The Argyll & Bute Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place on Thursday 4th August 2016 at The Three Villages Community Hall, Arrochar.

The information gathered from delegates on the day has been collated and can be found 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.

 

ASD CHALLENGE

INTERVENTIONS

1. Understanding the Implications of an Autism Diagnosis Post diagnostic discussion(s) and individualised counselling. The 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. Autism Argyll: Provides:  Support, resources and signposting.


CAMHS:  Provides a diagnostic and assessment service for children aged 0 to 18 years and living in Oban, Lorne, Mid-Argyll, Kintyre and Islay. Multi-disciplinary assessment involved child and adolescent mental health service, speech and language therapy and educational psychology.


Speech & Language Therapy:


Social Work Services:


Autism Diagnostic Team (Paediatric):


Autism Diagnostic Team (Adults):


Right Click:  Provides online programme for parents and carers and provides information and support.


Get Set 4 Autism:  Provides post-diagnostic support to parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who have autism across Argyll and Bute.


Diagnostic Team: (Educational psychology)


Diagnosis for adults via ASD team at Lochgilphead


Scottish Autism: Provide knowledge and expertise for parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for people with 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. Speech & Language Therapy: All year round availability – usually in school, e.g. visual timetables, school and home.


Lomond & Argyll:  Advocacy Service: Provide independent advocacy to adults who use community care services. Our priority groups are adults with a learning disability, adults who use mental health services and people over 65.


Education:  Augmentative Communication


Scottish Centre Of Technology For The Communication Impaired. (SCTCI)

Provides:  Assessment, training and education, loan bank of equipment and research. All in relation to communication needs.


Call Scotland: Aims to help children and young people across Scotland
to overcome disability and barriers to learning.


Right Click:  Provides online programme for parents and carers and provides information and support.


Speech & Language Therapy – refer through CP/Self Referral/Education.


Autism Toolbox:  The Autism Toolbox is a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services in Scotland. As well as introducing and describing some of the more common challenges a pupil with autism might face.


Argyll & Bute Council – Learning Disability Service: The Learning Disability Service includes health and social work staff who work together to support people in our communities with Learning Disabilities, and their families and carers.

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. Speech & Language Therapy Groups:  Where available???


Oban Saturday Club: Provide a supportive environment for children to develop skills, build confidence and learn.


Communication Passport: Personal Communication Passports are a practical and person-centred way of supporting children, young people and adults who cannot easily speak for themselves. Passports are a way of pulling complex information together and presenting it in an easy-to-follow format.


Bridge Cafe & Go Bananas soft play area.


Kintyre Six Circle Group: Offer opportunities for socially excluded people to increase the time they spend relating to each other and to other groups in the community by providing them with the chance to become involved in rewarding voluntary work and activities aimed towards personal development.

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  Tessa Project:  aims to raise awareness of issues surrounding internet safety, cyber-bullying and grooming. It also seeks to challenge inappropriate behaviour. Not Autism specific.


Different Together:  Different Together is a safe, supportive and understanding community for the partners of people affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS).


Network Autism:  Online support where you can find useful information on how to use and make the most out of Network Autism. There is information on help and support, guidelines and FAQs.Sex Education, Relationship courses for professionals and carers held in Glasgow (Free).Sheltered groups:  Eg Community Resource Centre Oban, Woodlands, Campbeltown and Lochgilphead.


Skills Development Scotland:


 

Autistic Thistle:  is a new website, forum and social media for Autistic people by Autistic people. The aim is to reach others in Scotland and beyond, to reach people who are living in a social world with ASD, to share experiences and knowledge for the common good.

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.  Befrienders:  Is a voluntary organisation which works with children and young people and their families in Argyll and Bute.  Their aim is to encouraging and supporting friendships between the volunteers and the child or young person.


Argyll & Bute Mental Health Services: Provide a range of services and offer support and help.


Oban Saturday Club: Provide a supportive environment for children to develop skills, build confidence and learn.


Aspies:  Provide online chat groups, forums and blogs. Aspies is a social self-help and motivation group for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.  (Based in Worcester).


Children 1st:  Provide services which promote the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and young people.

6. Social Isolation for Family Family/Partner/Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments  Autsim Argyll: Provides:  Support, resources and signposting.


North Argyll Carers Trust:  Provide a wide variety of services including help and advice and an online community.


Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO: Provide a wide variety of services including help and advice and an online community.


