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The Autistic Spectrum Team

Who is this?

The person who visits our school from the AS team is Andrew Mercer.

Who does he see?

Andrew can only work with students who have a formal diagnosis of Autism. He also works with the families of these children and so is supporting home as well as school. He is not the person who can give this diagnosis

What does he do?

Andrew provides school with expert advice as to the next steps for children on the Spectrum and provides support for the family.

What happens if school requests that my child is seen?

In all cases the SENCO fills in a referral form and this is shared with parents or carers. Parents/ carers are asked to sign the form to show they have given their consent.

Once a date has been fixed, the SENCO organises a timetable. The dates for visits are usually sorted out at the end of an academic year so that these are planned.

Andrew observes the student in class, meets with the staff working with that student and their parents. He then will offer advice. Sometimes his visit will coincide with a meeting in which case he will attend. He usually helps to write an IEP based on his advice.

What happens after the visit?

A report is sent to school. School store these reports in a locked filing cabinet and the essential points are shared with staff. In the case of primary students, the class teacher will have copy. In the case of secondary students the advice is shared with staff along with any information which may help staff in understanding the young person’s needs. A third copy is sent home to parents. The SENCO and staff then follow this advice.