The Autism Outreach Service supports pupils with a diagnosis of autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger syndrome in mainstream schools. Support is also offered to families in the home.
There are currently 6 teachers, 4 teaching assistants and a family advisor who work on a peripatetic basis across the borough. In addition our administrative assistant is based full time at the Mere to take phone calls and generally co-ordinate the team.
Social skills groups
One-to-one targeted teaching sessions
Re-integration into mainstream school
Transition support into primary and secondary school as well as college
Advice and resources to support difficulties exhibited in the home
Information on sensory issues
Workshops run for parents and other family members
Understanding the autism spectrum work with siblings
Training for staff
Production of individualised resources
Differentiation of curriculum
Modelling good practice
Peer group awareness
Support with transition
Attendance at reviews/other relevant meetings
Advice for statutory assessment
Special schools are offered specialist teacher time in a general advisory capacity.
Colleges are able to buy in support from our service including staff training, one-to-one work and drop in sessions for staff or students.
All referrals must be on an official form and accompanied by parental consent and written confirmation of diagnosis. We accept referrals from:
Speech and Language Therapists
Other LEA support services