Different Together: Different Together is a safe, supportive and understanding community for the partners of people affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS).


Dimensions: Work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host Autism Friendly Screenings at over 250 cinemas nationwide.


Sense Scotland:  Provide people of all ages with the support they want and need through a wide range of services, representation and regular events.


Cornerstone:   Provides short breaks and respite throughout Scotland. They aim to provide flexible and responsive support to meet the needs of both individuals and their carers.


Befrienders:  Is a voluntary organisation which works with children and young people and their families in Argyll and Bute.  Their aim is to encouraging and supporting friendships between the volunteers and the child or young person.


Carers Trust Scotland:  Provides comprehensive carers support services in Scotland, reaching adult carers and young carers from all groups and communities throughout Scotland.


Aspies:  Provide online chat groups, forums and blogs. Aspies is a social self-help and motivation group for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.  (Based in Worcester).


Dochas Carers Centre: Provide a wide range of free services to unpaid carers. There are also a number of informal support groups and drop-in sessions in in Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Tarbert and Islay.


Autistic Thistle:  is a new website, forum and social media for Autistic people by Autistic people. The aim is to reach others in Scotland and beyond, to reach people who are living in a social world with ASD, to share experiences and knowledge for the common good.

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. West College Scotland: The Programme will be part of the National Qualification System and students will participate in a variety of National 1 Units. Subjects include:Numeracy, IT, Communication and Cookery.


Blarburie Trust: Outdoor skills & Confidence.


Occupational Therapy – Sensory Assessment.


CAMHS:  Provides a diagnostic and assessment service for children aged 0 to 18 years and living in Oban, Lorne, Mid-Argyll, Kintyre and Islay. Multi-disciplinary assessment involved child and adolescent mental health service, speech and language therapy and educational psychology.

8. Predicting and Managing Change  Timely individual direct work with individuals to teach methods where required. Family/carer/employer guidance/education in these methods. Visual supports; timetables, timers, text alerts, choice boards etc to be used as appropriate.  Area Network Support Team:


Enable: Provide a wide range of person centred services designed to ensure that people who have learning disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community.


Cornerstone:   Provides short breaks and respite throughout Scotland. They aim to provide flexible and responsive support to meet the needs of both individuals and their carers.


Family Support:


Hear4U – Barnardo’s:  Provides an advocacy service for children and young people across three local authority areas in Scotland.


Children 1st:  Provide services which promote the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and young people.


Carr Gomm:  Is a person-centred organisation that supports people to lead their lives safely and to do the things they want to do: in day-to-day living, in planning for the future and in realising dreams. They provide support at home and in supported services which are delivered by highly trained and committed workers.

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  Children 1st:  Provide services which promote the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and young people.


Get Set 4 Autism:  Provides post-diagnostic support to parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who have autism across Argyll and Bute.


Argyll & Bute Addiction Team:  The ABAT is a health and social work addiction team of professionals who offer services to people affected by their use of alcohol and/or drugs.


Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO: Aim to make a positive difference to the lives of unpaid carers living in the Helensburgh and Lomond area through the provision of information, advice and a range of support services at no cost to carers.


Educational Psychologists:


Paediatrician:


Social Work:  Specialist, tailored training for staff, teams and families (ABA Approach).

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  Education Services:


Education Psychology:


Learning Support:


LD Health:


Mental Health Service Guided Self Help:


CAMHS:  Provides a diagnostic and assessment service for children aged 0 to 18 years and living in Oban, Lorne, Mid-Argyll, Kintyre and Islay. Multi-disciplinary assessment involved child and adolescent mental health service, speech and language therapy and educational psychology.


Sleep Scotland: Promotes healthy sleep in children and young people through sleep awareness, sleep counselling and education. It  provides intensive sleep programmes for children with additional support needs by training sleep counsellors to work directly with families in need of sleep support.

11. Motivation Issues Structured programmes as appropriate to the individual linking to the other core challenges as required. Career guidance, employer/ HE/FE support.  Enable: Provide a wide range of person centred services designed to ensure that people who have learning disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community.


Affinity Trust: Provides person-centred, innovative support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism in the UK.


 

Inspire Scotland: Provides opportunities for young people to ‘be the best that they can’ and  ‘improve their future life chances’. support all aspects of children and young people’s lives, doing ‘whatever it takes’ to help them engage in their communities; including communities of people through education, work and social activities and all the relationships this includes.


