When a person is referred for an assessment at one of our autism services, our therapeutic 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

This assessment informs the positive behaviour support plan for how the individual could be supported in one of our autism services.

Positive behaviour support planning

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 evaluate the impact of autism on daily functioning and offer strategies to support their needs. Our therapy team is experienced in the latest models of support for people with autism and trained to help service users achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life.

autistic service user working with support worker in Hollyrood woodshed

Life skills and promoting independence

Our autism services place a high value on promoting life skills and independence among its service users who are encouraged to take an active part in organising events and activities.

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 also have access to vocational support, psychology and psychiatry services, and speech and language therapy.

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.

Our standards

Our autism services are committed to providing an environment which encourages personal development, confidence and independence to people with autism, some of whom may have learning disabilities; our person centred approach puts the individual at the heart of everything that we do.

We make sure that any feedback is listened to and responded to within given timescales and regularly review and monitor our service to ensure effectiveness and quality {link to complaints/feedback page].

Our autism services have developed a person centred approach based on seven guiding principles:

autistic service user interacting with the sensory room at The maples

  • Quality is not compromised
  • Best value is considered in all service provision
  • Individuality and diversity are valued and celebrated
  • People using our services are at the centre of all that we do
  • Commitment to continuous improvement drives all plans and activities
  • Outcomes are specific, measurable, achievable and realistic, with timely targets
  • There is a commitment to the belief that people using our service can achieve their full potential

Our Therapeutic Team

Service users are supported to use local health and social services to maximise available support within a particular region. All our autism services and staff also have access to our own therapeutic team which includes a specialist autism Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologists, and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioners. On admission to our service and on an ongoing basis, the team plays a key role in person centred planning, involvement in progress meetings and transition planning, reviewing service users' goals to ensure they are achieving their aspirations. All our staff members are selected for their qualifications and experience, their commitment to respecting service users as individuals and their ability to support people to achieve their individual potential and long-term goals.