Childrens Autism Outreach Team (CAOT)

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Description

The CAOT Team are part of the Autism and Communication Service. The team provides help with understanding a child’s situation; supporting and empowering to provide strategies where needed and increase their social opportunities.

CAOT provides home visits to help parents and carers with advice and strategies within the home. They also help parents and carers with new skills to support their child or young person and help with access to other suitable resources.

CAOT also provides activities for children and young people that would otherwise be inaccessible for many families without support and advice. These include clubs for families and activities during every school holiday.

You can find out more on www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk and the Autism and Communication service page where you will be able to find out more about resources, training and general information.

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  • Are you eligible
  • To meet criteria for support the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT) will only accept an EHA if: The young person is 0 to 13 years and they have a current diagnosis of autism. Please make this clear in Section 7: the date of diagnosis and the name of the paediatrician. For evidence, please email the letter of diagnosis along with EHA. Please note: The CAOT Team are unable to support with Social Communication needs unless the above criteria are met.

  • How to access
  • Access to our service is through the Early Help Assessment (EHA) which is completed by SENCO/Head Teacher etc for a child in school. If parents wish to refer their child or if their child is not on roll of a school, they can phone the main Inclusion line on 01823 357000 where a member of staff will take their contact details and CAOT manager will ring them back, help to offer support over the phone on how to complete EHA.

    All information regarding the CAOT EHA, including criteria to access the service can be found on Professional Choices website www.professionalchoices.org.uk

    Team’s names and contacts:
    Karin Twiss – Senior Educational Psychologist
    Email: KTwiss@somerset.gov.uk
    Phone 01823 357000

    Barbara Mills – Senior Children’s Autism Outreach Worker
    Email: BAMills@somerset.gov.uk
    Phone 01823 357000

  • When is it available
  • Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed