Barnsley Educational, Child and Community Psychology Service

Example areas of our work

We work with pupils and children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, selective/elective mutism and for whom English is an additional language (EAL).

The support we provide includes developing expressive language, communication and socialisation skills.  

Individual level work

  • Individual assessment that examines what underlying psychological/cognitive/social factors contribute toward elective/selective mutism.
  • Assessment to provide information as part of the ASC diagnostic process.
  • Individual social communication assessment.
  • Individual assessment examining to what extent the pupil's difficulties are associated with EAL or cognitive functioning.

Group level work

  • Nurture groups (3 or 6 sessions) to improve pupil's communication and language skills
  • Intervention group to help pupils experiencing mutism develop skills to verbally communicate

Organisational and strategic work

One hour twilight, half day or full day training/workshops in the following areas:

  • educating pupils who experience selective/elective mutism.
  • educating pupils with English as an additional language (EAL).
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