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The Hollies School

The Hollies School

Learning to Flourish

SCIP Outreach (Social Communication Interaction and Play)

Early Years Outreach Service

SCIP Outreach

Social Communication, Interaction and Play


SCIP Outreach is a service for educational practitioners who support children that have social communication difficulties and/or a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  We provide assistance for those children for whom such difficulties can act as a barrier to learning; with information relating to strategies that can help overcome such barriers.  

The SCIP outreach service is open to children in mainstream Foundation Phase classes (Nursery/Reception stage).  In addition, we support children in Flying Start Playgroup settings as part of ‘Step Up’ SCIP Outreach.  Referrals are made through the Early Years Forum.


Other SCIP outreach services include:


For parents


Early Bird Programme

Developed by the National Autistic Society, this programme aims to empower and support parents and carers of young children who have an ASD diagnosis; up to the age of 5 years and 2 months.

Three programmes are run each year, one per term and two places are allocated to each family.  The eight weekly group sessions are held at The Hollies School and run between 9.30am – 12.00pm.


Audience: families with pre-school children who have a diagnosis of ASD.


APPEAL is a free Autism training programme for parents with English as an additional language.  The programme is Autism specific and has been developed at The Hollies School to support parents and carers who have not previously been able to access training.

Parents and carers are supported by an interpreter which is organised and funded by The Hollies School.  The content is clear, visually supported, with practical activities and time for group discussion.

Audience: parents with English as an additional language


For professionals


Autism Awareness Training

A range of evidence-informed strategies, including visual support and communication strategies which can be applied in a practical way to support learners with ASD/Communication Difficulties.

Audience: educational practitioners working with children who have a diagnosis of ASD or are on the ‘Neurodevelopmental Pathway’.

SCIP Testimonials