Autism Spectrum Education Team (ASET)

Our purpose

Our aim is to support and enable children and young people with social communication and interaction challenges and those on the Autism Spectrum to:

  • have equal access to every part of education
  • achieve their full potential in school and in the wider world
  • avoid being disadvantaged in society by their individual perspectives and experiences of the world
  • benefit from schools and settings that understand the impact of social communication and interaction challenges and Autism on children and young people and help them to learn in the best way for them.

Transition support

Transitions can be tricky for autistic children and young people. The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is an exciting challenge with a lot to look forward to.

We have worked with schools and listened to parents to put together transition support to enable a successful move from primary to secondary settings.

Children will be supported on a strengths based, needs led approach ensuring they receive the appropriate support.

Please talk to your primary school if you have any worries . We are in regular contact with all schools.

All Year 6 autistic children’s parents known to ASET will have received a letter outlining transition support.

Please use the resources here to help you talk with your child about the prospective move and help them feel they can manage this confidently.

Good Luck

I am worried my child may have some social communication and interaction differences/challenges

There are a range of professionals you can contact if you are worried. Who you contact will be dependent on your child’s age:

  • Explain your worries to your Health Visitor, Nursery or Childminder. There may be simple changes you can make to support your child’s communication and interaction
  • Go to your local Children’s Centre and ask to talk to someone about your concerns. They will work with you to decide what next steps to take.
  • Talk to your child’s pre-school, school or college about your worries. If they are pre-school then support can be requested from the Speech and Language Therapy team (see Therapy pathways). If your child is attending a school/college talk to a member of Staff who knows your child well or ask to speak to the SENCO. They may or may not share your concerns but will listen and together you can develop a plan for next steps.
  • You may want to consider asking a professional whether to start an Early Help Assessment. This will enable you to ask advice and be offered support from a with a range of professionals where appropriate.
  • • It is important you share any concerns with a professional who can then direct you to further support. This may involve liaison with the Autism Spectrum Education Team (ASET) and Education Psychology Service. Where necessary, they will observe/meet with your child, meet with you and other professionals who know your child well.

North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), North Lincolnshire Local Authority and HealthWatch have been working on a new multi-disciplinary Pathway for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  From September 2019 there will be;

  • A single ‘Neurodiversity Team’, offering a single point of access for all referrals relating to ASD and ADHD and including CAMHS, Education Psychology, ASET team and Primary Behavioural Support Services
  • A ‘graduated approach’ to completing assessment paperwork which will avoid duplication of assessment
  • Greater awareness of the support given by services including the ASET team, Education Psychology and Primary Behavioural Support Team and nurseries, schools, and colleges, at the earliest possible stage so that  ‘needs led’ interventions are put in place, based on presenting needs, regardless of diagnosis.

View the ASD-ADHD-Pathway [PDF, 2Mb]

Once you receive the diagnosis you will be asked by CAMHS if you would like to have your information shared with the Autism Spectrum Education Team (ASET) This will allow the team to discuss your child with school and also to send you information about our courses for parents of newly diagnosed children. Our courses are delivered in person and run twice a year for 7-8 weeks. See Support provided to children, young people and families.

If you have concerns about your child in school, then you should speak to their teacher and SENDCO, they may already be aware and working with your child. One of our Team will be linked with your child’s school to offer advice and support for children and young people both with a diagnosis and those who have social communication and interaction challenges.

Look at our Local Offer pages for other support agencies, for example SENDIASS, Short Breaks, Carers Support Service, and Parents Involvement and Participation (PIP).

There are also lots of national organisations which have informative websites for example the National Autistic Society.

Deciding when and how to talk to your child about their diagnosis is an entirely personal decision dependent upon their own level of awareness and understanding.

There are a number of websites and resources available that can help you know what to say and where to begin:

The following books may help when discussing autism with your child:


There is a range of support available including:

  • Information about the Autism Spectrum and related differences
  • Support for your child/young person – see above link
  • Liaison with professionals and agencies to offer advice, support and enable families with a solution focused approach
  • SCIP – Supporting Social Communication and Interaction – a Programme for Parents and Professionals – a seven-week course for families of children and young people up to age 11 with a diagnosis of ASD or at ‘Watchful Wait’ or have social communication and interaction challenges
  • SPAA – Support for Parents of Autistic Adolescents – an eight week programme delivered by the Team to support the parents of teenagers who are on the Autism Spectrum.

There is a range of support for schools, settings and other agencies including:

  • A       Toolkit: The Autism Spectrum Education team Support Strategies document helps schools and settings identify needs and put in place simple strategies to help your child. This can be used with children and young people with and without a diagnosis
  • Support packages and individual help to develop the communication, social interaction, imaginative and emotional skills of your child at all stages of school and college
  • Information about the Autism Spectrum and related difficulties alongside access to a library of resources which can be used to support a young person in explaining their diagnosis
  • Training for staff in all aspects of the Autism Spectrum, Social, Communication and Interaction challenges and associated training such as Social Stories and Sensory needs
  • Advice to staff on your child’s individual barriers to learning
  • Supporting schools in educating their own settings about the Autism Spectrum
  • Educating classmates about the Autism Spectrum
  • Help for your child with school/setting transitions
  • We work closely with other professionals to provide ‘joined up’ support
  • We are able to offer bespoke training for agencies and professionals
  • Support in explaining a young person’s diagnosis.

These are the people in our team:

  • Nicola Stephenson, Lead Teacher
  • Clare Noble, Teacher in charge of Primary
  • Vicki Turner, Specialist Teacher (Base)
  • Julie Dawson, Outreach Practitioner
  • Tamara Pullan, Outreach Practitioner
  • Wendy Brown, Outreach Practitioner
  • Vacancy, Outreach Practitioner
  • Vacancy, Outreach Practitioner
Last modified: February 10, 2023