Autism and Communication service

Information regarding the Autism and Communication service, including criteria to access the service, should be referred to and can be found on the Professional Choices website (www.professionalchoices.org.uk) and/or the Support Services for Education website (www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk):

Please read these notes alongside the EHA as you complete it with parents:

  • Sections 1 and 2 need to be completed
  • Section 3 must be completed as it gives consent
  • In section 4 we only require details of the child being referred but you may complete the whole section to provide a wider context
  • In section 5, we only require the names, address and contact details of parents / carers
  • In section 6, we only need to know professionals who are directly involved with the child you are referring. You may complete the whole section to provide a wider context
  • Please complete as much as you can in section 7, section 7 must include the information below, please ensure you:
    • Please follow the advice on the “Concerns Flowchart” on Professional Choices in the ‘School Information Pack’. You will need to Log-in to Professional Choices to be able to access this. Include evidence that you have put support in place for the individual and reviewed the outcomes. If no intervention has begun, (e.g. new to area, re-integrating back into education, adverse childhood event) please acknowledge this when sending in the EHA. This may result in the EHA not being initially accepted, but guidance will be given by an Advisory Teacher.
    • include the staff confidence rating (1-5) in understanding and meeting the needs of children with autism and communication
    • the desired outcomes for the student in section 7a
    • identify what you would like support with ie: receptive language skills, expressive language skills, social communication skills, managing sensory issues and developing independent learning within section 7a
  • Please complete as much of section 8 as you are able to
  • In section 9, use the drop down menu to select “Autism and Communication Service”
  • Download and complete the Universally speaking 5 – 11 checklist
  • Please ensure you send the EHA to SSE.SEN@somerset.gov.uk and the EHACoordinator@somerset.gov.uk. Please attach the completed Language and Communication checklist to the email as this will be required before referral can be considered