also estimated that 60% of children with autism are bullied at mainstreams schools.

Sienna who is a Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassador wants to help create a change through her book.

She said “I want little children growing up in a world which teaches them to embrace difference. My brother has taught me so much and is a wonderful friend. Children like my brother just need to be given a chance”.

Last year charities, schools and parents campaigned for autism teacher training with a successful outcome. It was announced that autism will be now part of the core learning for teachers as part of their initial training from 2018.

Autism can present serious learning difficulties and there have been worries that children aren’t understood and supported properly by teachers who receive ‘patchy training’.

A NASUWT survey revealed six in ten teachers said they hadn’t been given the training required to teach autistic children.

Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society, said:

“More than 1 in 100 children are on the autism spectrum, and over 70 per cent go to mainstream schools, so every teacher will teach autistic students during their careers. Yet, autism training has historically not been mandatory for teachers, and some start school with no special educational needs training at all.”

The book hopes to support both primary school teachers and children to understand the disorder better and reduce bullying whilst promoting inclusiveness.

The launch also hopes to celebrate siblings often living in stressful family environments and who are sometimes forced to take a step back. Shining a spotlight on the wonderful work they do and contribution they make to their families and siblings.

‘Learning about Autism with Suzie and Cruzie’ features Sienna’s brother and was officially launched on 30th April 2018 hosted by sponsors Gatwick Hilton Hotel.

Sienna who dances for Pineapple Performing Arts in Covent Garden performed with local primary school children and fellow dance students to remind everyone that Autism Awareness isn’t just for one month.

Hosted on the last day of April and sending out over 25,000 books to schools across the UK, the powerful message of kindness and friendship will continue in schools for years to come.

The author and team members were supported by River Island and wore River Island’s Labels are for Clothes t-shirts from their recent campaign that champions diversity.

£3 from each t-shirt sale is donated to Ditch the Label, a leading international anti-bullying charity. River Island has a long history of empowering people through fashion and self-expression and are proud to unite in the conversation surrounding disabilities, offering their support to empowering children everywhere.

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Local NHS urging locals to get jab as flu rates shoot up 85%

The local NHS is urging people to get their flu jab and highlighting treatment advice, after flu cases shot up by 85 per cent within the space of a week in England.



Health bosses warn this winter’s influenza outbreak is now beginning to take hold and urging those eligible to get their flu jab now – GP consultation rate in the South East for flu like illnesses has risen from 10.3 per 100,000 to 14.2 in just one week, which is adding more pressure on local health services.

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can be a very unpleasant illness with symptoms including fever, stuffy nose dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness, which can often last several days.

Flu can’t be treated with antibiotics – flu is caused by viruses and antibiotics only work against bacteria.

Those who get the flu will get better more quickly if they:

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep
  • Make sure they keep warm
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

Gareth Howells, Deputy Director of Urgent Care and Systems Resilience for Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance-North, said

The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine, and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene. It isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine so make sure you take up the offer if you’re eligible, to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.

“We are advising those who already have flu-like symptoms to rest, drink plenty of water and take paracetamol where needed.”

In order to reduce the impact of flu on local NHS services, residents and visitors to the city are being asked to make sure they use the right service for their medical needs, freeing up emergency care for those most in need.

The NHS Minor Injuries Unit Queen Victoria Hospital and Horsham Hospital are available for treatment without appointments; the Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital is also available 24 hours a day, NHS 111 is available all day every day and is available to check symptoms online around the clock.

A pharmacist can also help with flu, offering treatment advice and recommend flu remedies, and give guidance on giving medicines to children. No appointment necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas, and will say if you need further medical attention. fffffffffffff

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