Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that impacts on how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.
About 1 in every 100 people in the UK has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.
Autism effects people differently. Some people require a high level of specialist support, others are more able to function independently.
Most children and young people with autism attend their mainstream school with help and support from their teachers and support staff. Some children and young people require more specialised support. There will be meetings in school or nursery to agree the best supports for each child.
There may also be support from others including educational psychologist, support for learning teacher, speech and language therapist or staff from the ASD Outreach Team.
The ASD Outreach Team
The ASD Outreach Team consist of primary and secondary teachers and support staff trained to understand autism and the range of supports that may help children and young people be happy, safe and achieving in nursery or school. A referral can be made to the team following discussion and agreement with the nursery or school.
The team can:
- Visit you and your child at home.
- Work directly with your child or in a small group.
- Attend meetings to support your child's plan.
- Help with resources and ideas to help your child.
- Deliver staff training.
What are Autism Provisions?
Autism provisions are specialised bases that provide low sensory, small group learning for children and young people with autism. These bases are located within mainstream schools.
There are three primary schools and one secondary school that have specialised facilities for children with autism:
Placements in autism provisions are normally accessed following agreement from the Team around the Child that a supported mainstream placement cannot meet the child’s needs. A placing request can also be made. In either case, requests will be considered by a local authority panel.