Who are we?
The Communication & Interaction (C&I) Team consists of highly qualified and experienced Advisory Teachers, a Pre-5 Autism Specialist and Specialist Support Assistants. We offer support, advice and guidance for children and young people where Autism and/or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) is the primary need.
Who do we work with?
We work in partnership with educational settings from 0-25, as well as individual children and their families. Where possible this is in partnership with other agencies in education, health and social care.
What do we do?
We enable settings to provide best practice in educational provision for pupils with Autism and SLCN, including:
- high quality teaching
- targeted group interventions
- individualised learning
We enable staff to meet the needs of pupils through whole-school development, consultancy and training. In collaboration with schools and other professionals, we support parents/carers through parent programmes such as Cygnet and Robins. As a school-based service, direct involvement with parents/carers will be carried out in conjunction with school staff.
How do I access the service?
The Communication and Interaction Team considers referrals directly from schools and settings, which are processed centrally. A referrals meeting is held every third week during term time. Once a referral is accepted, an Advisory Teacher will be allocated and make contact with key professionals within the setting. The referral form is available in the ‘Schools and settings’ section.
The AET is a partnership of a wide range of individuals and organisations focused on improving the education of children and young people with autism from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It also actively engages with young people, parents/carers and practitioners to inform its work.
The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
Our service is based on evidence based standards and frameworks commissioned by the Communication Trust.