Lambeth Autism Advisory Service
What is the Lambeth Autism Advisory Service?
The Autism Advisory Service is a Lambeth funded service offered to all schools in Lambeth. An Autism Advisory Teacher is a specialist teacher who advises schools on how to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to enable them to reach their full potential academically and socially whilst promoting independence. The Service provides support and training in schools for staff to develop a greater understanding of autism and to empower staff to apply good practice.
What does Lambeth Autism Advisory Service offer?
The service primarily provides training, professional advice and modelling, and can also support outcome and target setting in annual reviews. The Advisory Teacher runs regular workshops for school staff and bespoke in-school training which can be arranged to support individual staff. Parent workshops are also delivered.
The service also offers monthly drop-in Parent/Carer Support Groups which are held in different schools in Lambeth. These aim to provide opportunities to meet other parents/carers of children and young people with autism, to share experiences and to discuss strategies and interventions with both parents/carers and professionals. They also run NAS Early Bird+ and Teen Life Parent Training Programmes.
If you would like to find out more about these groups, please contact the Inclusion Managers.
Who is referred to Lambeth Autism Advisory Service?
All children with diagnosis of Autism can be referred to the Autism Advisory Service. A formal diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is required in order for the school to refer. Consent will be sought from parents/carers before making a referral.
In most cases, the Autism Advisory Teacher will observe the child and provide advice and recommendations on how to support the child in school. In some cases, the Autism Advisory Teacher can meet with parents/carers when they request this.
Edyta Zjawiony is the Autism Advisory Teacher supporting children with ASD at Julian’s.
Who can I speak to if I am concerned and/or need advice?
If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher and/or one of our Inclusion Managers.