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​​Mission Statement

The Autism Spectrum Support Team (ASST) recognises that each learner is an individual and seeks to maximise the learner’s potential. It aims to empower educators and parents to meet the individual educational needs of the learner with autism, facilitating learning, supporting behavioural and social development and maximising on learners’ abilities in the mainstream environment.

Service Objectives​​​​​

The Autism Spectrum Support Service aims to:

  • empower and upskill educators to meet the individual educational needs of the learners with autism;

  • empower parents to support their children;
    • facilitate learning, support behavioural and social development and maximise on learners'​ abilities in the mainstream environment.

Services Offered​​​​​

  • The team liaises with and supports Heads of Schools, Education Officers, Heads of Department, KGEs, Class Teachers, Learning Support Educators (LSEs) and other educational staff on the support and educational provision which can be offered at schools.

  • Once the referral is received by the Autism Spectrum Support Team, contact is made with the school and the school’s Head of Department (Inclusion). A meeting is set. The aim of the first meeting is to explain the needs of the learner and act accordingly.

  • The team offers informative sessions about autism and issues related to dealing with autism to the school staff.

  • The team helps the school to organise an informative, school-based meeting about autism for parents, upon request.

  • Observation sessions are carried out according to need. During these sessions, the learner’s particular needs are identified. ASST personnel discuss possible best practices and appropriate strategies with the educators. Feedback and resources are sent to the class team, the School Management Team and the school’s Head of Department (Inclusion).

  • Photocopied information, soft copies of resources and other related material are passed on to the school staff to help them differentiate work for the learner with autism. ASST members compile resources according to the learners’ individual needs.

  • ASST personnel attend IEP meetings, IEP review meetings, transition meetings and case conferences to help devise and review the best possible programme for the individual learner.

  • The ASST has worked on an Autism Toolkit for mainstream schools in Malta, with the aim of providing schools with practical strategies that can be implemented successfully in school.


Eligibility for the services of the Autism Spectrum Support Team​​​​​

ASST services are available to learners on the autism spectrum with severe challenges after ASST referral has been approved.

ASST referral form procedure​​​​​

Educators can refer to the school’s Assistant Head in charge of Inclusion and the school’s Head of Department (Inclusion). These members liaise together and complete the ASST referral form, if ASST services are required. The ASST Checklist of Strategies is to be filled in by the school’s Head of Department (Inclusion) prior to referral to ASST. If all applicable strategies stated in the ASST checklist are in place and ASST referral form is approved, ASST members will proceed with the referral and support as necessary.