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Staffordshire County Council services

*Autism Outreach Team

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 25 in mainstream settings.

Staff are responsible for training delivery across the county.

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 resources in 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.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jeanette Gethin / Kate Prinold
Contact Position
Team Manager
01785 356830

Local Offer

Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
Last updated: 09 Oct 2019
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