The Specialist Support Service (SSS) operates in four Northamptonshire localities, and each locality has a team specialising in support at different ages, Early Years, Primary, and Secondary.
SSS offer support for a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including autism (ASD).
There is no need for a formal diagnosis.
You can access support from the SSS without a formal referral. You can attend their Courses and Workshops
Topics include: food, toileting, sensory difficulties, anxiety, and anger.
You can also have request a personal consultation. 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 the SEND practitioners. To book an appointment please email SSS@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.ukFormal referrals
When we have received a formal referral, from either a parent or an educational setting, a panel meeting takes place to agree whether the child is eligible and to decide the best service offer based on the information provided and further assessment.
Further support (which may include visits and observations in both home and/or school environments) will be subject to certain eligibility criteria.
Information about the criteria and how to refer are on the Specialist Support Services website Portage
The role of the Portage Team is to empower and support families with children under age 5 and Early Years settings, (pre-schools, playgroups, nurseries or childminders) to:
• Build on each child’s individual strengths and to identify next steps for their development
• Encourage children’s social interaction with their peers and adults
• Fully include children in a range of Early Years activities
The team will work with families and settings to agree learning and developmental objectives and Individual Education Plans and support families and settings to review and monitor these plans. They promote learning through play. Early Help
Additionally, there are Early Help Caseworkers on the SSS team who are available to support children and their families where there is a need for an ”Early Help Assessment” (EHA) and where the child’s special educational need or disability is a primary consideration. The team support the whole family to access information and services which may be relevant to the needs of their child.
The team will work with the family for a short term period of support.