The Autism Team from the Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS) provides specialist support to children who are on the autistic spectrum. They work alongside schools to provide bespoke interventions to help children with autism (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome to manage a mainstream setting. Often a member of the team will observe children in school and write reports which can support in getting a diagnosis of autism. They will also meet with parents to discuss strategies which might help children in the home setting. SISS also provides a range of support for parents and families through courses and events with Mrs Johnson can signpost to.
Our current SISS workers are Richard Bowley and Karen Garner. They regularly visit school to support children who have a diagnosis of autism or children we feel are on the autistic spectrum. We are able to access their support once they have a diagnosis from the Meadow Centre.
Mrs Johnson is our school ASD Lead Practitioner. Mrs Johnson can help support children, families and school staff manage children who have autism. As part of her role Mrs Johnson produces individual/customised resources and aids including social stories and comic strip conversations which support children develop a deeper understanding of feelings and emotions. Mrs Johnson also runs small emotional and social groups tailored to the individual or group needs of children. She also attends regular network meetings arranged by SISS and other Lead Professionals; this ensures we are always up to date with current thinking. Anybody wishing to speak to Mrs Johnson about any aspect of autism is welcome to get in touch via the school office.
Some useful websites for further information:
Resources for autism - https://resourcesforautism.org.uk/
The National Autistic Society - http://www.autism.org.uk/?gclid=CKPW4ODX6tECFYW87QodSGAEfQ
Autism West Midlands - http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/