SEND Local Offer for Coventry - Complex Communication Team - Autism and Social Communication 

The Complex Communication Team are a team of experienced teachers who specialise in supporting primary and secondary age children and young people who are diagnosed with autism, or who present with social communication difficulties. They consider the child or young person’s needs and provide supportive and enabling strategies for the individual, their school and their parents/carers.

How do they work?

They are a traded service, that means that their services are bought in by schools. They work closely with schools to provide support for individuals, groups and school staff, and we also deliver staff training on a bespoke basis.

Schools request work at termly planning meetings. Parents must give their consent and their views are requested before work begins.

When they meet pupils, they talk to them about the things they are good at, the areas they find tricky and how they would like things to improve.

Information from parents, pupil and school is used alongside their own professional judgement to determine priorities and next steps. Recommendations for supportive strategies and interventions which will have a positive impact on pupil progress are provided to school. Progress can be reviewed by the team or by school.

How can they help you?

The Complex Communication Team can offer a range of services including:

  • Observation in class (advice, strategies, resources)
  • One to one interventions with CYP (including ‘Pupil Voice’)
  • Group interventions
  • Meetings with parents (both individual and groups)
  • Caseload surgeries
  • Peer awareness sessions
  • Assemblies around Autism Awareness
  • Learning walks/Environmental audits
  • Informal assessments of individual children
  • Attendance at My Support Plan meetings and Annual Reviews
  • Formal reports 
  • Training packages

Specific one to one interventions that they offer include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Managing anxiety
  • Self-awareness
  • Diagnosis awareness
  • Friendship skills
  • Self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • Intensive interaction
  • Understanding puberty

Specific group interventions that they offer include:

  • Social skills
  • Transition groups
  • Lego Therapy
  • Relaxation groups
  • Yoga for children
  • Others at the request of the school

How to contact them

Support can be accessed through your child or young person's school.

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