The Access and Assistive Technology Team is part of the Children and Young People’s specialist service (previously known as PIMS and SENATAS).

The team support children and young people from birth up to the end of year 11 National Curriculum Year (NCY), and advises on support for young people up to 25 in educational settings, in the following areas:

  • Access to educational settings and inclusive practice in educational settings for those with medical and physical conditions
  • Alternative Augmentative Communication – this is a joint pathway between Education and Health for children and young people with difficulty to access their communication aids due to physical disability
  • Assistive Technology to enable children and young people receive alternative methods of recording and access to the curriculum

What we do

We visit children and young people in their homes, preschool settings, schools and colleges.

We provide information to children and young people, parents, carers and staff about the effects of physical impairments and medical needs, and strategies to support access to learning and independence. We have a wide knowledge of the latest technology for alternative and augmentative methods of recording and communication.

We offer support, training and advice for children and young people, parents, carers and staff in order to be sure the requirements of a child or young person’s needs are planned for in all settings and at transition. We offer support and intervention to children and young people who need to use technology to enable their access to curriculum using alternative methods of recording and communication to develop their independence and reach their full potential.

We provide information to children and young people, parents, carers and staff about the use of technology for augmentative and alternative methods of recording and communication.

We are a unique service, made up of experienced professionals, who offer bespoke advice and guidance concerning any student in a Somerset school setting with a physical or medical need. Our service includes:

  • Support and advice to children and young people, teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs in a variety of settings including preschool, schools and further education
  • Assessment and review to provide recommendations to evaluate and monitor the child and young people’s progress using technology
  • Support with transitions into, within and between settings

We encourage pupils to develop learning and independence to enable them to reach their full potential.

Information and resources

Type of provision

Targeted - This is for people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families

Contact details

SEN information report

Centre information

Accessibility and adjustments

Wheelchair access Yes
Information about wheelchair access
Additional SEN information

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