Local, Autism & Social Communication Services (LASCS)

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The Local, Autism and Social Communication Service have been supporting children, young people, their families and schools for over 12 years in St Helens. We are a highly skilled and experienced team,  understanding children and young people’s development, the school systems to support children with their SEN and how to improve the outcomes in their learning and social/emotional development.

We aim to be flexible and responsive, recognising that one size doesn’t fit all. The team demonstrates and trains on well evidenced autism and social communication interventions designed to secure better progress for children who are struggling to access learning. We promote the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle as part of the Graduated Response and provide specialist advice for Education, Health and Care needs assessments and beyond.

Who we are and what we do



By investing in LASCS, your school will benefit from:

  • Highly experienced and specialist trained teachers and support staff
  • Knowledgeable staff who have assessed and supported over 650 children and young people with ASD over the last 3 years
  • A quick response time from the service

Targeted and bespoke training to meets the needs of your staff to:
  • To enable staff to implement ASD friendly strategies
  • Reduce stress and anxiety of staff and children in the school setting

The children and young people will benefit from:

  • Better trained and knowledgeable teachers and support staff
  • Improved understanding of their SEN and disability
  • Supportive strategies implemented by their teachers and support staff
  • Greater inclusion in their class or year group
  • Improved health and wellbeing


LASCS has an established, well respected reputation for delivering excellent training to schools. Staff are highly experienced; some holding licences to deliver nationally recognised courses.

Last year 547 staff from schools and other services within St Helens, Wigan, Warrington and Runcorn attended LASCS in-house or school training - 97.4% of attendees evaluated our training as very good to excellent.

We provide an extensive menu of SEND, social communication and autism specific training both in-house and for schools.

Additionally, unlike many other training providers, LASCS can respond specifically to your needs; creating a bespoke and highly tailored training package.