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Inclusion Practitioners
Inclusion Practitioners are part of the Education Inclusion Service. Inclusion Practitioners are professionals who have extensive experience of teaching in schools. They have specialist knowledge, understanding and training in order to support schools to meet the needs of pupils with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or speech, language and communication needs.

What we do:
When a school has concerns about a pupil and thinks that it would be helpful to seek advice and support from an Inclusion Practitioner, the school SENCo would initially have a conversation with their link educational psychologist. This would always be done with the full consent of the pupil’s parent/carer. If, after speaking with the link educational psychologist, it is agreed that the Inclusion Practitioner could provide the support needed, the link educational psychologist would submit a formal request.

Where appropriate, the first step of involvement involves arranging a visit to the school where the Inclusion Practitioner meets with the parent/carer, the pupil and the most appropriate member of the school staff. At this meeting a plan is agreed about how best the Inclusion Practitioner can help.

Inclusion Practitioners always work collaboratively with school staff, parents/carers and the pupil, and a record of all work carried out with the pupil is recorded and feedback is given at the review meeting.
Inclusion Practitioners provide support in a number of ways including:

•    Providing advice and consultation to staff
•    Advising on and providing resources and strategies to support pupils
•    Contributing towards development of the support within a pupil’s Termly Support Plan
•    Attending planning and review meetings
•    Providing support through individual work or group work with pupils
•    Developing and delivering bespoke training for staff (eg comic strip conversations). 

Autism courses and seminars:
Inclusion Practitioners deliver a range of training courses and seminars to parent carers and other professionals. These include: Exploring Autism; Cygnet Packages; Understanding Autism; Managing Anger; and Sensory Needs. Training courses and seminars are advertised through the FISH and SENDIASS Bulletin.

Parent carers:
Parent carers can recieve the FISH and SENDIASS bulletin once the family is registered on LOOK AHEAD.  More information on LOOK AHEAD and how to register can be found by viewing the LOOK AHEAD page on the Local Offer or by contacting SENDIASS on (01482) 396469.

If you are a proffessional wanting to register to recieve the updates via the FISH and SENDIASS bulletin please call the FISH team on (01482) 396469 to be added to the distribution list.

Current courses and seminars are also displayed on the News page on the Local Offer.
Primary and secondary aged pupils
Location and access
Inclusion Practitioners are based at County Hall. Beverley. The day to day support for pupils is provided within the school setting.  Inclusion Practitioners can offer advice to parents/carers at home by negotiation and after the parent/carer has attended the Exploring Autism or Cygnet Workshops for parents.  Support provided at home will be linked to the school based outcome. 

Access to this service
Access to the Inclusion Practitioner is through the link educational psychologist who is accessed through the school.
Who this service is for
• Primary and secondary schools in East Riding 
• The service is for pupils who:  
o have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition 
o are undergoing an assessment to see if their behaviours meet the criteria for a diagnosis. 
o are demonstrating significant difficulties with their social interaction and social communication skills but do not have a diagnosis 
o have identified difficulties with their speech, their language skills and/or their communication. 
How we communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families
All communication is facilitated through school.
Parent and sibling involvement
Parents/carers are invited to attend meetings and reviews and may want to be present if any individual work is carried out with their child. We aim to ensure that parents/carers are an integral part of our involvement with their child.
Registered service and regulatory body
All Inclusion Practitioners have Qualified Teacher Status.
Training acquired to support children and young people with SEND and their families
All Inclusion Practitioners are trained, experienced teachers with relevant professional qualifications. They undertake continued professional development related to Autism Spectrum Conditions and speech, language and communication.
Opening times
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm 
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm 
Saturday and Sunday: Closed (answer machine available)
Cost of service and payment options
No cost
Contact information
Inclusion Practitioners
Education Inclusion Service
Room AF35, County Hall
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA
Tel: (01482) 392254

Contacts for comments, compliments and complaints
We ask that comments, compliments and complaints are passed on to the relevant Inclusion Practitioner in the first instance or discussed with the relevant Area Senior Educational Psychologist:

Dr Catherine Kitchen - Area Senior Educational Psychologist (West)
Dr Helen Higgins - Area Senior Educational Psychologist (North)
Helen Mitton or Bronwen Ozanne - Area Senior Educational Psychologists (East)

Or, alternatively:
Dr Elizabeth A Holmes, Interim Principal Educational Psychologist
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Page last updated: Monday, 18 August 2014