Complex Communication and Autism Team (CCAT)

What does the team offer?

We are a highly experienced team of specialist practitioners who can help schools meet the needs of children with complex communication disorders and autism.

How do we receive referrals?

The team does not receive referrals directly from schools. The initial referral is made by the school to one of the school delivery team (Educational Psychologist, Advisory Teacher for Learning or Advisory Teacher for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)). If, as a result of that referral, it is felt that CCAT might need to be involved then an internal referral is made by the school delivery team. There will be a discussion about what involvement,if any, there will be on the part of CCAT and, if appropriate, CCAT will make contact with the school to discuss.  

See a video where parents interview the CCAT Team Manager

As part of our role we:

  • Provide training tailored to individual needs, covering a wide variety of issues, topics and strategies relating to autism
  • Provide support and planning for transition

We can advise on programmes and target-setting by:

  • Conducting informative assessments
  • Writing useful individual education plans (IEPs)
  • Differentiation
  • Using visual strategies
  • Curriculum and resource adaptation

We can advise on effective and evidence based interventions and strategies including:

  • Communication friendly environments
  • TEACCH (a structured intervention programme)
  • Social Stories
  • Intensive Intervention

We provide direct support to set up and model programmes including:

  • Intensive support from specialist support staff
  • Modelling strategies and interventions
  • Developing programmes of work
  • Creation of resources to support curriculum access
  • Planning and supporting the set up and delivery of social skills groups

CCAT works effectively with schools and a variety of other agencies including the Speech and Language Therapy Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Autism West Midlands to support children, their parents and families.

CCAT is also part of the Sandwell Multi Agency Assessment (MAA) Process which determines whether a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is appropriate for a child.

Contact details

You can contact the team at Connor Education Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich, B71 3DJ or by telephone on 0121 569 2777.

Alternatively you can email at inclusion_support@sandwell.gov.uk