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Using our understanding of differences usually associated with autism, we listen carefully so we can assess the support needs of each person, who may also have other conditions, before making recommendations.

We offer a personalised range of teaching and support packages, including diagnostic explanation, each tailored to the specific needs of the individual young person. These include teacher training, direct support for young people in school and flexible education opportunities for autistic children who might find it more beneficial to learn in a different environment to school.

“OSSME is the best, most tailored, resource available for pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions.” – Teacher

Individual support

We provide consultancy to schools, colleges and individuals, which allows schools to flexibly use OSSME for specific needs such as support in school, college, university, in the home or attending clubs.

For teachers not sure how to help an autistic child achieve their best, we develop and model autism specialist strategies, using one-to-one sessions and observations.

Outside the classroom, and for young autistic adults, we offer support in the community, help to access college, and links with work placements to develop social and work based skills.

“[Strategies] are highly individualised – they tap into the pupil’s interest and capitalise on their strengths.” Teacher

Supporting schools and families

Early Intervention is a preventative support package for a child or young person who is having difficulties at home or school or is at risk of not attending school or requiring support into adulthood. Our Early Intervention offers structure, socialisation and help to develop skills that a pupil may miss out on when not in school.

OSSME provides:

  • Curriculum support, in school and at home
  • Social and life skills training
  • Diagnostic explanation
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Teacher and family training
  • Engagement in the curriculum for those at risk of exclusion or not attending school

If you would like to know more, please contact us

Early Intervention

OSSME recognises and aims to strengthen the positive role that parents have to play to supporting their child’s education. Autism affects each child uniquely and often parents can feel isolated, or uncertain of the options available to them.

OSSME have developed some resources and support for parents which are free to access they include:

  • OSSME Facebook group posts regularly sharing useful information aimed at supporting parents and teaching professionals
  • OSSME parents group – originally this group met face to face monthly, but now they get together in a virtual private group setting providing peer to peer support and gaining advice from experts. Contact OSSME via Facebook if you are interested in hearing more about this.
  • OSSME newsletter – issued quarterly, you can sign up to receive this by contacting OSSME on their Facebook page

“I have been supported by OSSME for many years. They have helped me along life’s journey and helped to make me who I am today. I am now in work. Thank you.” Former OSSME supported pupil

Resources and support for parents

We've helped people... and we can help you too

If you, or someone you know, is in need of help and support, or would benefit from taking advantage of the support we can offer, please get in touch and someone at Autism Initiatives will be able to advise on your next steps.

OSSME takes time to get to know the child and the school before offering advice. The advice and support to implement strategies has created a better working environment for the teacher, child and family

St Helens Primary School Teacher