Increase in autism and language support in Brighton & Hove schools
Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) has announced an increased level of support across the city for children with autism. From September 2018, BHISS will have a combined Autism and Language Team which will include seven advisory teachers (including SEN Specialist Teachers), three family practitioners and an administrator.
From the start of the autumn term, every primary school will be allocated either a single advisory teacher covering both autism and language or two specialist teachers – one for autism and one for language – depending on the number of pupils and the complexity of their needs. All secondary schools will have two specialist teachers; one for autism and one for language.
BHISS says that the SEN Specialist Teachers who currently provide language support will be undertaking post-graduate qualifications in the field of autism and social communication, to strengthen their existing experience supporting children with autism.
BHISS Autism and Language Support also be increasing their Family Support Work to involve three practitioners, running more coffee mornings for parent carers of children with autism and launching specialist language coffee mornings from January 2019.
If your child already gets support in school via the BHISS ASC team, you should have received a letter explaining how the new service will work in more detail. Or you can download letters for primary and secondary school students here.