Autism Service

The Autism Support Team offer school based support to children and young people who have social communication difficulties or a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Autism Support Team offer school based support to children and young people in Northumberland with social communication difficulties or a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the current situation, and following national guidance, it is best to contact our team via the email address provided:  asd.behaviour.slcn@northumberland.gov.uk

Messages will be checked regularly and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.





The team aims to develop and enhance the skills and practices of school staff and improve educational outcomes for children and young people with social communication/ASD in educational settings across Northumberland.

The support we offer is generally tailored to the individual or school setting and may include a combination of:
  • observation
  • assessment
  • recommendation of strategies and approaches to enhance access to the curriculum
  • resource sharing
  • liaison with parents and carers
  • a comprehensive range of training packages for professionals.

We offer Cygnet Training for parents of children with a diagnosis of ASD that has been confirmed by Northumberland Children and Young People's Service (CYPS) or Northumberland Early Communication Clinic.

Our team members work closely with parents/carers, school staff and the young person to promote successful inclusion in the classroom. We provide written reports that outline key observations, information, strategies and approaches that should be incorporated into teaching programmes and classroom practice.

Request for support

SENCos (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) can request support from the Autism Service by completing the SEND Support Services ‘Request for Support’ form. All requests for support require signed parental consent. Please click on the links below to access the documents.

Individual support request form

Whole School request form
Use this form to request training, whole class support, small group work, school development work, etc.
Addtional days and transfer of days requests

Autism information pack

Please click here to view our Autism Information Pack.

How do we handle your information?

Please click here to view our 'How We Handle Your Information' document.

Contact us

Service Manager - Fiona Tarn
Office Manager - Helen Robson