Middletown Centre for Autism - Advice & Guidance

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Advice & Guidance


Training, Advice and Guidance

A major part of the Research and Development service includes the delivery of an advice and guidance service for children and young people, parents and professionals.  This service provides learning support for children and young people who despite specialist input continue to experience difficulties in their educational setting.

The Centre is currently working intensively for up to three terms (depending on need) in a trans-disciplinary, capacity building model in schools and homes in Northern Ireland.

Criteria for Referral to the Advice and Guidance Service

  • The child or young person’s special educational needs have been identified by the Education and Library Boards.
  • The child or young person should be between the ages of 2 and 19 years and the Education and Library Board retains responsibility for their education.
  • The child or young person will be  experiencing difficulty in their educational setting despite support from first level services.

The advice and guidance service is a second level service aiming to provide further assessment, learning support and intervention for children and young people on the Autism Spectrum. 

Trans-disciplinary Team

The advice and guidance service is delivered by a trans-disciplinary team. The team currently includes three Teachers an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, a Behaviour Therapist and a Trainer/Advisor. Those team members most relevant to meeting the needs of the child or young person will carry out observations, assessments and intervention as appropriate.   One  team member will co-ordinate the child or young person’s Learning Support Plan and be the main contact for the child or young person, their family and school staff.

The service will provide:

  • A detailed trans-disciplinary assessment and learning support plan
  • Specific training for those working with the child or young person referred to the service
  • Home support and advice for parents in relation to their child’s education
  • Support for children and young people for up to three terms according to need.

Please contact the Centre for further information on the advice and guidance service.