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Important information for parents during COVID-19 lockdown

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Childcare from 1st June

Along with vulnerable children and children of critical workers, children of any parent will be able to attend a childcare setting from 1st June - however children aged 3 and 4 years could be prioritised. Settings will need to determine what they can offer depending on staff available, space and resources, so parents may not immediately have access to a place or the sessions they require or previously had.

If you are a critical worker and need urgent childcare please contact our team at: eeac@staffordshire.gov.uk

Advice and Guidance:

  • More information on schools and childcare settings re-opening from 1st June can be found on the government website
  • If you are looking for advice, guidance or help, related to Covid19 in Staffordshire please visit Staffordshire County Council's main website
  • Some childcare settings on this website may not all re-open from 1st June

*Autism Outreach Team

Staffordshire County Council services

We are part of the Specialist Support service. We work with children and young people aged up to 18 years with a diagnosis or working diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.  We work with parents and carers and offer advice and training to mainstream settings supporting pupils with an autism spectrum condition. 

The team consists of:

  • Specially trained teachers who have experience of working with children who have an autism spectrum condition.
     
  • Qualified communication support workers experienced in working with children who have an autism spectrum condition.

In addition a specialist educational psychologist supports the work of the team.

What we do

We provide awareness training to any setting on request.

The team are licenced to deliver school aged Autism Education Trust  tier 1, 2 and 3 training.  We also advise on the implementation of Autism Education Trust national standards and staff competencies.

We design support to suit the individual needs of children and young people and the mainstream setting.  We assess and regularly review the level and type of support offered.

We provide:

  • Autism Education Trust training.  This covers initial autism spectrum condition awareness and follow up practical training, including structured teaching and communication strategies.  This includes (TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories and Comic Strip illustrations).
     
  • Advice and support to mainstream teachers and teaching assistants.
     
  • Advice on how the children and young people with an autism spectrum condition can access the curriculum effectively.
     
  • Individual or small group staff training.
     
  • Liaison with parents and carers.
     
  • One to one or small group work with children and young people.
     
  • 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, Midlands Psychology, diagnostic services, Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists and any other relevant professionals.

How can I refer?

Schools and settings can refer following a diagnosis or working diagnosis.

You must seek parent and carer agreement prior to referral.

Who will we see?

In order to fully meet children and young people needs a wide range of experienced staff work for the service.

Types of Staff

There are Qualified Teachers and Communication Support Workers who have under taken specialist training and have a wealth of experience working in schools and settings supporting children and young people with autism. They are responsible for the management of a caseload of children and young people with autism across the age range from diagnosis to age 25 in mainstream settings.

Staff are responsible for autism training across the county, delivering packages accredited by the Autism Education Trust.

Enhanced Input for children and young people in key stage 1 and 2 is delivered in settings by a teacher and communication support workers. Enhanced input may include access to an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist.

There are four High School Resources based in mainstream high schools across the county, for pupils with autism. These are staffed by teachers and communication support workers who are employed by the Autism Outreach Team

Feedback?

From Parents:

“Contact is very open and responses are quick, which is fantastic.”

“Excellent communication, access is very open and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble, and the support is very welcome, particularly getting school on-board. We could not have got this far without you. Thank you.”

“Always amenable to addressing issues brought up by parents or children.” 

“The specialist knowledge and experience provides unique support to ASD pupils to allow them to function, achieve, progress and fit in school. It's a fantastic service!”

“Caring, supportive nature, helped address needs and supported EHCP.”

“The work they do with my son is invaluable. The specialist support is not available in school.”

“Very supportive, excellent communication, and approachable. My son feels the help and support he has received has been extremely helpful to him.”

“They helped straight away when we were waiting for an appointment for our child from another agency.” 

“Whenever there is an issue with my son struggling with school which cannot be resolved AOT have proved helpful in providing alternative options / solutions which have greatly helped my son.”

From Schools:

“…they are brilliant and help with all kinds of issues and support. They are so knowledgeable and helpful.”

“I would just like to express our thanks for the support we have had from the Autism Outreach team and I hope that this level of support can continue.“ 

“We find the AOT an invaluable service. They offer staff, parents, and pupils tailored support. This ranges from individual pupil support, to working with staff and parents. They are very knowledgeable, supportive, and responsive. All the team who have supported our pupils have made an impact on the children's ability to understand situations and have supported their ability to learn.” 

“I find the service to be absolutely invaluable. The team are very supportive and I feel I am able to contact them at any time and they respond quickly. ”

“Service is fab! Very supportive on a practical level, and give good advice which is ‘followable’. We have received invaluable support for our children who have an autism diagnosis including support with engaging parents.”

“The support needed for pupils with ASC varies so much it is important that the service is able to provide such a flexible tailored service.”

“The caseworkers’ advice and support is essential to ensure that our ASC pupil’s needs are met on an individualised basis. They support all people involved with the pupil to ensure that they reach their true potential and are able to fully access the curriculum at an appropriate level.” 

“The Autism Outreach team have been a vital resource to support our children who have Autism. They are a comprehensive team, who can be contacted for advice and support. They do their upmost with regards to arranging times to come into school to support the children as soon as they can. Their knowledge and skills are extremely important and very much needed for the children.”

Useful Links

The National Autistic Society information on what is Autism, diagnosis and follow up support.
Autism West Midlands offer a range of support services for parents and carers.
Autism Education Trust offers advice to help children and young people with Autism receive an education to enable them to reach their potential. Parental advice setting included.
Midlands Partnership  - interim Autism service supporting children, young people and their families in South Staffordshire 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jeanette Gethin / Kate Prinold
Contact Position
Team Manager
Telephone
01785 356830
E-mail
sss.service@staffordshire.gov.uk
Facebook
Autism Outreach Team Facebook Page

Local Offer

Needs Level
Medium
High
SEN Provision Type
Specialist
Last updated: 01 Apr 2020
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