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Who are we?

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.

What support is offered for pupils?

  • Visual resources

  • 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

What support is offered for families?

  • Home visits

  • 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

What support is offered for schools?

  • Training for staff

  • Observations

  • Monitoring

  • Assessment

  • 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.

What support is offered for colleges?

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.

How can a referral be made?

All referrals must be on an official form and accompanied by parental consent and written confirmation of diagnosis. We accept referrals from:

  • Parents

  • Schools


  • ASD clinic

  • Health professionals

  • Speech and Language Therapists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Educational Psychologists


  • Other LEA support services


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