How to Support Parents and Carers During a Pandemic

The Coronavirus has forced us all to work in different ways. The Communication and Autism Team (CAT) in Birmingham have risen to the challenge to support the families of children and young people on our caseload. In normal circumstances, we mainly work with pupils within their school environment. However, many of our caseload pupils are […]

Increasing autism awareness amongst diverse ethnic communities in Birmingham

Birmingham has a wide and varied population, and is home to a diverse mixture of communities from around the world. Autism is a condition found across all cultures, therefore it is essential that awareness is raised amongst all communities, in order to promote a factual understanding of, and empathy for, autistic people. For the last […]

CAT and AET Working Together

In 2011, the Communication & Autism Team (CAT) began working in with the Autism Education Trust (AET). As a regional training hub for the AET’s programmes of training, CAT specialists worked with schools to implement the National Autism Standards and Competencies within all the State Funded schools in Birmingham. AET training programmes cover three age […]

The new AET Good Autism Practice Report out now

The new AET Good Autism Practice Report 2019 consists of a set of guidelines written by members of the Autism Centre of Education and Research (ACER) at Birmingham University. The guidelines have been generated from a review of the research evidence, current policy documents, expert opinion, statutory guidance and from the views of autistic people. […]

Assess, Plan, Do, Review – A Quick Introduction

The special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice (2015), states that ‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, that is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age’. To ensure that every child or young person gets the support […]