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Wandsworth Autism Advisory Service (WAAS) - Coronavirus

Support during the Coronavirus pandemic

As the country adjusts to the next phase of the pandemic with the gradual easing of the lockdown and the re-opening of some schools/ Nurseries, the Autism Advisory Service are evolving our support for schools/ settings and families accordingly. 

Our offer of support

Daily telephone consultations for parents/ carers including the option of evening phone calls (9am-10pm), please email  leaving your name and contact number and a preferred time and one of the team will call you back.

Advice and consultation for any professionals supporting autistic children e.g.  teachers, SENCOs, social workers, youth workers, please email  to schedule a telephone consultation

Is your child joining Reception this September? If so, please see our information leaflet about this in "downloads".

For all parents  - Top Tips for Preparing your Child or Young Person for Returning to School in "downloads".

Parent/Carer training around managing challenging behaviour workshops that had been scheduled for March, were cancelled and we have adapted this to create a shorter training course that is suitable to be delivered online. The training consists of 3 online sessions. The webinars have been recorded and are available on YouTube.

In response to need for more direct intervention we are introducing “Online Solution Circles” which will be led by members of the psychology team and will bring together parents and professionals to find solutions to “stuck situations”. These are being offered as virtual face to face small group appointments. See flyer for more details. Please email  to request an online appointment.

Coffe Morning

Our coffee mornings and parent support forums are still being run virtually for the time being. They take place on the last Wednesday of each month. This is a great opportunity for SEN parents to get together and share tips, offer support and encouragement to each other. We tackle a different topic area related to autism each time. This month we will be discussing the transition back into school following the summer holidays and a prolonged period out of school for many of our young people.

Virtual coffee morning: Wednesday 30th September 10:30am

Parent support forum: Wednesday 30th September 7pm

We have created some short videos with top tips and guidance for parents/ carers and these are now on the Local Offer Youtube channel

We will be regularly updating our resource bank with materials to support families while children are spending time away from school. All of our resources will be uploaded to this site. We will also be signposting to other websites.

Here are some:

links to useful resources;

Our Parent Pack to help you while your children and young people are at home.

Links to our videos about using Timers, Now and Next Boards and Timetables 

Who to contact


Where to go

Early Years Centre
1, Siward Road
SW17 0LA
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When is it on


Age Ranges
0 to 19 years
Referral required
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This service is for parents/carers and families of children with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

Local Offer


What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

This service is for Wandsworth's parents/carers and families of children/young people with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

  • Parent/carer support is available to all Wandsworth residents regardless of the child/ young person’s educational placement

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2020

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