Skills Development Scotland: Supports Children with additional support needs.


Oban Saturday Club: Provide a supportive environment for children to develop skills, build confidence and learn.


Argyll & Bute Council – Youth Services:  Aims to provide all young people, aged from 11 to 25 years in Argyll and Bute, with a range of enjoyable opportunities, challenging experiences and effective support that will enhance their personal, social and educative development and sense of identity during the transition to adulthood.

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  Oban Saturday Club: Provide a supportive environment for children to develop skills, build confidence and learn.


Occupational Therapy:


LD:


Dimensions: Work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host Autism Friendly Screenings at over 250 cinemas nationwide.


Get Set 4 Autism:  Provides post-diagnostic support to parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who have autism across Argyll and Bute.


Oban Phoenix Cinema:  Run special screenings for autistic children and their carers.


Parklands School: A purpose-built school for pupils with Complex Special Educational Needs. Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, music and movement room.


The Tower Digital Arts Centre: Run special screenings for autistic children and their carers.


The Kings Theatre Glasgow:  Show autism friendly performances on an Ad Hoc basis – information will be published on their website, as and when required.


Oban Sensory Garden: The Garden is a hub of activity for the community and a haven for locals and visitors to appreciate the environment around them.


Riding For The Disabled:  Aims to give riders the chance to reach therapeutic goals, achieve personal ambitions, combat social isolation, develop life skills, experience the outdoors and connect with animals.

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 learning. Education for families/employers/ care providers/housing department re practical needs  Homestart:  Volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.


Occupational Therapy:


Community Learning & Development:


SALT:


 

Scottish Autism: Provide knowledge and expertise for parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for people with autism.


Crossroads: Provides practical support in the home, personal care, social stimulation and respite for carers.


Autism Argyll: Provides:  Support, resources and signposting.


Integrated Health & Social Work Team:


Cornerstone:   Provides short breaks and respite throughout Scotland. They aim to provide flexible and responsive support to meet the needs of both individuals and their carers.


Enable: Provide a wide range of person centred services designed to ensure that people who have learning disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community.


Key Housing:  Provides individualised support to people with disabilities in a range of home and community settings.


M & J Care:  Provide help, assistance and support for everyday tasks and can assist with activities such as light domestic duties, shopping or cleaning. We are also there to provide friendship, reassurance and companionship.

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. CAMHS:  Provides a diagnostic and assessment service for children aged 0 to 18 years and living in Oban, Lorne, Mid-Argyll, Kintyre and Islay. Multi-disciplinary assessment involved child and adolescent mental health service, speech and language therapy and educational psychology.


Occupational Therapy:


SALT:


Sleep Scotland: Promotes healthy sleep in children and young people through sleep awareness, sleep counselling and education. It  provides intensive sleep programmes for children with additional support needs by training sleep counsellors to work directly with families in need of sleep support.


Quarriers: Provide practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances. Its aims are to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.


Argyll & Bute Council – Community Mental Health Team:  Support people who have or think they may have mental health problems, such as depression, phobias, anxiety disorders or schizophrenia.


Argyll & Bute Addiction Team:  The ABAT is a health and social work addiction team of professionals who offer services to people affected by their use of alcohol and/or drugs.


Sensory Impairment Services:  Offer support to people of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing; blind or partially sighted, or both (deafblind or dual sensory impaired).  The Team works with people (including children) and their families/carers to help maintain or regain independence and quality of life.


Epilepsy Scotland:  Provides support service for parents and carers of children with epilepsy, complementary therapies to people with epilepsy and their carers, providing one to one support from trained support workers. Outreach service for adults who have a disability. Also provides Helpline, Text, email services.


SAMH:  Provides community based services for people with mental health problems, National Programmes and policy and campaigning work.

CONTACT DETAILS FOR ARGYLL & BUTE RESOURCES:

 

Affinity Trust

Queens Builind, George Street

Oban, PA34 5RZ

Tel:  01631 571311

 

Argyll & Bute Council – Addiction Team

Tel: 01546 605517 (Office Hours)

Tel:  01631 566491 or 01631 569712 (Out of Hours)

 

Argyll & Bute Council – Mental Health Teams

Bute

Union Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0HD.

Tel. No: 01546 60 5517.

