If your child has been diagnosed with autism, the Lambeth Autism Advisory Service can give advice, support and training to children, families, schools and early years’ settings.

local offer logo The Service is a targeted provision. The main aim of the Service is to deliver advice and support to schools enabling them to meet the additional educational needs of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism. We work collaboratively with primary schools in their continuing development in order to create an inclusive and autism friendly learning environment. We offer a comprehensive range of training topics to our secondary schools.

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1. What we do

The Service advises schools to enable children and young people to reach their full potential academically and socially whilst promoting independence. We provide support in schools in order for staff to develop a greater understanding of autism and to empower staff to apply good practice.

The team consists of specialist teachers trained in interventions such as TEACCH, PECS, SCERTS, Social Stories and other autism-specific strategies. The AET National Autism Standards are also promoted by the Service across schools to support regular evaluation of effective inclusive practice. The Service is funded by the Local Authority. Every school is offered an agreed level of monitoring and support.

We provide:

  • Training and workshops across the school year for primary school staff
  • Advice and modelling of resources and interventions.
  • Bespoke in-school training which can be arranged to support individual schools through their advisory teacher.
  • Secondary schools can buy in and access up to 6 training workshops per year

2. Who we work with

We work in collaboration with parents/carers, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators (SENDCOs), Speech and Language Therapists (SALT), Occupational Therapists (OT), Educational Psychologists (EP), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Children’s Services, and school staff to implement interventions and to develop inclusive practice.

3. Support for parents and carers

We also offer monthly drop-in Parents Support Groups held in different mainstream schools across the borough.

These aim to provide opportunities to

We also offer monthly drop-in Parents Support Groups held in different mainstream schools across the borough.

These aim to provide opportunities to

  • meet other parents of children and young people with autism
  • share experiences
  • discuss strategies and share ideas with both parents and professionals.

We also encourage and support schools to hold individual coffee-mornings to encourage parents to meet, talk and share their experiences.

4. Contact us

Based at:

Special Educational Needs
Lambeth Civic centre
Brixton
SW2 1EG
Email: LAAS@lambeth.gov.uk
Tel: 07849 079 140

Postal Address:

London Borough of Lambeth
Special Educational Needs
Lambeth Autism Advisory Service
PO Box 734
Winchester
SO23 5DG