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 (autism.org.uk)