The information on this page is designed for social and health care professionals including GPs, hospitals and CCGs. It will help you identify the most appropriate service for your client as quickly as possible.
When a person is referred for an assessment at one of our autism services, a team provides a detailed appraisal of their autism profile, behaviour and support needs. Some people with autism may also have additional sensory / motor co-ordination, organisational and developmental issues and although individuals can differ greatly, they share a common number of underlying challenges including:
This assessment will then inform the needs-driven support plan for the individual to move to one of our autism services. When a person moves into the service, their unique autism profile is explored in depth.
By focussing on social interaction, communication, flexibility of thought and sensory issues, we are able to evaluate the impact of autism on daily functioning and offer strategies to support their needs. Initial referrals are generally via a Local Health Authority or Social Services.
Life skills and promoting independence
Our Autism services place a high value on promoting life skills and independence among its service users. Residents are encouraged to take an active part in organising events and activities. Our team is experienced in the latest treatment and education systems for people with autism and trained to help residents achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life.
The team also plays a key role in person centred planning, they contribute towards progress reviews and are actively involved in transition planning, working with external agencies to reduce pressure on community teams and ensure the best possible support for our service users.
All service users enjoy access to a broad range of developmental activities and life skills including sports, crafts, music, arts and IT. Community inclusion is a priority, and service users are encouraged to visit local shops and leisure amenities on a regular basis.
Service users receive tailored support to meet their individual needs, enabling them to become actively involved in community life and educational activities. For those service users who wish to live more independently, we provide a range of specialist community-based housing projects for supported living.