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South West Autism Support Services

South West Autism support services offers a wide range of bespoke services to families and professionals across the South West of the UK. Over 20 years experience of supporting young people within a range of settings including mainstream and special schools, colleges, own homes, residential trips and local communities.

For young people this includes:

  • Intervention work with children at risk of exclusion from school or who have been excluded.
  • Enabling - assisting young people access activities.
  • Life skills including cooking
  • Independent skills.
  • Anxiety management.
  • Self awareness.
  • Homework issues/tutoring from a fully qualified teacher.
  • Organisational skills.

For families we offer:

  • Parent support.
  • Parent workshops.
  • Sibling support.
  • Respite.
  • Understanding the Autistic Spectrum.

We can also provide support to young people who are out of school or on a part time timetable. Small group activities are organised during school holidays.

Devon County Council uses an SEND flag to list services which define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Devon's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.


Contact Name
Greg McCullagh
07582 608641
South West Autism
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Postal Address: Unit 1, Sandpiper Court
Harrington Lane
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Further information

Contact provider for costs?
Cost Details
Dependant on needs.
Age range
8 years to 18 years
DBS check?
(formerly CRB)
Additional needs details
Children or young people on the Autistic Spectrum / Aspergers Syndrome.
General information

We have the following groups and support services, please contact for dates and venues:

Discovery Groups
We run social and communication groups in Exeter to support children aged from 10 make friendships, take part in a variety of activities and help build their self- esteem and confidence. Parent support is also provided and professionals are invited to come along and provide information related to autism.

Chill Club
This group runs one Saturday afternoon a month and gives the children aged 9 to 15 a chance to relax and chill after a long week at school. They have a range of resources to use and can do as much or as little as they wish.

Girls Group
We have two Girls Groups that meet once a month on a Saturday. This is for girls aged 11 – 17 years old and aims to provide support on issues such as friendships, puberty, personal hygiene, staying safe (online and in general).

Lego Therapy
LEGO therapy can result in better communication skills for children with autism and other social communication disorders. This specific type of play therapy also improves children’s abilities to change their behaviour, understand and talk about their feelings, solve problems and learn about the world in which they live, more so than any other play therapy.  This service is provided in small groups for children aged 8 and over.

Play Therapy
Play Therapy helps children modify their behaviours, clarify their self-concept and build healthy relationships. Play is vital to every child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts.

Fun and Friends Club
This is a small monthly group for children aged 8-11 years old who are not ready to join our other groups or come out with us on community activities. The aim is to give these children greater independence from parents and have access to a range of activities games and social opportunities with other children.

Drama Group
Monthly 2 hour group on Saturday mornings in Exeter for secondary aged children.

Autism and Me
This is a weekly discussion group for young people to safely talk about their views of having a diagnosis of ASD as we are aware some young people struggle and feel socially isolated as a result. It aims to identify and promote their good qualities and strengths whilst sharing the views and challenges of others. The group is limited to 5 young people at a time to ensure everyone can be involved. It is open to everyone aged 10 and over.

Need to Know Project
“Need to Know" is a programme for young males aged 11-15 and 16-18. These sessions aim to provide social sexual understanding , advice and guidance to males in small group settings. Focus will be on puberty and sexual understanding including vulnerability. It is our experience that young people often have a understanding of the biology of becoming an adult but with little experience and knowledge of the social "requirements" that comes with it.

Children who are struggling in education
We are able to support young people who struggle with the social and sensory demands of education. Some are in special schools, others in mainstream or on part time timetables whilst some children are home educated. Our support services include advisory and training for professionals, developing coping strategies for the child and offering off site education (by our qualified teacher). We aim to develop a young person's self-esteem, social understanding and confidence along with academic success.

Enabling 1-1 (Developing social, independence and life skills)
We provide children aged 8 and over the opportunity to experience activities in a variety of environments dependent on their needs. We are very experienced helping children and young people develop social,life and independence skills. We work closely with the young person to plan a programme to help them increase confidence in areas such as shopping, budgeting and using public transport. We also support them with their social skills and understanding by demonstrating and talking through various social scenarios and role play.

Parent support
We offer support to parents who need to make sense of their child's behaviours and difficulties. Practical help given to parents whose child is diagnosed or awaiting diagnosis.

Training in Autism for parents and professionals
Lisa is a very experienced and accomplished trainer in the field of autism. She regularly runs courses for parents and support professionals. Courses range from Level 1 awareness of autism to Level 3 which is a more in depth look into why behaviours occur and strategies to cope with them. In addition to providing information, workshops also give adults the opportunity to meet with others facing similar challenges.

South West Autism also offer bespoke autism training to schools and colleges adapted to the individual needs of the establishment. Training is available to Sencos, teachers and support staff.


Last updated: 12/11/2020
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