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Who are WTT?

The Working Together Team are an education based support service commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council.

What is the role of WTT?

We work with settings by offering advice and training to professionals to support inclusive practice and positive outcomes for autistic children and young people and social communication needs up to the age of 19 years old.

“The team are very knowledgeable about best practice in supporting autistic pupils in mainstream education. They are committed to seeking to overcome obstacles to autistic pupils being included in mainstream schools. They recognise the importance of empowering and skilling up staff in mainstream schools. The team is established as a source of expertise in educating autistic pupils in mainstream settings” NAS Accreditation 2019

How do WTT work?

  • Children and young people do not need a diagnosis of autism in order for settings to access WTT support.
  • WTT are not part of the autism diagnostic pathway.
  • Settings can access WTT support in a variety of ways, through our WTT Ladder of support. 
  • WTT support is accessed via the settings SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator / SEN Inclusion Lead) and or the Head Teacher/Principal.
  • If a setting (and family) has concerns about a child/young person's social communication differences, they will start using the WTT Ladder. 
  • WTT can support families through working with their Child or Young Person's setting. 
  • WTT do not work directly with children/young people. 

In the first instance please contact your school's SENCO for a discussion if you have any concerns about your child. 

What support do WTT offer families?

  • Training workshops for parents/carers such as Understanding sensory integration differences, autism and anxiety and preparing for transition.  Please see the events' calendar for upcoming workshops
  • The National Autism Education Trust Making Sense of Autism Training.
  • National Autistic Society Parent programmes for families of diagnosed children/young people- Earlybird Plus (children aged 5 to 9) and Teen Life (young people ahead 10-16). For more information on these programmes and/or an application form, please use the email contact below.
  • Helpline support - to speak to a member of the Working Together Team via phone or email. To find out which WTT outreach teacher supports your child/young person's setting, please email us by clicking the button below.
  • We are able to support meetings for families of children attending a Lincolnshire mainstream setting through the WTT Ladder of support which is completed by schools, alongside discussion with family.

 

Click on the link below to download The Autism Education Trusts Parents Guide to

 Working together with your child's school

NAS Earlybird Plus

The EarlyBird Plus programme aims to equip parents and carers to develop a greater understanding of their child’s needs, following a diagnosis. The programme also aims to develop a consistent approach across settings (eg home and school). We encourage parents and carers to attend the sessions with a professional who is working regularly with their child. 

Parents are able to attend the programme without a supporting professional if they do not find someone available on the date.  
Our programme empowers parents and professionals to understand more about autism and the needs of the autistic children they support.

Topics include: 

  • communication and interaction 
  • using structure to support the autistic child in a range of settings and situations
  • developing social skills
  • understanding and supporting the child’s behaviour
  • problem solving. 

An EarlyBird Plus parent book will be provided to each family attending the sessions. 

Click the email link above to contact us for an application form

NAS Teen Life 

Teen Life is our six-session programme for parents/carers of autistic young people aged 10 to 16 years. The aim of the Teen Life programme is to bring parents together to share information, experiences and ideas in a structured way. Teen Life emphasises the importance of autistic perspectives, with a variety of videos and quotes used throughout the sessions.

Parents can choose to attend the programme with a supporting professional. Our programme empowers parents to understand more about autism.

Topics covered include: 

  • understanding autism in teenagers
  • self-esteem and spending time with other people
  • stress and anxiety
  • understanding your diagnosis
  • puberty and independence
  • education and planning for the future.

A Teen Life programme book will be provided to each family attending the sessions. 

Click the email link above to contact us for an application form