 

Argyll & Bute Council – Social Work

Tel:  01546 605517 (work hours)

Tel:  01631 566491  /  01631 569712 (out of hours service)

 

Autistic Thistle

Web: www.autistic-thistle.co.uk

Email: dante@autistic-thistle.co.uk

Facebook / Twitter

 

Dunoon

Dochas Lodge, 360 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7RL.

Tel. no: 01369 708716

 

Helensburgh

Victoria Integrated Care Unit, Jeannie Deans Centre, 93 East king Street, Helensburgh, G84 7BU.

Tel. No: 01546 60 5517

 

Kintyre and Islay

Old Quay Head, Campbeltown, PA28 6ED

Tel. No: 01546 60 5517

 

Mid Argyll

The Caladh Centre, Aros, Lochgilphead, PA31 8LD

Tel. No: 01546 60 56 06

 

Oban, Lorn and the Isles

Willowview Community Care Centre, Lower Soroba, Oban, PA34 4SB

Tel. No: 01546 60 5517

 

Autism Argyll

Email:  autism.argyll@me.com

Tel:  01546 600

 

Befrienders – For Argyll & Bute Children

PO Box 9576

Lochgilphead

Argyll, PA31 9BB

Tel: 01546 60 3144 /07918 601567 /07436 035838

 

Call Scotland

University of Edinburgh

Moray House

Holyrood Road

Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

Tel:  0131 651 6235

 

Carers Trust

Skypark 3

Suite l/2

14/18 Elliott Place

Glasgow G3 8EP

Tel: 0300 123 2008

 

Carr Gomm

11 Harewood Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4NT

Tel:  0300 666 3030

 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Argyll & Bute Hospital

Lochgilphead, PA31 8LD

Tel: 01546 602323

 

Children 1st
83 Whitehouse Loan
Edinburgh
EH9 1AT

Tel: 0131 446 2300

 

Cornerstone

Email: enquiries@cornerstone.org.uk

 

Enable Scotland

Inspire House

3 Renshaw Place

Lanarshire, ML1 4UF

Tel:  0300 0200 101

 

Epilepsy Scotland

48 Govan Road

Glasgow, G51 1JL

Tel:  0141 427 4911

Email: enquiries@epilepsyscotland.org.uk

 

Get Set 4 Autism

Tel: 07713 475174  or 07738 755326.

Email: getset@scottishautism.org

 

Go Bananas – The Bridge Cafe

Sorobo Lane

Oban, PA34 4HX

Tel: 01631 566697

 

Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO

Lomond House

29 Lomond Street

Helensburgh, G84 7PW

Tel:  01436 673444 / 01436 670555

 

Kintyre Six Circle Group

Kintyre Community Education Centre

Stewart Road, PA28 6AT

Tel: 01880 820247

 

Lommond & Argyll Advocacy Service

Telephone Numbers:

Helensburgh & East Argyll Office – 0845 6023292 or 01389 726543

Mid Argyll Office – 01546 606056

Cowal & Bute Office – 01369 840250

Oban & Lorn Office – 01546 606056

Kintyre Office – 01586 553428

 

Network Autism

Email: networkautismsupport@nas.org.uk

 

North Argyll Carers Centre

Albany Street

Oban

PA34 4A

Tel:01631 564 422

 

Oban Saturday Club

Lorne Resource Centre
Oban
PA34 4HY

 

Quarriers

Quarriers Head Office
Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX
Tel: 01505 612224/616000

 

Right Click

Email: rightclick@scottishautism.org

 

Scottish Association For Mental Health (SAMH)

Tel: 0141 530 1000

Email:  enquire@samh.org.uk

 

Scottish Autism

Hilton House

Alloa Business Park

Whins Road,

Alloa, FK10 3SA

Tel: 01259 720044

Email: autism@scottishautism.org 

 

 

Sense Scotland

43 Middlesex Street

Kinning Park

Glasgow

G41 1EE

Tel:0300 330 9292

Email: info@sensescotland.org.uk

 

Sensory Impairment Service

Tel: 01546 605517 (Working Hours)

Tel:  01631 566491 / 01631 569712 (Out of Hours)

 

Sleep Scotland

Tel: 0131 651 1392

Email: enquiries@sleepscotland.org

 

Tessa Project

PO Box 9338

Dunoon, PA23 8WS

Girls Helpline: 0800 121 4685

Boys Helpline: 0800 032 0399

Email: support@tessaproject.co.uk

 

The Dochas Centre

50 Campbell Street

Lochgilphead, PA31 8JU

Tel: 01546 600 022