Autism and Social Communication

Cognus’ Autism Service is an education support service focusing on supporting pupils with social communication difficulties or a diagnosis of autism to access education.  We work with education settings including early years, primary and secondary schools and Post-16 settings. This can include one-to-one work with specific students, support and workshops for parents and advice and training for the settings to become more autism-friendly.

Young people can also access a ‘one-off’ understanding diagnosis session to help them further understand what their diagnosis means to them. This is a free service delivered jointly with the Paving the Way team.

Support for parents/carers:

Parents can access free workshops run jointly with the Paving the Way team. These are repeated on a termly basis and cover a range of topics:

  • Understanding autism/social communication differences
  • Strategies to support communication
  • Problem solving behaviour
  • Sensory differences
  • Access to services
  • School strategies
  • Emotions and anxiety
  • Eating/sleeping
  • Using Zones of Regulation to support understanding of emotions
  • Explaining a diagnosis to your child

For more information about the Autism Service, please email

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