Making Sense of Autism Across Surrey


As Autism specialists, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the Surrey Outreach Service available free of charge to all mainstream secondary schools and specialist provisions in Surrey.  We are happy to visit independent schools and schools outside of Surrey on a charged basis, details of which are available upon request.

Under the new 2014 SEND Code, schools are required to consider any causal factors leading to a student presenting with special educational needs, including those exhibited as traits of ASD.

There is now a clear emphasis on understanding the nature of individual need in order to work out what action the school needs to take. With particular reference to ASD, schools need to recognise the impact of resilience and well-being on attainment outcomes: witnessing the increasing pressures of 21st century living and supporting students in managing the stress and pace of change in our world today.

Ofsted highlights the importance of lessons being planned to specifically address potential areas of difficulty and thereby remove barriers to student achievement. Successful schools have developed an ethos which pro-actively develops self-awareness, scaffolds strategies for self-regulation and provides opportunities to practise social skills.

We can support you in addressing these issues and offer the following support and guidance:

  • Classroom observations and meetings with students, developing the student’s understanding of their ASD;
  • INSET Training: from a general overview of ASD, to workshops relating to specific students or issues;
  • Basic autism awareness training for teaching or non-teaching staff within any education setting who need an understanding of autism in their role (including office staff, governors, caretakers, drivers and escorts);
  • Meetings with parents/carers and external agencies;
  • Written reports following an Outreach visit that will include baseline screening, target setting, resources and suggested strategies. This can be followed up by further visits as necessary;
  • Strategies designed to enhance the quality of Wave 1 provision to have maximum impact where consistently implemented;
  • E-mail and telephone advice, with personalised fact sheets available;
  • In-reach for staff, to enable them to see good practice in action and discuss interventions and resources.

A formal diagnosis of Autism is not necessary; Teachers, SENCO’s EP’s and GP’s can make a referral for any young person between the age of 11 and 18 who is currently attending school,  who may have an ASD diagnosis, show traits of Autism and/or has social and communication difficulties and would benefit from autism related strategies.  Please see our website for a referral form to access our service.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Walford and Di Hill

Secondary ASD Outreach Service

01883 713928 Ext 120




LGS ASD Outreach referral form 2019







General note about PDA

PDA booklet 

Please note the contact details in this booklet are out of date.  Please use the information below:
comms@pdasociety.org.uk (an informal PDA Development Group)

Positive PDA booklet

Surrey Cygnet Programme For Parents Carers

AET Forthcoming Dates Sept 2018 to July 2019

Please click on the links below for information on  the current courses and support services on offer from Surrey branch of the National Autistic Society:

Free 1:1 support sessions ages 16-18

Free support for family and friends of autistic adults

South East Service Social Clubs 2019

Surrey Stepping Up Autumn 2019

Surrey Workshops Autumn 19

Resources and Reading


http://www.autism.org.uk/ The National Autistic Society

https://www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx Autism Services Directory for services and

support for people on the Autistic spectrum, their families and people who work with them.




‘Neurotribes’ by Steve Silberman  http://stevesilberman.com/

‘Thinking in Pictures’ and ‘The Autistic Brain’ by Temple Grandin  www.templegrandin.com


Inspiring ‘TED’ Talks:



Research:   https://spectrumnews.org/author/williammandy/

Sibling support:  https://www.sibs.org.uk/



www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk    The online hub for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs or a disability. 

  • Find services and support for yourself or someone you care for with SEND.
  • Access a wide range of information and advice about SEND.
  • Talk to other families online and share SEND experiences.
  • Talk to the Local Offer team online or by phone about your SEND queries.



