Autism

Our purpose

Our aim is to provide support so children and young people with social communication and interaction challenges and those on the Autism Spectrum can:

  • have equal access to every part of education
  • achieve their full potential in school and in the wider world
  • avoid being disadvantaged in society by their individual perspectives and experiences of the world
  • benefit from schools and settings that understand the impact of social communication and interaction challenges and Autism on children and young people and help them to learn in the best way for them.

I am worried my child may have some social communication difficulties interaction and/or sensory needs and that they may be Autistic.

There are a range of professionals you can contact if you are worried. Who you contact will be dependent on your child’s age:

  • Explain your worries to your Health Visitor, Nursery or Childminder. There may be simple changes you can make to support your child’s communication and interaction
  • Go to your local Children’s Centre and ask to talk to someone about your concerns. They will be able to direct you to support. You may attend the Emotional, Health and Wellbeing Drop In where you can talk directly to one of our team.
  • Talk to your child’s pre-school, school or college about your worries. If they are pre-school then support can be requested from the Speech and Language Therapy team (see Therapy pathways).  If they are school age or at College then support can be requested from CAMHS through the SENCO, Mental Health Champion of their school, Health Visitor or GP. They may share some of your concerns, or they may not, but do not let this worry you.
  • You may want to consider asking a professional whether to start an Early Help Assessment and then talk with a range of relevant professionals in a meeting.
  • Go to your GP and talk with them. You can even look at the National Autistic Society website to gain more understanding and pick up some tips.
  • It is important you share your worries and concerns with a professional who can then direct you to further support. This will involve liaison with the Autism Spectrum Education Team (ASET) and Education Psychology Service. Where necessary, they will observe/meet with your child, meet with you and other professionals who know your child well. This information will support CAMHS  in understanding your child if they are referred to.

North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), North Lincolnshire Local Authority and HealthWatch have been working on a new multi-disciplinary Pathway for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  From September 2019 there will be;

  • A single ‘Neurodiversity Team’, offering a single point of access for all referrals relating to ASD and ADHD and including CAMHS, Education Psychology, ASET team and Primary Behavioural Support Services
  • A ‘graduated approach’ to completing assessment paperwork which will avoid duplication of assessment
  • Greater awareness of the support given by services including the ASET team, Education Psychology and Primary Behavioural Support Team and nurseries, schools, and colleges, at the earliest possible stage so that  ‘needs led’ interventions are put in place, based on presenting needs, regardless of diagnosis.

View the pathway for neurological diversity including Autism and ADHD [PDF, 532Kb]

Once you receive the diagnostic paperwork you will also have been automatically referred to the Autism Spectrum Education Team (ASET). In due course you will receive an invite for one of our Parenting courses.

Talk to your child’s school/college. They may already be aware and be working with you and your child.

One of our Team will be working with the school and sharing a range a strategies to support (see Toolkit) and children and young people both with a diagnosis and those who have social communication and interaction challenges.

Where specific work has been indicated following diagnosis a member of ASET will be in touch with parents and school to discuss how best to deliver this work. There may be a need to liaise with CAMHS and other agencies such as Complex Behaviour Team to support you and your child.

Ask for an Early Help Assessment if there is not one in place. This will help bring other agencies to meetings to discuss support.

Look at our Local Offer pages for other support agencies, for example SENDIASS, Short Breaks, Carers Support Service, and Parents Involvement and Participation (PIP).

There are also lots of national organisations which have informative websites for example the National Autistic Society.

We provide support to children, young people and families including:

  • Information about the Autism Spectrum and related difficulties including a library of resources.
  • Support for your child in their setting.
  • Working with other professionals and agencies who may be of help to the family.
  • Parent / carer coffee mornings in Scunthorpe at the ASET bases.
  • There are parent support groups in Brigg and Epworth. These are open to all and ASET can attend on request.
  • SCIP – Supporting Social Communication and Interaction – a Programme for Parents and Professionals – an eight week course for families of children and young people up to age 11 with a diagnosis of ASD or at ‘Watchful Wait’ or have social communication and interaction challenges.
  • SPAA – Support for Parents of Autistic Adolescents – an eight week programme delivered by the Team to support the parents of teenagers who are on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Workshops for parents who have attended SCIP or SPAA such as Writing Social Stories.

We work with the brothers and sisters of children who are on the Autism Spectrum, who may require support in understanding autism.

We provide support to schools, settings and other agencies including:

  • An Autism Spectrum Toolkit which helps school identify needs and put in place simple strategies to help your child. This can be used with children and young people with and without a diagnosis.
  • Support packages and individual help to develop the communication, social interaction, imaginative and emotional skills of your child at all stages of school and college.
  • Information about the Autism Spectrum and related difficulties alongside access to a library of resources.
  • Training for staff in all aspects of the Autism Spectrum, Social, Communication and Interaction challenges and associated training such as Social Stories and Sensory needs.
  • Advice to staff on your child’s individual barriers to learning.
  • Educating classmates about the Autism Spectrum.
  • Help for your child to transition smoothly from class to class and school to school and beyond.
  • We work closely with other professionals to provide ‘joined up’ support.
  • We are able to offer bespoke training for agencies and professionals.

These are the people in our team:

  • Nicola Stephenson, Lead Teacher
  • Clare Noble, Teacher in charge of Primary
  • Sarah Huddart, Outreach Practitioner
  • Julie Dawson, Outreach Practitioner
  • Karen Clifford, Outreach Practitioner
  • Angela Pell, Outreach Practitioner
  • Tamara Pullan, Outreach Practitioner
  • Vicki Turner, Specialist Teacher (Base)

Primary Base

c/o Oasis Academy Parkwood
Plymouth Road
Scunthorpe
DN17 1SS

Tel: 01724 872938

Secondary Base

c/o Melior Community College
Chandos Road
Scunthorpe
DN17 1HA

Tel: 01724 292908

Young boy sticking his tongue out

Further Information

Contact Us

nledpsychology@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296679

Scunthorpe South
Early Learning Development Centre
Ashby High Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN16 2RY

Last modified: November 4, 2019