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Autism Outreach

The autism outreach service supports the inclusion of autistic children and young people ages 3 to 18 in mainstream schools. 

Peripatetic teachers visit children and young people in their mainstream setting across South Ayrshire.  The service works collaboratively with speech and language therapy to:

  • Meet the needs of identified autistic young people who are experiencing barriers to learning despite current supports in place in their mainstream setting
  • Support schools to identify the barriers to learning for individuals through observations and discussion with the individual, staff, family and other professionals as appropriate
  • Provide advice and examples of resources to support pupils, including staff visits to the communication base at Doonfoot Primary School
  • Empower staff to introduce, understand and continue with strategies and interventions to reduce barriers to learning and enable autistic young people to progress to their full potential  
  • Link with families, carers and other professionals to enable them to support school interventions
  • Provide awareness raising on autism for families, staff and peers
  • Support transitions throughout a child/young person's educational journey.

National support can be obtained from the National Autistic Society (