Welcome to The Maples

Situated at Tokers Green, Reading, The Maples is a centre for the support and development of people with autism. We provide accommodation and support for adults, aged 18+, who are on the autism spectrum or show behaviours that indicate autism. We also support people with epilepsy, and individuals with complex needs who might challenge alternative services. Staff are trained to help service users achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life, and we respect each person's right to individual choice, dignity, independence and fulfilment. The Maples is a service within The Disabilities Trust's Autism services.

Governance

As well as being fully compliant with Care Quality Commission standards, our corporate Quality Assurance Department oversees a regular external inspection and ad-hoc visits set against the CQC's own quality outcomes. This ensures that standards are maintained and built upon regularly. The inspections and audits include seeking feedback from all stakeholders, including service users, families, and local authorities. Our quality report outcomes are also published annually.

Philosophy

Our person centred approach places service users at the heart of everything that we do. We recognise that people with autistic spectrum conditions often behave in ways which challenge traditional service provision. This is often a way of someone communicating frustration, anxiety, pain or needs.

Our highly experienced therapeutic team is trained to manage challenging behaviour by using a variety of interventions including de-escalation and intervention techniques thus enabling service users to communicate their needs and feelings in a non-threatening environment.

We always seek to find new ways of understanding the views of those who have communication difficulties and will tailor individualised communication methods to best meet the needs of that person.

Our strategy of 'Life Long Learning' encourages service users to access educational training courses and vocational training so that they have an opportunity to secure paid employment if they choose and to live life more independently. A Specialist Placement Manager advises and trains staff to create bespoke packages for individuals.

Activities and education

Staff are trained to help residents achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life according to their person centred plans, and residents are encouraged to take part in the organisation of events and activities.

We offer a wide range of optional activities and events, making full use of in-house facilities and the surrounding amenities and the nearby town of Reading, which offers excellent facilities for leisure, recreation and social activities.

The Maples runs a learning centre onsite and hosts other activities in nearby Mapledurham, offering structured daily living programmes on the basis of TEACCH. Off site, activities include swimming, bowling, golf, personal shopping trips and attending local educational and vocational colleges.

The staff team receive a range of autism specific training, and our buildings and environments are developed to reflect the specific needs of the residents.

The Maples has its own psychology and speech and language department, also available to the four houses in the community, which offers advice and support in intervention strategies. These include course that are accredited by educational institutions or are recognised qualifications such as QCF and GCSE equivalent. There are also opportunities to take up apprenticeships with local businesses. The curriculum includes functional skills, employability and life skills with a focus on teamwork, assisting with social inclusion and community integration.

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22 March
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Ferenc’s passion for glass-blowing

As part of World Autism Awareness Week 26 March – 2 April, The Disabilities Trust wants to celebrate Ferenc’s considerable artistic talents. Ferenc is a service user at The Maples in Reading.

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