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 ‘Every Child and Young Person in the Rother Valley Matters’

If there are concerns regarding communication, social skills, inability to cope with change, obsessive behaviours and a need for a rigid routine after discussion with parents and school the pupil may be referred to the Social Communication Team who will usually visit the school to carry out an observation of the pupil in class and at play. Following these observations they will meet with parents and staff to suggest strategies for use at home and school. Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) and/or a Paediatrician may also be involved. Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) has to be a medical diagnosis.

Autism Sussex provides Short Breaks for children and young people in West Sussex. These include 1:1 outreach support (buddy) and after school and Saturday clubs. The focus of these support sessions is to inspire and motivate engagement in fun activities.

Referral through school SENDCo or GP

Social Communication Advisory Team carry out an observation at school

CAMHs and/or a paediatrician may be involved

Autism (Autistic Spectrum Condition)


Autism Reaching Families and Amaze Factsheet here

Understanding Autism - WSCC leaflet  

Visit the WSCC website

WSCC Autism and Social Communications Team here

Autism Sussex Family Support  website

Telephone: 08454 500 060


Autism Education Trust website

National Autistic Society website

Individual Support and Advice Sessions

in Chichester, more information here

BBC News article, ‘Donald Grey Triplett: The first boy diagnosed as autistic’ here

Autism Friendly Classrooms for Primary Schools here