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Autism Advisory and Intervention Service (AAIS)

Autism Advisory and Intervention Service (AAIS)

The Education Authority (EA) has a dedicated Autism Advisory and Intervention Service (AAIS) which provides advice, guidance and support to educational settings, parents and carers in order to promote best practice for children and young people on the autistic spectrum.  The AAIS consists of a large team of educational professionals who have specific autism training, knowledge and experience in supporting such children and young people. 

At the core of the AAIS is an understanding that autism occurs across a spectrum.  Therefore, the needs of each child and young person will be unique depending on their specific presentation of autism.  Hence any support provided should not only embrace these wide ranging needs but also employ a variety of interventions, approaches and models to best address those needs.

The AAIS is committed to delivering high levels of quality support for children and young people referred by the Educational Psychology Service at Stages 3 or 5 of the SEN Code of Practice.

Elements of support may include:

  • School consultations with staff and parents
  • Classroom observations
  • Individual pupil or group intervention
  • Capacity building programmes

Importantly the AAIS offers a range of training programmes to promote capacity building among Learning Support Co-ordinators, teachers, classroom assistants, parents and carers.  It aims to help schools identify specific professional development requirements and also to enhance all participants’ ability to support their children and young people more proactively. A core feature of this provision is the development of collaborative working practices between schools, other EA services, Health and Social Care Trust personnel and parents and carers. 

Schools should also observe Department of Education recommendations such as the ‘Good Practice Guidelines’ documentation (DE 2009) and the ‘Resource file for children with special educational needs’ (DE 2011).

Contact Details

EA Regional Manager for Autism Advisory and Intervention Service (AAIS) - To be appointed.

AAIS Office Contact Details
OfficeTelephone No
Armagh Office028 3831 4471
Ballymena Office028 2566 1480
Belfast Office028 9078 4230
Dundonald Office028 9056 6392
Omagh Office028 8225 4552
Useful Website Links
  • Department of Education Resource File – ASD

  • Middletown Centre for Autism resources for professionals and parents 

  • AutismNI autism awareness information

  • National Autistic Society resources

  • NHS Choices information sheets

  • Family Support NI Website provides details of a wide range of services provided by statutory, voluntary and community organisations to support families.


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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