Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT)
The Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT) is based at Brent Civic Centre. The team supports mainstream maintained schools working with children and young people (CYP) up to the age of 16 years who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, or up to 19 years if the CYP attends sixth form in a mainstream school.
The service supports all children and young people with a diagnosis of autism who attend Brent mainstream schools and educational settings. BOAT also supports some out of borough placements where the Brent resident child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan. If a non-Brent student has an EHC plan, then they are usually supported by the local authority in which they reside.
Children and young people attending independent or specialist school settings (such as additionally resourced provisions or special schools) are not supported by BOAT.
BOAT offers a range of support including the following:
· observations of the child or young person (CYP) in various settings
· face to face discussion with CYP and staff
· advice on target setting with reviews and updates
· attendance at annual reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings to support target setting
· liaison with a range of professionals
· disclose sessions with students; support for CYP in understanding their diagnosis
· peer support work – training for peers in small groups / whole class discussions
· modelling and sharing of information on the lego© programme
· inset training for staff
· facilitation of an online autism network group for professionals
· recommending resources for the CYP / staff / school environment
· transitions days to support 11 plus and 16 plus transition
· post diagnostic parent training sessions
· loan of literature on the autism spectrum upon request
· telephone and email support
· Peer awareness sessions for students
· home visits in exceptional circumstances - initial visit requires two professionals to
be in attendance