Tom Moore runs the Surrey Autism Partnership board, which is the closest thing to outreach/advice service for the post 16s

http://www.surreypb.org.uk/modx/welcome-to-the-surrey-autism-partnership-board.html                   Thomas.moore@surreycc.gov.uk 


Suggested Teenage/Parent Autism Resources and Booklist


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JdCY-cdgkI  cartoon explanation of ASD



https://kooth.com/ – XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

For more information about XenZone, please visit XENZONE.COM. If you’re a parent looking for more information about Kooth, please email PARENTS@XENZONE.COM

The Girl with the Curly Hair books: ‘Asperger’s Syndrome in 13-16year olds’; ‘Asperger’s Syndrome and https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/  

https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/TheGirlWithTheCurlyHair/about/?ref=page_internal –  Monitored social media website.    

http://martinantony.com/publications/ download publications for free, eg: overcome fear of animals

http://astraldrivejunior.ednet.ns.ca/worksheets.pdf materials and worksheets, ‘Anxiety’ by Paul Stallard



Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome? Jude Welton

Kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, MD

Snivel & Shriek Guides: Transition, Wellbeing and Learning. http://www.snivelandshriek.com/

The ASD Workbook, Understanding your Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Penny Kershaw

With The Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Keiko Tobe

The Asperger Teen’s Toolkit, Francis Musgrave

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome, Luke Jackson

Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome, Luke Jackson

How to Start, Carry On and End Conversations, Paul Jordan

The Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida

The Whole-Brain Child (and Workbook), Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr Tina Bryson

The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules, Jennifer Cook O’Toole – List of do’s and don’ts from Page 27

Revealing the Hidden Social Code, Marie Howley and Eileen Arnold

Can I tell you about Anxiety? Lucy Willets and Polly Waite

Little Book series: The Little Book of Exam Skills Kate Brookes; The Little Book of Exam Calm, Anita Naik

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin, Kate Collins-Donnelly

Starving the Stress Gremlin, Kate Collins-Donnelly

Starving the Anger Gremlin, Kate Collins-Donnelly

‘Live Out Loud’ and ‘It’s all in the mind, Don’t Sweat the small stuff’, Marilynn Tucknot, publisher Koa Ltd

The Growing Up Book for Boys by Davida Hartman   





Girl specific

Girls with Autism Channel 4 clip: https://www.channel4.com/news/girls-affected-by-autism  8.16mins


https://limpsfieldgrange.co.uk/  Film clips and ITV Documentary, and our book, ‘M is for Autism’ and ‘M in the Middle’ 






Girls Growing Up on the Autistic Spectrum Shana by Nichols with  

Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Pulver Tetenbaum.



The Growing Up Guide for Girls by Davida Hartman






‘Girl in a mask’ draws out school fears


Jessi C’Artoon has autism and draws to express her anxiety over moving from primary to secondary school.


Purple Ella – https://www.youtube.com/user/purplemumify  




Autism and mental health

Ella Tabb, a blogger, YouTuber and autism speaker, discusses her mental health difficulties prior to her autism diagnoses in her 30s. She explores how unmasking and strategies such as mindfulness have helped to improve her mental health. 



Energy accounting: an interview with Maja Toudal

Autism Apps

https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-apps   Apps listed in alphabetical order, with a research rating:

  • Anecdotal = No specific or related scientific studies
  • Research = There are some related scientific studies, but no direct research support
  • Evidence = There is solid or specific scientific evidence that this type of App is helpful





Breathe2Relax (4.5 stars on App Store, 4.1 stars on Google Play)

Quickshift Apps. Look at the Vitallinks site, Sensory Modulation & Regulation:  Regulations 1 and 2.  https://www.vitallinks.net/pages/Quickshifts-Album-Descriptions.php

https://vitallinks.com/support/documents/therapeutic-listening-app/  – download instructions

https://www.autistica.org.uk/get-involved/molehill-mountain-app – Molehill Mountain is designed to help autistic people understand more about their anxiety. The app is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approaches adapted for autistic people and developed from a paper toolkit focused on psychoeducation, created and evaluated by Professor Emily Simonoff. Molehill Mountain is co-owned by Autistica and King’s College London.


Studying, Planning, Organising and Revising

Top Tips for Asperger Students, Rosemary Martin

The Study Skills Handbook, Stella Cottrell


www.gojimo.com – the free app to help you pass exams!

https://bubbl.us – the first 3 mind maps that you create are free

www.quizlet.com – create flashcards. Interactive games, study modes and practice tests make learning fun!

https://getrevising.co.uk/planner – be organised and create a revision study planner


This is not an exhaustive list, but somewhere to start the journey, and supplement knowledge and skills. For more information or guidance contact:



 01883 713928 Ext 120