Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT)

Service Information:

Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT) work with parents and carers and their child or young person with a diagnosis of autism aged 0 to 13 years. They provide help to understand a child’s autism; supporting and empowering to provide strategies where needed and increase social opportunities.

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 autism that would otherwise be inaccessible for many families without support and advice. These include clubs for families and activities during every school holiday.

Service Criteria to include in the EHA:

The below information is required in addition to the information already requested in the EHA.

Sections 1 and 2:

This can either be completed by the Senco/Head teacher 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 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:

Must include the information below:

  1. An EHA will be accepted for students with or without an autism diagnosis.
    In the EHA it will need to state that social communication has been acknowledged and evidenced as a need by professionals (e.g. SLT, Paediatrician, Advisory Teacher, Senco).
  2. The desired outcomes for the student in section 7a. (e.g. how CAOT can support).
  3. Identify what you would like support with i.e. receptive language skills, expressive language skills, social communication skills, managing sensory issues and developing independent learning within section 7a (this will provide an overview for the CAOT person who this will be allocated to and what support you are hoping for).

Section 9:

Please use the drop-down menu to select “Children Autism Outreach Team”.

Contact Details:

Email address: SDInputters@somerset.gov.uk