The Autism Outreach Team
The Autism Outreach Team is part of the Specialist Support Service, based at the Kingston Centre and work with children and young people (C&YP) with a diagnosis/working diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (ASC). The team work with parents/carers and offer advice/training to settings supporting pupils with an ASC. The Team consists of:
- Specially trained teachers who have experience of working with children who have an ASC.
- Qualified Communication Support Workers experienced in working with children who have an ASC
In addition a Specialist Educational Psychologist supports the work of the team.
What we do
The team provide awareness training to any setting on request.
The team are licenced to deliver school aged AET (Autism Education Trust) tier 1, 2 and 3 training and advise on the implementation of AET national standards and staff competencies.
Casework with C&YP in mainstream settings takes a variety of different formats, designed to suit the individual needs of the C&YP and the setting.
The Service provides:
- AET training covers initial ASC awareness and follow up practical training including structured teaching and communication strategies (TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories and Comic Strip illustrations).
- Advice and support to mainstream teachers and teaching assistants
- Advice on how the C&YP with an ASC can access the curriculum effectively
- Individual or small group staff training
- Liaison with parents/carers
- One to one or small group work with C&YPs
- Support settings to develop, social skills sessions, peer awareness sessions, circle of friends
- Assistance with resources including visual supports e.g. timetables, sequence charts, Social Stories
- Advice for statutory assessments
- Liaison with Speech and Language Therapists, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Midlands Psychology, diagnostic services Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists and any other relevant professionals.