The Aberdeen Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place in Aberdeen on 1st September 2014 at the Linx Ice Arena. The information gathered from delegates on the day has been collated and can be found by clicking on the links below.

For each of the 14 “challenges” we collected information about the following:

  • Specific relevant links
  • Specific relevant strategies
  • Specific relevant documents
  • Gaps, research and other relevant information not covered by another category

 

We are in the process of gathering relevant information to meet these 14 challenges. If you would like to contribute to the information collected below, please contact us by email.

Contact details for each of the resources mentioned are available at the bottom of this page.
ASD CHALLENGE

INTERVENTIONS

 

1. Understanding the implications of an autism diagnosis
Post diagnostic discussion(s) and individualised counsellingThe provision of good quality education and information packs for individuals, families/carers along with appropriate verbal discussion at time of need. Use of visual props if needed. Signposting to useful websites and forums.
Barnardo’s provides:

  • CYGNET programme – CYGNET provides autism parenting support and practitioner training programmes that have been developed to build knowledge, skills and support to make a difference in families and communities.

Healthtalk.org provides:

  • Online resource offering experiences from young people and adults who have experienced autism firsthand, either as a person on the spectrum, or as a family member or carer.

One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

  • The One Stop Shop aims to address the severe challenges experienced by local people with autism and their families, when attempting to access basic support services.
Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council provides:

  • The Aberdeenshire Autism Information Base (AAIB) provides information and advice, and is based at the Harlaw Centre, Inverurie. It aims to raise the profile of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) by providing free information and resources to individuals on the spectrum, parents or carers, and any member of the general public with an interest in Autism.

National Autistic Society (NAS) Ellon Branch provides:

  • The Ellon Branch is for parents/carers and professionals in Aberdeenshire with an interest in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As well as providing information and support via email and telephone, the branch also organises social outings and fundraising events, as well as a range of talks and seminars. They deliver a weekly, term time social skills resource Socialeyes for young people aged 14 years and over with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism.
2. Development of effective means of communication Individualised language therapy assessment. Updated as required. Alternative and augmentative communication systems introduced where required. Work to ensure language system (regardless of form) is used functionally and is therefore effective on an individual basis. Teaching/learning on internet etiquette and supervision. Befriend A Child provides:

  • One to one support and friendship to vulnerable youngsters who could particularly benefit from experiencing a trusting relationship with a caring adult and participating in various activities / interests not normally available to them.

NHS Grampian provides:

  • The Moray Speech and Language Therapy service may see children and adults with a speech, language, communication, voice or swallowing difficulty. They offer assessment, support and management of these difficulties and base care on understanding each individual – their environment, lifestyle, needs and wishes.

 

 

3. Social communication Targeted social communication programmes delivered either individually or in a group setting as required and appropriate to the individual to include internet etiquette and promotion of online safety. Autism Awareness Association (Aberdeen) provides:

  • Awareness and support for people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. A group of young people (20s and 30s) that have autism. They offer groups to let members meet new people and talk about day to day things. They also have interest groups that let members find people who like doing the same things.

Befriend A Child provides:

  • Provides one to one support and friendship to vunerable youngsters who could particularly benefit from experiencing a trusting relationship with a caring adult and participating in various activities / interests not normally available to them.

I-Connect North East provides:

  • Support for inclusive communities, access to opportunities and provides information
  • Provides information about what is going on in Aberdeen, including activities, services and events
  • This service was previous known as the Info Hub

Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) provides:

  • Holiday playschemes that provide respite and continuity for parents carers and children during the school holidays.
Aberdeenshire
  • A weekly, term time social skills resource Socialeyes for young people aged 14 years and over with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism.

SensationAll provides:

  • SensationALL is a registered Scottish charity, it provides a multi-sensory play centre in Westhill, Aberdeenshire for children and young adults with multiple support needsand their families.
4. Developing and maintaining relationships
Work to assess the understanding of relationships and promotion of skills to develop relationships including sexuality issues and intimate relationships. Access to social groups, friendship circles etc
Befriend A Child provides:

  • Provides one to one support and friendship to vunerable youngsters who could particularly benefit from experiencing a trusting relationship with a caring adult and participating in various activities / interests not normally available to them.

Camphill School Aberdeen provides:

  • Camphill School Aberdeen offers flexible day and overnight respite support to children and young people who are pupils of Camphill School. In addition to this, the St Andrew’s Project can extend this to children and young people not attending Camphill School.

