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ASD Outreach Services

The Abbey School provides a successful and much valued autism outreach service. The service supports pupils with autism in west Surrey mainstream secondary schools by building capacity in supported schools, empowering and developing the skills of mainstream staff with practical advice and training, and promoting a holistic approach to working with students and their families.

Below are some recent examples of feedback about our work..............

“The impact of the ASD outreach service has been very positive. My confidence in working with pupils with ASD has grown and awareness of ASD has been raised within our department. We have been able to use appropriate strategies successfully.”

“The outreach service and feeling of support being there has been excellent.”

“Really value Outreach input and support. It is realistic and relevant to the setting”

The outreach service is provided by highly experienced staff. It is free of charge to Surrey secondary schools. Other schools may request outreach support (with a charge for the service provided). The outreach service will undertake the following:

  • Classroom observations and meetings with students
  • Meetings with parents/carers and external agencies involved
  • Written reports following the outreach visit that will include conclusions, recommendations and suggested strategies as appropriate
  • Bespoke staff training
  • E-mail and telephone contact
  • In-reach service for staff from supported schools, to enable them to see good practice in action

Students must be referred to the service by their school, but parents can request outreach involvement by approaching the SENCo/ Inclusion Manager of their child's school.

SENCOs/Inclusion Managers, please download the referral form below. If your school is new to the service please also complete the Service Level Agreement as well. If you are interested in arranging for staff to attend an in-reach session, please contact Jill Currie (jcurrie@abbey.surrey.sch.uk)

The service also works with parents, offering the Barnardo's Cygnet programme, an in-depth course designed to support parents and carers of children and young people aged 7-18 with autism. If you are a parent and you are interested in attending the course, please contact Jill as above.

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