Support for Early Years
How can you access EYFS support and who do we support?
Once a child enters Reception our role extends to also support children who have been identified as having a specific developmental language disorder by a speech therapist.
All requests for support are reviewed at a fortnightly panel meeting where the panel decides:
- if the criteria for the Communication and Interaction team’s involvement through our role with Devon County has been met
- if the criteria hasn’t been met but we could support through our traded/ directly commissioned support role
- if it isn’t appropriate for the C and I team at this time and which service may be able to meet the support need.
Settings are then contacted to alert them of the decision and to discuss why the decision was made.
Devon Graduated Response to SEND Support for EYFS
What do we do?
The role and support we then offer is outcome led and tailored towards the child and the settings individual needs; some settings prefer a single visit to review the strategies and provision in place while other more complex situations may require a number of supporting visits.
Initial visits typically involve meeting the supporting team to discuss progress, thoughts and concerns, observing the child in setting and (when possible) engaging with or alongside the child followed by verbal feedback to the supporting team. We are always happy to meet with parents during this visit to discuss their thoughts and wishes.
Support and advice often includes:
- Raising awareness of how a child with ASC often presents with differences in the 4 key areas of:
- Processing information
- Sensory processing
- Use of visual supports and where to place them
- Supporting transitions and change
- Adapting the physical and sensory environment to become an autism friendly environment
- Communication to a child and supporting their voice
- Teaching play and supporting peer engagement
As well as direct contact with the children and in-setting staff support we also offer a variety of training opportunities including:
The 3 tiers of early years training for the Autism Education Trust:
- Tier 1 - Making sense of Autism
- Tier 2 – Good Autism Practice
- Tier 3 – Leading Good Practice