Grampian Autistic Society provides:

  • Their playscheme offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities that focus on developing children’s social and communication skills, as well as providing respite for parents and carers.
  • Their outreach service aims to provide specialist one to one support for both children and adults.
  • They offer both set and tailored training courses in addition to assessment and consultancy services.

NHS Grampian provides:

Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) provides:

  • Holiday playschemes that provide respite and continuity for parents carers and children during the school holidays.
Aberdeenshire
  • Short break/respite care via local social work office, an arrangement can be made for a social worker / care manager to call and assess need for a break. This is generally part of the community care package of services.
SensationAll provides:
  • SensationALL is a registered Scottish charity, it provides a multi-sensory play centre in Westhill, Aberdeenshire for children and young adults with multiple support needsand their families.
5. Social isolation for individual with autism Accessible social groups and opportunities, support in the community. Befrienders. Respect the need to be alone at times. Acceptance by families that friendships can take many forms Aberdeen Sports Village provides:

  • kids@asv provides opportunities for children of all ages to participate in sport and exercise. All kids@asv activities are fully inclusive for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.

Befriend A Child provides:

  • Provides one to one support and friendship to vunerable youngsters who could particularly benefit from experiencing a trusting relationship with a caring adult and participating in various activities / interests not normally available to them.

Inspire provides:

  • A wide range of services including residential and supported accommodation projects, support to people living in their communities, respite and emergency respite care, holiday activity schemes and innovative day services.

One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

  • The One Stop Shop aims to address the severe challenges experienced by local people with autism and their families, when attempting to access basic support services.

Sport Aberdeen provides:

  • Sport Aberdeen is committed to community sport and has a range of opportunities for children and adults with disabilities or additional needs to participate in sports activities.
Aberdeenshire
  • PAGES provides summer and after school activities for children with additional support needs and their siblings. Parents/carers must remain in attendance during all PAGES activities. The group also provides support and information to parents and carers in the Aberdeenshire area.
6. Social isolation for family
Family/ Partner/ Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments
Aberdeen Performing Arts provides:

  • Autism-friendly shows, which can found in their Guide to Accessible Performances linked on their Access web page

Aberdeen Sports Village provides:

  • kids@asv provides opportunities for children of all ages to participate in sport and exercise. All kids@asv activities are fully inclusive for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.

Art Centre and Theatre Aberdeen provides:

  • ACT Aberdeen is recognised nationally as an inclusive community hub which hosts arts activities across a wide demographic. They offer autism-friendly perfomances; check What’s On for information on dates.

Cornerstone provides:

Dimensions UK provides:

  • Autism Friendly Screenings at over 250 cinemas in partnership with Cineworld, ODEON, Showcase and Vue cinemas. Every month, each participating cinema shows a different film from a selection of new releases and classics suitable for all age ranges.

Feel Like Dancing provides:

One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

  • The One Stop Shop aims to address the severe challenges experienced by local people with autism and their families, when attempting to access basic support services.

Sport Aberdeen provides:

  • Sport Aberdeen is committed to community sport and has a range of opportunities for children and adults with disabilities or additional needs to participate in sports activities.

Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) provides:

  • VSA provides support to adult and young carers throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and has specialist support for mental illness including weekend day care and home support for those suffering from dementia and their carers.
Aberdeenshire

Parents Advisory Group for Education and Socialisation (PAGES) provides:

  • PAGES provides summer and after school activities for children with additional support needs and their siblings. Parents/carers must remain in attendance during all PAGES activities. The group also provides support and information to parents and carers in the Aberdeenshire area.
7. Learning to learn skills
A functional assessment of the person’s cognitive abilities and learning style leading to a planned programme both directly with the individual and indirectly with the family, carers etc. Formal psychometric testing may be conducted if appropriate to inform intervention

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Schools provide:

  • Autism Outreach Service is a team of teachers with experience of working with pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The team provide support for pupils, staff and families. The Autism Outreach Service is part of Aberdeen City Council Pupil Support Services.

