CEAT: Cheshire East Autism Team


Who we are:
We are a team of autism specialist teachers, support assistant & speech & language therapist. Cheshire East Autism Team is part of Children and Families. We provide a service to all schools throughout Cheshire East, offering advice and support to all professionals working with pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or other related Social and Communication Difficulties.

What we do:
We are an education based service. The main role of the team is to support schools in the identification of pupils experiencing social and communication difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and to meet the needs of individual, named pupils who have been referred to the team. CEAT will work with teachers, teaching assistants, individual pupils, and named pupils to model particular approaches.

We have a Resource Library currently based at Sandbach library, which has a wide range of current literature about autism and related conditions and a variety of games, activities and resources which can be loaned to schools or individuals for a moderate annual fee. The annual fee is £10 for an individual, £30 for a LEA school and £50 for other school/organisations. All the monies raised are put towards replacing and buying new stock. Please note that Resource Library visits are on an appointment ONLY basis as it is only available Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-12.
Appointment number 01270 685960

Service Details

Cheshire East Council
Service Type:
Education, Training and Skills
Age Range:
3 to 19
Age Band:
  • Early Years (Under 5)
  • Children (5-18)
  • Young Adults (14-25)
  • Adults (18+)
Only the Library
Provides support to:
  • People with an autistic spectrum disorder
Eligibility criteria:
Pupils must be identified as having a social and communication disorder. There is an expectation that schools will have used their Quality First Teaching knowledge of autism to address the pupils needs before referring to the team.
Is a referral required?:
Accepted referral methods:
  • Via School
Additional Referral Information:
The Team operate via Group Consultation. Parental Consent is obtained for the SENCO to discuss the needs of a pupil during a consultation sesion. Action plans will be written and a plan do review process carried out. This may result in the pupil being seen by a member of CEAT or it may be advice only given the level of need and complexity of the case.
Waiting List:
There is no waiting list. Group consultation ensures that all schools have equal access to the service.
How is the service provided?:
  • Telephone
  • Post
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Helpline
  • Outreach Services
Additional information on how service is provided:
Extensive programme of training for schools and other professionals
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • All Areas of Cheshire East
Communication aids and support available:
  • Large Print Material
  • Materials in Braille
  • Translated Material
Additional information for assistance with communication:
Translated material, large print material and materials in Braille available if needed.

Opening Times

Days service available:
  • Weekdays only
Opening Times - Monday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Tuesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Wednesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Thursday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Friday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Saturday:
Opening Times - Sunday:
Additional Opening Times:
Please note that library visits are an appointment ONLY basis as it is only available Tuesday mornings and Thursday at 9-12. Appointment number 01270 685960

This page was last updated on 08 February 2018

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Contact Details

Contact Name:
Clare O'Connor
01270 685960