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Wandsworth Autism Advisory Service (WAAS) - Offers for schools, settings and professionals

Wandsworth Autism Advisory Service (WAAS)

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Offers for schools, settings and professionals

The WAAS offer is made up of universal, targeted and specialist offer. The universal offer is available to Wandsworth schools and settings. 

There is a cost for independent provisions and non-Wandsworth Schools, settings and colleges. Please contact the service for enquiries.


Universal Offer

1. Telephone advice and consultation service:
This offer is open to all professionals in schools or other settings as well as professional from other settings to discuss specific cases. This option is often the first step before a referral for targeted support. The consultations are carried out by the most appropriate arm of the team depending on the enquiry.
2. Face to Face appointments to problem solve and provide advice delivered in locality hubs:
Currently on hold due to social distancing measures.
3. Learning walk:
This is the opportunity for a member of the team to follow up on training delivered to further enhance the implementation of autism approaches, support the setting with organising groups and other interventions for whole school / setting. Where a request is for a case / child; then a referral route for the targeted is preferred.
4. Consultation service for other professionals.
This is for non-school professionals and can be used as a creative avenue to up skill on autism best practice.

Universal support can be requested by emailing
Training and learning walks can be provided to independent schools at a charge.


Targeted Support

Available to Wandsworth children in Wandsworth Mainstream provisions who have an autism diagnosis or are on the specialist diagnostic pathway. Some children will display a higher level of need at different times and will require a specific package of time limited support. It is expected that school/ settings will have already received support through the Universal offer before referring for targeted support.
Targeted support will be based on an agreed plan with clear and measurable outcomes that will be agreed and evaluated in conjunction with parents and the setting at the beginning and end of the intervention. Targeted support will be delivered by a lead professional from the Advisory, Therapy or Psychology arm of the Service working alongside an identified member of staff from the setting. All targeted support requires written parental consent.
In the Spring term priority will be given to children who are presenting in the following ways:

  • Education placement at imminent risk of breakdown
  • Child/Young Person on a reduced timetable
  • Persistent absence/ school refusal
  • Child/young Person excluded from school
  • Self-injurious behaviour

Targeted support might include:

  • Observations of a child in school/setting, with feedback to SENCo/parents and a report with key recommendations.
  • Advice and guidance in setting up a bespoke intervention for a child, based on an assessment of needs e.g. Zones of Regulation.
  • Attendance at TAC meetings for referred children.
  • Specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions as appropriate
  • Advice to develop behaviour support plans, including functional analysis observations
  • Reflective space for adults working with the child to discuss a complex case.


Specialist Support

Some children will require a more intensive piece of work in response to a significant change in their needs/circumstances. In these situations, the Advisory service will work with other agencies to provide a proactive, rapid response that is flexibly designed in order to meet the needs of the child, family and setting.

To make a referral for targeted or specialist support please complete the referral form and return it to

Referrals will be triaged weekly and referrers will be notified of the outcome within 5 days of the triage.

This offer should be considered alongside the Parent/Carer offer.

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Where to go

Early Years Centre
1, Siward Road
SW17 0LA
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Referral required
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This service is for parents/carers and families of children with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

Local Offer


What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

This service is for Wandsworth's parents/carers and families of children/young people with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

  • Parent/carer support is available to all Wandsworth residents regardless of the child/ young person’s educational placement


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Last updated: 06 Jan 2022

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