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Plymouth Autism Team

Welcome to our new speech and language service: Plymouth Autism Team. We help parents of children who:

  • Aren't yet talking in a meaningful way .

  • Prefer objects to people.

  • Don't always respond to their name.

  • Aren't using appropriate eye-gaze to communicate.

.....Or maybe you are concerned your child has autism, and just want our advice for now.

Serious Child

Plymouth Autism Team supported us with an assessment for our son. We've been very impressed with their insight and support. They were able to answer our questions and get a good understanding of our son's needs. I'd thoroughly recommend Plymouth Autism Team to anyone - especially those who have been stuck on waiting lists and are wanting a prompt, honest and proactive approach.

( Tom's Dad)

You've come to the right place!
Plymouth Autism Team specialises in supporting pre-verbal children to work towards speaking and meaningful communication. ​


We offer:

  • Assessment service - all you need to know to move forward with your child.

  • Clinical report writing service - to strengthen the evidence you provide about your child.

  • Advice and guidance - to help improve your child's communication at home.

  • Specialised intervention - direct therapy for your child specifically tailored for their needs.

  • Training - to help the staff who work with your child support their needs best.

Autism Diagnosis: We can help

Describing your child’s unique perspective and challenges is not always easy during a time-limited clinic appointment. We can help you by collecting evidence and outlining the range and quality of your child's communication strenths and needs. We use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment which is considered the gold standard assessment for use in the diagnosis of autism.

Mother and Child

"Plymouth Autism Team is amazing. I've been concerned about my child for years and it's been so great to talk with Lisa. She really understands and helps me explain to other professionals what my concerns are. Without Plymouth Autism Team, I'd still be tearing my hair out."

( Alfie's Mum)

Difficulties Accessing Autism Services?

You can receive our help with, or without, a diagnosis and we can help you wherever you are on the journey. For you, this may mean:

  • Having concerns about your child and wanting to speak to a skilled clinician before moving forward.

  • Waiting for your referral to be accepted on the autism pathway.

  • Being on a waiting list but wanting help now.

  • Having received a diagnosis but wondering, ‘What happens next?’

  • Having completed your 6-12 sessions with the NHS but still wanting support and intervention.

Parents often describe how difficult the autism journey has been - so we decided to act. That's why we are excited to offer our new speech and language services through our Plymouth Autism Team.

“I was told my son may never talk. I was literally heartbroken. I can't thank Plymouth Autism Team enough. The only regret I have is that I didn't do it sooner....I'll be forever grateful!"

( Robbie's Mum)

Autism Services:

Pre-diagnostic Assessment = from £120

This is a relaxed, yet detailed assessment at your home. Here a highly skilled Speech and Language Therapist will observe your child within their familiar surroundings and assess their responses to play tasks.

Clinical Report

The Clinical Report is optional and provides evidence against the diagnostic markers for autism. It can be used to support the referral and diagnostic process, as well as provide evidence for additional services and funding. 

Direct Intervention = £80 per session

We visit your child at their preschool or school setting to deliver direct 1:1 therapy sessions. We support your child's interaction skills with others and develop their word learning opportunities further. Staff within these settings will also be provided with up-to-date training, and resources, so they become skilled to deliver key communication-enhancing activities in between our sessions to help boost your child' s progress.

"Our son was 2 - with no signs of talking. He regularly had tantrums due to his frustration and inability to communicate. The input changed everything.... He can now say a few words and the tantrums have stopped. Our bond with him has increased as he's  a happier child. I highly recommend Plymouth Autism Team if you have concerns about your child!"

(Harry's Dad) 

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Can my child have therapy while they are on a waiting list?

Yes! We can help your child learn new skills, connect with others, and start word learning, while you wait. We will regularly update you about your child's progress and you can use this information as you move along the autism pathway.

I'm worried about my child, but I'm not considering a diagnosis. Can you help?

Yes! Often we work with children who show delays in their communication initially. However, they respond really well to our therapy because it's specifically tailored to move them forward. Some children just need a little bit of support to help them on their way. 

I was told to wait, should I?

Early intervention gives children the best possible chance to develop their full potential. If you are concerned about your child we recommend getting help put in place quickly so your child can make real progress.

Will my child talk?

Any autism intervention or approach cannot guarantee this. However, at Plymouth Autism Team we use approaches that have been researched and evidenced to give your child the best possible chance to get speaking. 

What changes might I see in my child? 

Many happy parents tell us that they now feel more connected with their child as they understand their needs better. We often see children start to use communication in new ways -  to ask for things, and to share moments with others. You should see an improvement in your child's attention on a range of tasks, more eye-contact and improved play skills and word learning.   

ut don' t just take our word for it....
Have a look at our 5 star Google reviews from parents who have seen their children make fantastic progress while we have provided therapy. 

Get in touch with Lisa and the team today!

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