ASD Support Service
ASD Support Service
Professionals’ training events can be found at tbmpts.com
Parents’/carers’ training events and support groups can be found at https://www.rainbowresource.org.uk/pages/autism-information
Bath and North East Somerset local authority have commissioned an extended and enhanced ASD Support Service from September 2020.
Who is the service for:
- children and young adults with a confirmed ASD diagnosis aged 0 -25 as detailed below
- autistic children and young people attending B&NES early years settings, schools and academies and FE with or without an EHCP (up to age 18 years)
- children and young people with B&NES home address, attending education providers outside B&NES who have an EHCP
- autistic young adults with B&NES home address and EHCP aged between 18 and 25
- parents, carers and families of the autistic children and young adults above
- professionals working with the autistic children and young adults above
What the service offers:
- The service is available all year round excluding Bank Holidays
- Advice and support with practical strategies and resources for providers and families
- Telephone helpline available on Wednesday mornings (9am -12 noon) all year round on 01761 412198 Ext 2
- Multi agency sign posting and collaboration
- Transition advice and support when requested
- Training and continuing professional development for professionals using AET training modules (autismeducationtrust.org) and other open or bespoke training options detailed on www.tbmpts.com . Delivered face to face and through online delivery.
- Training opportunities for parents and families including Barnardos Cygnet programme (delivered face to face and online), SPACE (for parents of very young children) and other events. Detailed on Rainbow Resource autism pages (rainbowresource.org.uk)
- Using B&NES Graduated Approach:
- CPD and advice on provision/strategies at universal level
- Observation, discussion and support for those at SEN/targeted support level including contribution to EHCP process and to subsequent annual reviews
- Direct, time limited support for some autistic individuals at specialist level
- Autism champion networks for professionals working with 4 phases: Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16. Details of meetings on tbmpts.com
- Teen Group social events for those autistic youngsters attending mainstream settings who would like to meet others with similar profiles. Details on Rainbow Resource. Informal parent support group meet simultaneously.
- Attendance /contributions to annual reviews on request.
Who is in the team?
- There are 5 specialist teachers within the team working part time. All have both mainstream and special school experience including working with autistic children and young people.
- There are 3 specialist teaching assistants within the team. All have considerable experience of working with autistic children and young people. They are also trained as parent support workers.
- There is a service administrator.
- There will be a part time autism and anxiety practitioner who will work directly with a caseload of autistic children and young people using evidenced based approaches on a lime limited basis. They will also contribute to the CPD offer and in particular liaise with Child Health and CAMHS. Currently we are unsure when the practitioner will be starting work.
- There will be a part time occupational therapist who will be able to provide sensory processing assessments, provide advice and run CPD events. Currently we are unsure when the OT will be starting work.
How can we access the team?
- The service is based at Fosse Way School. The email address for the service is email@example.com . The postal address is Fosse Way School, Longfellow Road, Radstock BA3 3AL. Tel 01761 412198 Ext 2
- There is a referral form (available with this document) to be used to refer individuals to the service
- Providers are requested to complete the information document (attached with this document) providing contact information which should also be used if requesting organisational training or CPD (individual bookings can be made through tbmpts.com)
New developments…watch this space!
- Training and support to use the AET Progression Framework to identify targets and monitor progress of autistic children and young adults (overview attached but full tool available to download free from autismeducationtrust.com)
- Autism Award for providers and the wider community in B&NES is being considered positively by the Autism Partnership Group