Autism Outreach

  Who are we??

The Autism Outreach Service is a small team of teachers with specialist knowledge and experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

We are part of the staff team at Orchard Brae School  but we work across the nursery, primary and secondary educational sectors within Aberdeen City.

Who is in the Team??

There are currently 5 teachers in the team:    Autism Outreach Principal Teacher   Lesley Parker   

Autism Outreach Teacher (full-time):   Karen Inglis, Laura May, Hayley  Macfarlane

Autism Outreach Teacher (part-time): Tricia Bruce

We also have an Early Years Support team made up of 2 SEYP’s, 2 EYP’s and 4 PSA’s

Where is the Team based??

The AORS Team have recently relocated to

St Nicholas, Balgownie Road,     Aberdeen, AB22 8JS,    Tel :- 01224 826850


Jean Horner, our Administrative Assistant, is based at Orchard Brae School   Tel :-  01224 788950

What do we do??

As part of ACC’s Integrated Children’s & Family Services, the role of the AORS is to deliver universal, targeted and specialist levels of support across Aberdeen City to staff and schools who have children and young people with a diagnosis of an ASC.

The remit of the service is wide and varied; from providing advice, to delivering guidance and training on effective practice within the field of ASC to our education colleagues.

Our focus is on building capacity and confidence within schools.

In delivering our service the AORS works closely with all partner agencies and colleagues to ensure that the approach or interventions used are appropriate, effective, consistent and get it right for every child.

The Range of support

The exact nature of the support given will be entirely dependent upon the needs of the child or young person and the needs of the staff working with, and supporting them, and can include, but is not limited to …                                                                   

  • increasing knowledge and understanding of ASC
  • supporting good autism classroom practice
  • promoting positive behaviour management
  • supporting staff in differentiating the curriculum
  • supporting implementation of flexible timetable
  • supporting children and young people with transitions
  • promoting effective use of reinforcement schedules
  • supporting the use of visuals to aid learning and understanding
  • promoting and developing appropriate social skills
  • understanding sensory sensitivities
  • individual work on the impact of diagnosis
  • setting up an effective individual work system
  • supporting emotional regulation and development
  • using social stories to promote understanding
  • providing advice, strategies and resources to meet the individual need


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