Thomas Outreach Programme

The Thomas Outreach Programme (TOP) is an educational service for pre-school children (between 2 and 4 years old) with social communication difficulties or autism. Children who are part of the TOP programme will be attending (or planning to attend) a mainstream pre-school and planning to attend a mainstream school. The service will typically support children until the end of their first term in mainstream school.

TOP workers are specialist practitioners who are experienced in working with young children with social communication difficulties and autism. A TOP worker will offer regular support to a child on the programme both at home and in their pre-school /school and will work with parents and practitioners to put in place strategies to support a child’s learning and development. They will also facilitate transitions between settings (for example when a child transfers from pre-school to school), working in partnership with parents and other key adults involved.

Our TOP worker, Natalie, can be contacted on 01962 860393 or by email : n.ellison@lanterns.hants.sch.uk.

Please find below some helpful crib sheets explaining the systems and strategies that our outreach workers use and ideas to use at home.

SOS Group

SOS (Share Our Strategies) Group is a group for parents with children on the Autistic Spectrum, social communication difficulties.

For more information please contact Natalie on 01962 860393.