Barnsley Education Specialist Support Team (BESST)

We support children and young people with a range of communication and interaction needs, including those on the autistic spectrum. We work in a range of educational settings, providing hands-on strategies to meet the holistic needs of the child.

Communication and interaction can cause difficulties in the process of learning and general overall development. However, with expert teaching and a properly and appropriately resourced teaching and learning environment, these difficulties can be addressed in a purposeful and meaningful way..

Our aim is to support practitioners to remove barriers to learning for children with additional needs to give them equal access to the curriculum and social situations.

Children we work with

We can support children who present with:

  • difficulties in attuning to social situations and responding to normal environmental cues
  • personal agendas which are increasingly not amenable to adult direction
  • a tendency to withdraw from social situations and an increasing passivity and absence of initiative
  • repressed, reduced or inappropriate social interactions extending to highly egocentric behaviour with an absence of awareness of the needs or emotions of others
  • impaired use of language, either expressive or receptive; this may include odd intonation, literal interpretations and idiosyncratic phrases, and may extend to more bizarre expressive forms and limited expression, reducing the potential for two-way communication
  • limitation in expressive or creative peer activity extending to obsessive interests or repetitive activities
  • interests that are unusual in focus or intensity
  • differences in the processing of sensory information that can lead to heightened states of arousal or agitation
  • Reliance upon structure or routines and/or distress at small/ non-functional changes in the environment
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