The Fife Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place at Falkland House School on 20 May 2014. 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 ideas and other information not fitting any of the categories
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

WHAT WAS FOUND

 

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. ENABLE Scotland provides:

  • The ENABLE U Project in the Fife and Forth Valley areas. This project will support families with children who are in the early process of getting or have recently received a diagnosis of a learning disability.  A time of extreme anxiety and adjustment for families as they come to terms with the diagnosis and what this means for them and their children.
    • Create personalised outcome based Family Support Plans
    • Promote community networks for families
    • Support families to build awareness & skills needed for the future
    • Signpost families to local resources, agencies and voluntary organisations
    • Support for whole families, including siblings

For more information on Enable U Project, click here.

Fife Council provides:

  • Autism Spectrum Info and Support Team (ASIST) support teachers in an advisory capacity by aiding them to understand the implications of a diagnosis for young people with autism. They discuss strategies with the teachers so that they are able to support children with this diagnosis. School staff can request support and advice from ASIST, working with staff to give them the support they need and in doing so, providing an autism friendly environment.

Mood Café provides:

  • An online resource to help promote positive, mental health. Information is provided on the diagnosis of autism, supporting parents with additional resources.
  • Information provided covers a wide range of issues out with autism including stress, wellbeing and lifestyle, and information resources for carers. The information is targeted at all age ranges from children to adults; there is also a section for parents and carers.

National Autistic Society provides:

  • As the UK leading charity for Autism, they provide information, support, and specialist services.

NHS Fife provides:

  • Information pack for parents of newly diagnosed children
  • Clinical psychology services

One Stop Shop (Fife) provides:

  • Post diagnostic workshops provided by the NHS: Early bird, Early Bird Plus and PAPAP programmes.
  • Adult post diagnostic workshops and workshops for their loved ones “Understanding my ASD diagnosis”
  • Siblings under 16 yrs old workshops based on the “I am Special” book.
  • Signposting to local agencies for families.
  • A drop in service from point of diagnosis
  • Social work referrals.
  • One to one family support provided.
  • Children’s and YP directory of services in Fife booklet.
  • One to one support provided for individual.
  • Professional support provided.
2. Development of effective means of communicationIndividualised 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. Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Scotland provides:

  • Support and information for those with physical, communication or sensory issues. Access given to computer-based and physical communication aids.
  • Resource library containing specialist materials including books, journals, and videos

Fife Council provides: 

  • The Fife Assessment Centre for Communication through Technology (FACCT) provides a Fife-wide service to children and adults whose communication ability is limited due to a severe oral communication difficulty.  This may have resulted from conditions present from birth, such as cerebral palsy or learning disabilities, or develop later in life, from conditions such as head injury, motor neurone disease or stroke.
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.
 

 

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.
Horse Power Scotland Ltd provides:

  • An alternative to traditional therapy/counselling, Horse Power Scotland Ltd provides horse based therapy which allows young people and adults to improve their mental health.
  • They allow both young people and adults to experience positive communication, assertiveness, and responsibility, build confidence and self-esteem.

One Stop Shop (Fife) provides:

  • Working in partnership with Relationship Scotland, the OSS currently provides couples counselling to couples where one partner has ASD (funded until summer 2015; referrals are still being taken and if there is a demand this may be continued).

Options in Life provides:

  • A parent run, charity organisation which provides support and information to people who have additional needs in areas such as education, training, healthy living, and life skills development.
  • Supporting 18 to 30 year olds with autism and other disabilities in structured peer groups across Fife, the North East and Central Belt.
  • Social activities for parents and children including a summer programme of activities.
  • Access to resources online for social inclusion.

Parents Autism Workshop and Support (PAWS) provides:

  • Charity organisation which specialises in providing support to autistic children and their parents, exploring with them the potential that a dog may bring to their family.
  • Dogs for the disabled – Advice and training given to families, with a specialist section in PAWS for families with an autistic child. Training is provided to families in three one-day workshops over three months. Ongoing support is also provided after the workshops.
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
Citizen advocacy organisations in Fife:

Dimensions UK provides:

  • Autism friendly cinema screenings, shown at over 250 cinemas, working in partnership with VUE, Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase. Screenings offer low lighting, low volume with the ability of individuals to move around in the cinema.
  • Each month, participating cinemas show a different movie from a selection of new releases and classics, suitable for all age ranges.

