Autism and Social Communication

Cognus Autism Service is an education support service. The service focuses on supporting schools to provide an inclusive education for young people with social communication difficulties, or a diagnosis of autism.  We work with education settings including early years, primary and secondary schools and Post-16 settings. The work can include one-to-one work with specific students or support and workshops for parents. We also provide training for the settings to become more autism-friendly.

Autism Support Map Overview

Young people can also access a ‘one-off’ understanding diagnosis session. The aim of the session is to help young people further understand what their diagnosis means to them. This is a free service delivered jointly with the Paving the Way team.

You can register for a one-off hour long understanding diagnosis session by clicking on the link below:

Understanding diagnosis one off session request form

The aim of this session is to give the young person a basic understanding of difference, focusing on the fact that we are all different. The session will look at what autism is, other autistic individuals and what autism means to them.   This is the starting point for future discussions around autism.  The idea would be that the parents or school would continue the conversation on a regular basis after the session.  The young person may need time to process the information and questions will no doubt come up at different times in their life.  Through this session, we aim to give them a positive starting point for understanding their diagnosis of autism.

To hear from Sutton young people about autism and what it means to them, watch this video:

Support for parents/carers:

Parents can access free workshops run jointly with the Paving the Way team. These are repeated on a termly basis and cover a range of topics:

  • Understanding autism/social communication differences
  • Strategies to support communication
  • Problem solving behaviour
  • Sensory differences
  • Access to services
  • School strategies
  • Emotions and anxiety
  • Eating/sleeping
  • Using Zones of Regulation to support understanding of emotions
  • Explaining a diagnosis to your child

All workshops are available to view on our YouTube Channel:

Parent Carer/Workshop – What is Autism/Social Communication Differences?


Autism Advice Sessions

Any Sutton parents can sign up for 121 advice session to talk about their young person and get some new ideas or strategies. Sessions are on a monthly basis and you will be allocated a 30 minute slot at the next available time. To request a slot, please email 


For more information about the Autism Service, please email

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