Services for Children with Additional Support Needs

Moray Autism and Communication Disorder Team

What is the Moray Autism and Communication Disorder Team?

The team exists to support the needs of pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a social communication disorder who attended mainstream educational settings in Moray. The team is available for pre-school to secondary age pupils, their teachers and their families/carers. (3-18). Specialist staff work in an advice giving capacity for pupils who have been referred and in some cases will work with individual pupils or small groups. Advice and training is also offered to school staff.

What does the Team do?

The Team may:
Assess the individual needs of pupils with ASD in school.
Help schools prioritise needs.
Give general and specific advice to individual members of staff.
Provide mentoring and modelling where appropriate.
Provide advice and support to parents/carers on understanding and managing ASD.
Provide training to schools and other professionals on aspects of ASD.
Act as a link to other agencies and voluntary bodies.
Offer short-term loan of equipment to schools or parents/carers.

Who are the Autism Team?

Contact Details: Beechbrae, Duffus Road, Elgin, IV30 4NP tel. 01343 557900

Lesley Bell, Principal Teacher (jobshare)

Beccie Thornhill, Principal Teacher (jobshare)

Tania Winwood-Young, Teacher of Autism

Fiona Byerley, Teacher of Autism (part-time)

How do I access the Team?

Access is through school referral and each case is prioritised according to need.
Schools can request involvement by completing the Pupil Referral Information Form .
Parental consent must be granted for the Team to become involved.

The Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service has a range of duties in respect of children and young people, including those who have, or may have, additional support needs.  The work includes individual assessment, advice and support for parents, consultation and advice to schools, participation in multi-professional assessments, inter-agency liaison and direct support for individual children. Educational Psychologists are also involved in training, research and development activities.


Inclusion and Support Services

The main aim of the Inclusion and Support Service is to provide an integrated range of education and social work services to children of school age who experience serious social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.   These services are provided within schools by teaching staff and others with additional support provided through a team of outreach staff.   In addition, the Inclusion and Support Service has two specialist centres in Elgin where more individual help is provided to children who have particularly challenging behaviour.

The Early Years Education Service - Language Support

This peripatetic service covers the whole of Moray and the work involves young children with pronounced learning and communication difficulties.  The Service includes children with autistic spectrum and complex communication disorders within its remit.

The Early Years work covers pre-school children in the age range 3-7 years who have significant learning and/or communication disorders.  A strong emphasis is placed on support for parents and the work includes pre-school home visits.

The Language Support Service covers children in the early years of primary school and the focus is upon specific language and communication problems rather than general learning difficulties.  Supporting the transition into primary school is an important part of the remit.  It is the peripatetic equivalent of language unit provision which has been established in certain other authorities.

The Sensory Education Service:

The Moray Sensory Education Service (SES) comprises the Hearing Education Service and the Visual Education Service.  SES is a peripatetic service staffed by:

  • Teachers who specialise in working with deaf and visually impaired children.
  • Communication assistants trained and qualified in using British Sign Language (BSL) or Braille
  • Auxiliaries experienced in working with pupils with sensory impairment.

The Aims of the Moray Sensory Education Service

  • To promote access and opportunity for deaf and visually impaired children within Moray to ensure they achieve to their full potential.
  • To work collaboratively with parents and school to ensure a high quality of education appropriate to the needs of the child.
  • To offer support, advice and training opportunities to school staff and parents.

English as an Additional Language Service (EAL)

This service aims to facilitate access to the mainstream curriculum for bilingual pupils, and to ensure equality of opportunity within Moray schools.  It aims to enable pupils to take a full part in the life and work of the school and the wider  community, working in partnership with parents.  The service recognises the cultural and linguistic diversity of bilingual pupils as a positive contribution to be recognised by all.

Liaison with other Agencies

All Central Support Services work closely with other agencies including Paediatrics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Developmental Groups and Specialist Social Workers

Contact Us

Educational Psychology Service
Beechbrae Education Centre
Duffus Road

01343 550999

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