Autism Champion

Prior to working at Nancealverne Tash worked as a TA for a child with Autism in a mainstream school, she worked closely alongside a PECS consultant to support the child's developing communication and had valuable experience in using PECS. After that Tash was the Early Years Autism Worker for the locality, for 7 years she provided training, support and guidance to parents/carers, nurseries and schools to support the implementation of Autism strategies within the settings.

The Autism Champion is an initiative introduced to Cornwall by the Autism

Spectrum Team in 2013. A member of staff with an interest and experience

in working with pupils with autism is designated to be the Autism Champion

by their school.  Part of their role is to assess the  strengths and needs of students,

so that they can provide guidance and strategies, that means that

small issues are dealt with before they become major concerns.

They act as an in- school resource to the staff working with them and in some cases to work

directly with the young people.  They promote autism awareness within their schools.  The impact of

Autism Champions was positively evaluated by pupils, parents, staff and senior

managers in a study carried out in 2015.