The Barnet Early Autism Model (BEAM) is a comprehensive treatment model aimed at pre-school children on the autism spectrum.
BEAM is delivered at home, in liaison with the child's parents. BEAM is delivered to the child on a 1:1 basis, by a team of professionals. The programme is primarily delivered by trained BEAM facilitators, working under the direction of an Advisory Teacher. Additional input is provided by a designated Speech and Language Therapist; Occupational Therapist, and an Educational Psychologist. This team works in close collaboration with the parents/carers and other family members.
A clear set of principles guided the BEAM programme: a thorough and on-going assessment of each individual child's needs, positive use of structure and routine, building on areas of strength and attempting to minimise stress for the child, utilising opportunities for learning to learn, visually supported learning, an emphasise on the development of communication and social interaction, use of behavioural strategies as appropriate; direct teaching of self-help and life skills, and parent support and participation in their child's individual programme.
The Model was developed and is run by staff in the London Borough of Barnet.
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