The Disabled Children’s Consultation and Advice Team does not case hold, but are a small team of three advisors with a wide range of experience, skills and knowledge. They can upskill professionals in universal and targeted settings, including family support workers, nursery staff, and any professional working directly with children, young people who already have diagnosed disability or are currently awaiting a social communication assessment for Autism from birth to 17 years (and their families). They provide webinar training and workshops throughout the year which can be accessed by all professionals.
Feedback and learning form the training webinars can be explored in case discussions following the workshops and some individual advice and consultation may be provided through surgeries throughout the year.
The advisors work to equip professionals with strategies and resources to be confident in working directly with Disabled children and their families and carers.
They can help to identify resources and give guidance on practical strategies like creating social stories, using visual timetables and embedding consistent routines. This includes individual tailored plans meeting the needs of the child and family.