Where a child or young person is not making expected progress in a school, college or early years setting involvement from external, specialist professionals such as myself is advised in the SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2014)
If you require independent autism specialist advice or consultation regarding a child, young person or adult or your own autism specific /complex needs to contribute towards:
- High Needs Funding
- A Request for an EHC Plan
- Advice for an EHC plan
- To inform improved or more specialist provision
Please contact me directly for more details.
Methods and costs vary depending upon individual requirements.
Case studies of outcomes of previous consultations/advice
Case Study 1:
A school engaged me to support them and a family to ensure that a child’s needs were being met appropriately and to enable them to speed the process of transition to a more specialist placement. The child is now in his new specialist placement and thriving and parents and school are delighted and have engaged me for more specialist advice.
Case Study 2:
Parents of a young person with autism requested help and support to understand their son’s needs and to be able to ensure his needs were being met in a mainstream secondary school. They said: “Our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 13 and we needed someone to help us help him. Sarah has done just that and more, providing us with expert advice and support when we needed it. She’s given us the knowledge and confidence to make sure we get the best for our son “.
Case Study 3:
A parent contacted me with regards to their un-diagnosed child. She had many concerns and was finding it understandably difficult to decide on what the priorities were in a complicated situation. She met with me for a two-hour discussion and I produced a short advisory report for her. After the meeting she contacted me to say: ” Many thanks for the information you sent me. The discussion was very useful in that it helped me to focus on what [my child’s] key issues are that require help. I have arranged an OT Assessment/intervention as this is necessary in my view …. MAAT clinic has offered her a full assessment. ”
Case Study 4:
I was commissioned by a school to support them and a family to identify the specific needs of a young child who was on a lengthy waiting list for diagnosis. The needs were complex( extreme demand avoidance/PDA) and both practical advice for school and home, emotional support for parents and a report to contribute to a request for an EHCP were required. Following the advice, personalised assessment, report and joint working practices an EHCP assessment was offered and delivered by the Local Authority to ensure the child’s needs were met.
Case Study 5:
A primary school who had a high number of children with autism in Key Stage 2 with the support of the Local Authority decided to set-up a resourced autism class for these and other children. I gave advice and training for the staff involved to enable effective outcomes. Following this work the school and staff have successfully developed the provision and it goes from strength to strength.
I can offer many more examples where reasonable adjustments, support, diagnosis, EHCP’s etc have been achieved as a result of my and colleagues’ contributions to teamwork.