My child has autism
Guidance for parents and carers about help in school.
Schools have a responsibility to make provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
We provide funding through normal school budgets to help schools to support pupils with SEN. We have produced the Derbyshire Descriptors of SEN Provision.
The descriptors offer advice to primary and secondary schools about the level and type of support they should provide for pupils with additional needs.
We use the descriptors to monitor provision for pupils with SEN without a statement.
They outline how schools should:
assess, plan and review provision
arrange teaching groups
adjust the curriculum and teaching methods
provide resources such as access to additional support from a teaching assistant for up to three hours per week for pupils at School Action or up to eight hours a week for pupils at School Action Plus.
Your child may:
have a diagnosis of Autism, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger's Syndrome
have difficulties with communication, interaction and imagination which affect his or her learning
have difficulties developing language
have friendship problems
prefer to play alone
have difficulty understanding other people's feelings
lack conversation skills
find change difficult to cope with
have difficulties getting organised
have sensory issues such as over-sensitivity to noise
show stress at home
What can your school do?
Use teacher assessment and observations to establish how your child learns best
Find out which ways of teaching are the most effective
Discuss your child with relevant professionals who visit the school
Use this advice to plan different work for your child
Arrange for your child to have some extra help in smaller teaching groups supported by a teaching assistant
Have routines that will help your child understand what happens in each day
Use visual timetables and prompt sheets
Organise groups carefully to promote your child's opportunities for mixing with other children, using language and understanding and using imagination
Plan carefully for transitions when your child moves year groups or schools
Follow guidance from Derbyshire's File for Autism Friendly Schools.
Who else can help?
Schools and early years settings can make a referral to an Autism Outreach service.
Other services which can help include:
If your child has other difficulties as well as autism, all schools have access to county services which can offer support and advice for pupils with:
You or your child's teacher (with your permission) can ask a speech and language therapist to see your child.
Your GP can make a referral for physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and will also advise on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and voluntary services such as Barnardo's.
What other advice is available?
We have published comprehensive files of advice and information on autism, speech and language difficulties and dyslexia.
Buxton office - 01629 533535
Chesterfield office - 01246 204851
Denby office - 01629 533815
County Hall - 01629 536850
The full version of the SEN Descriptors is available in every school.
If you require this and other local inclusion officer service leaflets in large print or another format, please contact the head of Local Inclusion Officer service listed above.
Derbyshire Autism Pathways
These pathways describe how children whose needs may fall on the autistic spectrum should be identified and supported.
Stages one, two and four of the pathways also apply to children with other developmental disorders.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
The following documents are in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.
- Airport Awareness (2233KB)
- Autism Outreach leaflet (204KB)
- Autism Pathway - school age children and pre-school children in maintained settings (89KB)
- Autism Pathway - pre-school children in non-maintained early years settings or no setting (100KB)
- Autism Pathways - appendix with details of support services (52KB)
- Derbyshire provision for pupils with Autism: at a glance guide (40KB)
- Derbyshire Autism Pathways - Information for parents and carers (121KB)
- How to make a referral to Autism Outreach - updated July 2014 (82KB)
- My child has autism (53KB)