NHS Grampian provides:

  • Educational psychologists work with parents and carers, preschool and school staff, and other professionals to help children and young people achieve their full potential
8. Predicting and managing change Timely individual direct work with individuals to teach methods where required. Family/carer /employer guidance/education in these methodsVisual supports; timetables, timers, text alerts, choice boards etc to be used as appropriate Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Schools provide:

  • Autism Outreach Service is a team of teachers with experience of working with pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The team provide support for pupils, staff and families. The Autism Outreach Service is part of Aberdeen City Council Pupil Support Services.
9. Behaviour and emotional regulation protecting wellbeing Knowledge development in understanding behaviour in the context of ASD. Individual work with the individual on assessing behaviour, recognising triggers and developing and managing the implementation of strategies to help. Behaviour support plans, cognitive interventions, psychotherapy or counselling as required and indicated by life circumstances eg around transitions of all types including bereavement. Work with the individual’s family/carers, criminal justice, social work, Police as appropriate. Autism Alert card possession Aberdeen City Council provides:

Camphill School Aberdeen provides:

  • A wide choice of individual therapies, recommended by the team working with the individual. These include speech, movement, therapeutic art, riding, therapeutic music, massage, bath, play and counselling. Therapeutic intervention is available to all the children and young people attending school in Camphill and also as a part outreach package or part-time placements for children and young people who are not pupils of the School.

National Autistic Society (NAS) provides:

  • Autism Alert Cards, which can be carried by a person who has autism and used in situations where communication may be difficult.

NHS Grampian provides:

  • Occupational therapy aims to maximise independence in everyday activities and the enjoyment of leisure interests.  Services include anger and anxiety managment, practical skills training.

One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

Aberdeenshire

SensationAll provides:

  • SensationALL is a registered Scottish charity, it provides a multi-sensory play centre in Westhill, Aberdeenshire for children and young adults with multiple support needs and their families. Chill OOt! Group – a specially designed group aimed at helping school-aged kids with MSN learn how to self regulate and develop social skills
10. Restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours Assessment and positive day to day management on an individualised basis. Treatment by mental health clinician if required NHS Grampian provides:

11. Motivation issues
Structured programmes as appropriate to the individual linking to the other core challenges as required. Career guidance, employer/HE/FE support.
Inspire provides:

One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

  • The One Stop Shop provides employment information and support.

Skills Development Scotland provides:

  • In support of youth employment, SDS is one of the delivery partners for the Scottish Government’s guaranteed offer of a place in education or training for all 16 to 19-year-olds through Opportunities for All. With partners, SDS delivers face to face career information, advice and guidance in schools and SDS centres, as well as support through a contact centre and a dynamic web service My World of Work.

The Bread Maker provides:

  • The Bread Maker operates as a bespoke bakery, bringing to the marketplace an opportunity to purchase premium quality products, using the best ingredients and the highest manufacturing standards while functioning as a social enterprise allowing adults with learning disabilities to fully participate in a thriving and growing concern  The apprenticeship scheme offers 20 adults with learning disabilities a range of work experience and job opportunities within a dedicated bakery unit and welcoming coffee house.

University of Aberdeen provides:

  • Project SEARCH is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, Inspire (Partnership Through Life) charity and Aberdeen College, funded by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities (SCLD).  The project, seeks to provide preparation for employment to young people with disabilities through a mix of education and work experience placements
Aberdeenshire

Lead Scotland (Aberdeenshire) provides:

  • Lead Scotland, Linking Education and Disability, is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland.
12. Sensory issues Assessment of sensory difficulties. Identification and implementation of strategies. Environmental adaptation on an individual basis with individual control working towards reducing the impact of sensory sensitivities One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

  • Sensory equipment that can be used at no cost. They recommend you phone ahead on 01224 633040 to ensure the room is available.
Aberdeenshire

SensationAll provides:

  • SensationALL is a registered Scottish charity, it provides a multi-sensory play centre in Westhill, Aberdeenshire for children and young adults with multiple support needsand their families.
13. Daily living skills Assessment of core life skills as required across the lifespan and to take account of changing needs at various transitions. Specific individual programmes to teach and maintain these skills where needed. Involvement of families/carers in assessment and implementation of new learningEducation for families/employers/ care providers/housing dept re practical needs Create Aberdeen provides:

  • Create supports the rights of adults with learning disabilities to be healthy, fulfilled, and to be active participants in community life.  Activities include cooking, journalism, filming, photography, computers and graphics.

NHS Grampian provides:

  • Occupational therapy aims to maximise independence in everyday activities and the enjoyment of leisure interests. Each patient will receive a full Occupational Therapy assessment to identify any functional or emotional needs. Following this a treatment plan will be agreed between the patient and therapist.

One Stop Shop Aberdeen provides:

  • Daily living skills resources and support
Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council provides:

  • Adult day services provide a whole range of community opportunities for adults with disabilities to learn new practical and creative skills, get involved in social activities, develop social skills and build social networks in the community, get involved in community projects and enterprises, get involved in volunteering, and get support in finding and keeping a job
  • Seven day service bases in Aberdeenshire. They provide day care for adults aged 16 to 65 with physical and / or learning disabilities.

