Children's Autism Services

NICE guidance

SEND hubs and other support provided by North Yorkshire County Council

Locality SEND Hubs

North Yorkshire County Council commissions the locality SEND hubs where families and schools can access support pre and post diagnosis from multi-disciplinary specialists on a neurodiversity needs led basis. You can contact the SEND hubs at

Communication and Interaction Intervention Pathway

The County Council also provides the Communication and Interaction Intervention Pathway designed around three levels of support. This has been running since October 2020. This provides specialist support such as sensory, speech therapy, and self-esteem. Level One is written summary advice.  Level Two includes two-weekly 30-minute sessions for six weeks.  Level Three includes two-weekly 30 minutes sessions for six weeks plus one weekly 30 minutes sessions for a further six weeks.

Plans will be written by a Specialist Teacher, Speech and Language Therapist or Speech, Language and Communication Specialist and usually delivered by a Specialist Practitioner or Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, dependent on need, and can be used flexibly with the child (and/or staff).

Information and contact details for the Communication and Interaction Team can be found by selecting the relevant locality hub page via SEND hubs | CYPSinfo (

Unlocking Autism programme - FREE online course for parent/carers

Additionally, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) offers the new Unlocking Autism parent training course at five sessions (2 hours per session). This is open access and there is no requirement for a diagnosis. This new programme aims to support parent's wellbeing and resilience, and will develop knowledge and understanding of autism, communication, and sensory needs. There is also a session on understanding behaviour through the use of easy-to use tools and strategies.  For more details and on how to book please see HERE

Further information for professionals can be found HERE

The County Council is also offering a professional version of Unlocking Autism to Schools, Disabled Children’s Service, Early Help Service, Children and Families colleagues. To access the Unlocking Autism parent training course, please contact a member of the Communication and Interaction team by selecting the relevant locality hub page via link SEND hubs | CYPSinfo ( to discuss.

Solihull Approach - FREE online courses for parents/carers

North Yorkshire County Council also offer FREE online courses for parent/carers based on the Solihull Approach.  For more details please see HERE