If your child has been diagnosed with autism, the Lark Hall Autism Outreach Service can give advice, support and training to children, families, schools and early years’ settings.
Based at Lark Hall Primary School and Centre for Autism, the team of five outreach teachers all have training, experience and specialist knowledge in autism.
The team focus on early intervention by becoming involved prior to the establishment of an EHCP.
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1. What we do
We give advice and support to schools to help them meet the additional educational needs of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism. This includes developing an inclusive and autism friendly learning environment.
Our service enables 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.
Every school is offered an agreed level of monitoring and support. We work with parents and carers, special educational needs and disabilities coordinators (SENCOs) and school staff to implement interventions, to support staff training and to develop inclusive practice.
- training and workshops
- advice for staff through modelling, informing planning and supporting target setting
- direct work with your child
- recommendations for resources
- support for moving between schools and getting older.
We recognise the importance of having close links with other agencies who are also involved with your child or young person such as speech and language therapists and educational psychologists, particularly around developing and implementing strategies and interventions.
2. Who we work with
We work with children and young people who:
- have a formal diagnosis of autism
- are Lambeth residents
- are currently between reception and year 11.
Each referral received will be placed on a list according to priority and allocated to a member of our team.
The team member will then contact the school directly.
We also work in partnership with:
- parents and carers
- speech and language therapists
- occupational therapists
- educational psychologists
- child and adolescent mental health services
- social care services
- other professionals.
3. Support for parents and carers
We offer monthly drop-in 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.
There are also ongoing opportunities to meet with your designated outreach teacher at your child or young person’s school.