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Special centre offers day places
Music therapy at Three Bridges: Picture Spectrum
An open day is being held at Three Bridges on 3 November
A special residential school in Cornwall for children with autism is to offer places to day pupils.

Three Bridges, near Truro, is the only school in the county for children with autism and has eight full-time pupils.

The centre, opened in April by the Countess of Wessex, tailors its learning to individual pupils based on their ability and potential.

The school has now been upgraded with new therapy and play areas to allow a number of day pupils to be taken on.

Education packages

Three Bridges is owned and run by the Cornwall specialist care provider Spectrum for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Asperger Syndrome, ADHD and other behaviourally linked disorders.

Spectrum spokesman Tyler Collins believes the centre has already achieved very positive results.

He said: "We're now confident that we can offer individualised education packages to other children with ASD in Cornwall, so they can continue to live with their parents but benefit as day pupils with us."

Spectrum said that although no official figures exist, it believes that about 1% of the population has some degree of ASD.

The condition can result in communication difficulties and a lack of social skills.

An open day is being held at Three Bridges on 3 November from 1100 GMT until 1530 GMT.


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