BHISS - Autism Support
The Autism and Language Team works with children, parents and schools to offer advice, guidance and support to successfully include children and young people (aged 4-16) with a diagnosis of autism or a social communication disorder in their educational setting. They work across maintained, academy and free schools.
The staff give schools and families access to qualified and experienced SEN Specialist Teachers and SEN Specialist Practitioners. This support helps ensure that with parental support, children and young people with a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition (ASC) are well supported both inside and outside of school.
Ways in which the Autism and Language Team works with schools and other education settings
The Team works in schools and other educational settings in a number of ways including:
- targeted observations, identifying strategies and giving individualised advice around working effectively with a child with an ASC or social communication disorder diagnosis
- general support strategies and advice offered to SENCos, teaching assistants or class teachers around best practice in teaching and learning for children with an ASC or social communication disorder diagnosis
- support to implement the Assess, Plan, Do, Review graduated approach including identifying appropriate targets for SEN Support plans
The Autism and Language Team works with children and young people and their families
The services offered to parents or families include:
- monthly ASC parent support coffee mornings with workshops
- training for parent carers
- input from the ASC Family Support Specialist Practitioner
Workshops and training programmes
There are comprehensive ASC training programmes for schools on support for Social Stories, anxiety and sensory issues. The service also directly delivers and contributes to training for schools and parents including: 'Time Out for ASC', a six week programme for parents of children under 10; 'Exploring ASC' for parents of children over 10; the 'Just Right' Programme to schools and parents and the Autism Aware Award (AAA) for schools.
The 'Just Right' Programme is a system using collour coding that aims to help children with ASC understand and communicate how they are feeling and what makes them feel 'just right'. The programme was developed here in Brighton & Hove. Find out more about the Just Right Programme and hear a child, and the adult who supports him in school, speak about their experience of it.
- BHISS telephone number: 01273 293481
- Email: BHISS@brighton-hove.gov.uk