Service for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

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About the service

This service consists of full time and part time Specialist Teachers, Specialist Professional Teaching Assistants (SPTAs) and a Home School Support Worker. The service provides support for children and young people with a medical diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in mainstream schools in Doncaster.

Children do not need a statement of Special Educational Needs in order to access support. Schools are entitled to request support from the Service if a pupil has a medical diagnosis of ASD. The service works closely with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Area Child Health and Social Services and has developed good links with the National Autistic Society (NAS) and local voluntary organisations. 

The role of the service:

  • to support the school in meeting the needs of the child with ASD in mainstream education

The service also:

  • provides information, training and advice for mainstream schools and other agencies
  • has a strong emphasis on liaison with the teacher and guidance for the Learning Support /Teaching Assistants
  • offers a variety of programmes to parents/carers that help with understanding autism and how to help and work with their child
  • may suggest or demonstrate strategies that help provide access to the environment and/or the curriculum at an appropriate level

Members of the Service try to meet with the pupil at least termly and, where appropriate, will work with the child and the family. 

The service can help families in providing information about ASD, by being available to meet and talk and by organising meetings. The service also helps by liaising with other agencies and facilitating links. Discrete advice is available on strategies that might help out of school and at home. 

How we can help

The service works for children and young people with a diagnosis of ASD in mainstream schools in many ways, including:

  • Provides support to the pupil using a variety of approaches 
  • Offers guidance and advice to schools, including LSA support group meetings
  • Liaises with parents, other agencies e.g. Speech and Language, Connexions 
  • Provides in-service training and information to teaching and non-teaching staff 
  • Provides accredited training for support assistants at OCN level 3 
  • Contributes to target setting for annual reviews/Individual Education Plans (IEP)
  • Attends annual reviews
  • Provides a helpline for parents and professionals working with ASD   
  • Provides accredited NAS EarlyBird courses for parents/carers
  • Demonstrates good practice in supporting a pupil in a mainstream school setting
  • Provides information, resources, equipment on autism
  • Provides guidance and materials to develop play skills, social skills, friendships, understanding emotions, coping with change and life skills.               
  • Helps children and young people to make a smooth transition between classes, key stages and schools.         

Support materials produced by the service should be available to professionals in mainstream schools.


Last updated: 28 February 2018 13:59:15