Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT)

Information regarding the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT), including criteria to access the Service, should be referred to, and can be found on the Professional Choices website (www.professionalchoices.org.uk).

Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT) work with parents and carers and their child or young person with a current diagnosis of autism or who are in the process of receiving an autism assessment, aged 0 to 13 years.

To meet criteria for support the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT) will only accept an EHA if: –

1 The young person is 0 to 13 years and they have a current diagnosis of autism. Please make this clear in section 7: the date of diagnosis and the name of the paediatrician. For evidence, please email the letter of diagnosis along with EHA.

2 If the young person is 0 to 13 years and has had a referral for an autism assessment accepted by a paediatrician. For evidence, please provide any correspondence from the paediatrician, the possible time scale (if known) and if any other professional such as SALT, educational psychologist, are currently involved.

NB: The CAOT Team are unable to support with Social Communication needs unless it is for the above criteria. Please read the section at the end of these guidelines, titled: Social Communication Support.

What CAOT provides:

  • CAOT provide home visits to help parents and carers with advice and strategies within the home, help with new skills to support their child or young person and help with access to other suitable resources.
  • They also provide activities for children and young people with a diagnosis of autism / awaiting diagnosis that would otherwise be inaccessible for many families without support and advice. These include clubs for families and activities during every school holiday.

 

Please read these notes alongside the EHA as you complete it.

Please note acceptance for CAOT is currently for children/young people aged from 0 to 13 years.

Sections 1 and 2

  • These can be either completed by the SENCo/Headteacher etc for a child in school or
  • If parents wish to refer their child or if their child is not on roll of a school, they can phone the main inclusion line on 01823 357000 where a member of staff will take their contact details and the CAOT manager will ring them back to complete the EHA with them.

Section 3

  • This must be completed as it gives consent

Section 4

  • We only require details of the child being referred but you may complete the whole section to provide a wider context

Section 5

  • We only require the names, address and contact details of parents / carers

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

Section 7

Please complete as much as you can in section 7 and you must include the information below:

 1 The young person is 0 to 13 years and they have a current diagnosis of autism. Please provide the following information: the date of diagnosis and the name of the paediatrician. For evidence, please email the letter of diagnosis along with EHA.

2 If the young person is 0 to 13 years and has had a referral for an autism assessment accepted by the paediatrician. For evidence, please provide any correspondence from the paediatrician, the possible time scale (if known) and if any other professional such as SALT, educational psychologist, are currently involved.

3 The Desired Outcomes for the young person {e.g. how can CAOT support}

4 In order for the allocated CAOT worker to have a clear understanding of the child’s or young person’s needs and the support required, please identify what you would like support with i.e. social communication skills, managing sensory issues and developing independent learning.

Section 8

  • Please complete as much of section 8 as you are able to

Section 9

 

Social Communication Support

The CAOT Team are unable to support with Social Communication unless it is for the criteria above.

Please read below for specific help on this:

  • For support for CYP with social communication needs who do not meet the criteria for CAOT, the A&C Advisory Service will be providing SENCOs with access to an ASD Toolkit and SLCN Toolkit which will include strategies, resources and signposts for social communication. Please contact your AT directly and these can be shared.
  • The A&C Advisory Service do support with Social Communication and an EHA can support this for school.

 

For home support, we would be suggesting the following:

  • PFSA within school could provide support within the home
  • PFSA within school could offer ‘Positive Parenting’ course
  • PFSA within school could offer ‘Tuning into Kids’ course
  • Contact Parent Carer Forum for support
  • Please contact your SENCO to ask what strategies they use that could support families to mirror what works in school at home
  • If the young person has ADHD & social communication needs, please contact your SENCo / PCF to be signposted to appropriate support groups.
  • For other medical conditions which present social communication needs but no autism, please contact your SENCo / PCF to signpost to appropriate support group.