The Specialist Support Service offers four Northamptonshire localities and each locality has a team specialising in support at different ages, Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
They offer support for a range of special educational needs and disabilities incuding autism, go to their web page to view specific eligibility criteria.
The Autism Outreach team is part of the SEND Specialist Support Services. This provides a needs based service for children with Special Education Needs and/or Autism aged 0-19. There is no need for a formal diagnosis. Autism Outreach team aims
• To work within educational settings empowering staff to introduce, understand and continue with strategies and interventions to enable young people on the autistic spectrum to access learning and progress to their full potential.
• To work with families and carers to enable them to introduce structure and consistency into the home and community and to enable a greater understanding of their child’s behaviour.
• The Autism Outreach team attend parent run forums in the county offering consultation appointments at FACT, ACE and Special Friends each month and run parent workshops (Spectrum and Reflections). See the website for more details.
When a referral for more specific support is made (be it direct from parents/carers or via school) the evidence that the child is showing areas of specific need at home and/or school will be needed. These referrals are assessed by a panel of staff who meet each fortnight to ensure the appropriate support is offered to the child or young person. This could be visits, consultations, support or advice.
Further support, which may include visits and observations in both home and school environments, will have to be subject to certain eligibility criteria. Information about the criteria and how to refer are on the website.Appointments
Appointments are available between 9am and 5pm and can be up to an hour long. This is an opportunity to seek advice and support from one of our Autism and SEND Practitioners.
No referral necessary, to book your appointment please email SSS@northamptonshire.gov.uk
First Tuesday of the month
YOS, London Road, Kettering, NN15 7PQ
Third Monday of the month
Northampton Town Centre Location
The Specialist Support Service also runs courses for parents and carers of children with a diagnosis of Autism, topics include: food, toileting, sensory difficulties, anxiety and anger. Contact the service direct for upcoming courses.