Garioch Community Kitchen provides:

  •  Practical cooking sessions for members of the local community

Lead Scotland (Aberdeenshire) provides:

  • Lead Scotland, Linking Education and Disability, is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland.
14. Co existing conditions- examples epilepsy, dyspraxia, dyslexia, disorders of attention, sensory impairment, anxiety, sleep disorder, addiction, anger management, depression, self harm, psychosis, personality disorder, OCD, disordered eating patterns etc. These require assessment and treatment/management by appropriate specialist clinician. Joint working is crucial across specialities with a clear case co-ordinating lead identified. NHS Grampian provides:

  • Advice and support on sexual health, sexual problems and contraception across all age groups.
  • Educational psychologists work with parents and carers, preschool and school staff, and other professionals to help children and young people achieve their full potential
  • The Moray Speech and Language Therapy service may see children and adults with a speech, language, communication, voice or swallowing difficulty. They offer assessment, support and management of these difficulties and base care on understanding each individual – their environment, lifestyle, needs and wishes.
  • Occupational therapy aims to maximise independence in everyday activities and the enjoyment of leisure interests. Each patient will receive a full Occupational Therapy assessment to identify any functional or emotional needs. Following this a treatment plan will be agreed between the patient and therapist.

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR ABERDEEN RESOURCES

Aberdeen City Council
Marischal College Customer Service Centre
Ground Floor, Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
Telephone: 01224 522000

Aberdeen Performing Arts
Listing of venues available online
Telephone: 01224 641122

Aberdeen Sports Village
Linksfield Rd
Aberdeen AB24 5RU
Telephone: 01224 438900

Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
Aberdeen
AB16 5GB
Telephone: 08456 081207

Art Centre and Theatre Aberdeen
33 King Street
Aberdeen
AB24 5AA
Telephone: 01224 635208

ASD Aberdeen
(Facebook page)

Autism Awareness Association (Aberdeen)
Contact via web form

Barnardo’s
Aberdeen Office
20 Carden Place
Aberdeen
AB10 1UQ
Telephone: 01224 624090

Befriend A Child
Befriend A Child
9 Bon Accord Square
Aberdeen
AB11 6DJ
Telephone: 01224 210060

Camphill School Aberdeen
Central Office
Murtle Estate
Bieldside
Aberdeen
AB15 9EP
Telephone: 01224 867935

Cornerstone
Atholl House
86-88 Guild Street
Aberdeen
AB11 6LT
Telephone: 01224 256 000

Create Aberdeen
Aboyne Pl
Aberdeen
AB10 7DR
Telephone: 01224 313323

Dimensions UK
Telephone: 0300 303 9001

Feel Like Dancing
contact via email

Garioch Community Kitchen
Wyness Hall
Jackson Street
Inverurie
Aberdeenshire
AB51 3QB
contact via email

Grampian Autistic Society
33 -35 Carnie Drive
Aberdeen
AB25 3AN
Telephone: 01224 277900

Healthtalk.org
(online resource)

I-Connect North East
Units 8-10
Aberdeen Indoor Market
Market Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5NX
Telephone: 01224 595685

Inspire
Beach Boulevard
Aberdeen
AB24 5HP
Telephone: 01224 280005

Lead Scotland (Aberdeenshire)
C/O Star Community Flat
14A Seaton Drive
Aberdeen
AB24 IUX
Telephone: 01224 708638

National Autistic Society (NAS) Ellon Branch
Ellon,
Aberdeenshire
AB41 8PB
Telephone: 07880 780686

NHS Grampian
Telephone: 08454 56600

One Stop Shop Aberdeen
contact by email
9 Queens Gardens,
Aberdeen.
AB15 4YD
Telephone: 01224 633040

Parents Advisory Group for Education and Socialisation (PAGES)
contact by email

SensationAll
c/o Lawsondale Sports Pavillion
Lawsondale Playing Fields
Off Arnhall Crescent
Westhill
Aberdeenshire
AB32 6TY
Telephone: 01224 228718

Skills Development Scotland
381 Union Street
Aberdeen
AB11 6BT
Telephone: 0800 917 8000

Sleep Scotland
8 Hope Park Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9NW
Telephone: 0131 651 1392

Sport Aberdeen
Inspire Building
Beach Boulevard
Aberdeen, AB24 5HP
Telephone: 08456 013611

The Bread Maker
50-52 Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeen
AB25 1NT
Telephone: 01224 641520

University of Aberdeen
King’s College
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
Telephone: 01224 272000

Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA)
38 Castle Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5YU
Telephone: 01224 212021