Autism Spectrum Education Team (ASET)

Our purpose

Our aim is to support and enable neurodiverse 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 potential and make a successful transition to the adult world
  • be able to assert their individual perspectives and experiences of the world
  • benefit from attending schools and settings who understand the impact of social communication and interaction challenges and Autism and work with children and young people to find solutions to identified challenges
  • be included in schools and settings who understand neurodiverse needs challenges and ensure reasonable adjustments are used in a strengths-based approach.​

We work closely with the Complex Behaviour Team who support and enable parents to support children with complex behaviour presentations linked to social communication and interaction and other neurodivergent needs.

Secondary transition support

Transitions can be tricky for autistic children and young people. The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 can be 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 Family Hub 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.

In North Lincolnshire we have a Multi Agency Pathway for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Autism Spectrum Education Team (AST), Behaviour Support Team (BST), Education Psychology (EPS) and the North Lincolnshire Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS) work together to ensure that we have a strengths based, needs led process to support children and young people. We have:

  • A single Neurodiversity Team offering a single point of access to assessments for autism and adhd
  • A graduated approach to completing referrals which gathers a wide range of information
  • Greater awareness is given to the support from ASET, BST and EPS as well as information from nurseries, schools and colleges. This is done at the earliest possible stage so that needs-led interventions are put in place based on presenting need 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 section below.

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 North Lincs Parents Forum.

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 the impact it can have on the individual
  • Support for your child/young person
  • Liaison with professionals and agencies to offer advice, support and enable families with a solution focused approach
  • SCIP and SPAA course details. One day course with the opportunity to attend specifically focused satellite sessions. Families can attend the sessions that they feel would be most beneficial.

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

  • 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 or 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.  Support in explaining a young person’s 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’ approach to support
  • We can offer bespoke training for agencies and professionals.

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
  • Tricia Protheroe Outreach Practitioner
  • Donna Ford Outreach Practitioner
  • Rebecca Lyons Specialist Teacher
Last modified: May 9, 2024