ENABLE Scotland provides:

  • Provide befriending opportunities for individuals with autism.

Fife Action on Autism provides:

  • Children/ teen social groups.

Kindred provides:

  • Play sessions at Gambado Softplay (Edinburgh) which are specifically designed for children with autism.

Link Befriending provides:

  • befriending to adolescents and adults in East Fife.

Appaws for Autism works in four areas of society – support, education, assistance dogs and awareness.  Offers 24/7, 365 days a year support to families, one to one support and home visits.    Provides advocacy for families for educational/health/social care.  Has an autism assistance dog programme and offers ASD workshops as part of their partnership as associate trainers for The Curly Hair Project throughout Scotland.  This can be to schools, businesses, services, LAs, shops, healthcare, ASD individuals and their families.  Provides horse therapy, a petting zoo, kennels, ASD young teens and adults SVQ programmes, astro turf, games room, visiting SLT and OT specialists, 4 purpose built apartments for young adults who would like a start at independence.  3 fun clubs – at St Ninians Community Church in Abbeyview every second Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, Letham Glen Centre in Leven and Glasgow Sporty Kidz on the first Monday of each month.

6. Social isolation for family
Family/ Partner/ Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments     
Autism Rocks provides:

Aberlour Options provides:

  • Offers a range of support services through outreach and residential short breaks to families who have children and young people, up to age 18 years.

Barnardo’s provides:

  • A charity organisation who offer support to families of individuals with disabilities. They meet with the family and any other relevant person / professional to discuss the difficulties which exist, and agree on a plan of work with the family which will outline the level of support and advice, frequency of contact and types of support.

Falkland House School provides:

  • Accredited by the National Autistic Society, Falkland House School specialises in the education of boys who require additional learning support.
  • They can provide a residential facility during the school period; which can be up to 52 weeks depending on the needs of the child’s family.

Fife Council provides:

Appaws for Autism works in four areas of society – support, education, assistance dogs and awareness.  Offers 24/7, 365 days a year support to families, one to one support and home visits.    Provides advocacy for families for educational/health/social care.  Has an autism assistance dog programme and offers ASD workshops as part of their partnership as associate trainers for The Curly Hair Project throughout Scotland.  This can be to schools, businesses, services, LAs, shops, healthcare, ASD individuals and their families.  Provides horse therapy, a petting zoo, kennels, ASD young teens and adults SVQ programmes, astro turf, games room, visiting SLT and OT specialists, 4 purpose built apartments for young adults who would like a start at independence.  3 fun clubs – at St Ninians Community Church in Abbeyview every second Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, Letham Glen Centre in Leven and Glasgow Sporty Kidz on the first Monday of each month.

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
National Autistic Society provides:

  • Working with Remploy, the National Autistic Society aims to increase the number of autistic people who are entering employment.
  • They assist in developing skills that are relevant to entering into a working environment, including self-confidence and CV writing.

Scottish Autism provides:

  • Knowledge Share events – seminars based on supporting individuals with autism to acquire and develop skills for independent living.

ENABLE Scotland provides:

  • Together with many partners, works to enable young people with disabilities to develop their skills and talents, allowing a transition from school to adult life.

Fife Council provides:

  • Autism Spectrum Info and Support Team (ASIST) provides access to work experience one day per week to allow young people to gain experience in a working environment. Their ICT Team supports young people to improve their technological skills.

NHS Fife provides:

  • Psychometric testing.
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.
Autism Toolbox provides:

  • Resource provided by the Scottish Government to be used with autistic children within mainstream schools.
  • Sections of the toolbox deal with transitions and change, providing information and support during this time.

Fife Council provides:

IWORK4ME provides:

  • Supported self-employed initiative programme targeted towards people who need extra support to become self-employed.
  • Providing people with autism information and support regarding the benefits of becoming self-employed. Ongoing support through business advice and mentoring.

Skills Development Scotland provides:

  • Online questionnaire specific for young people with autism, helping them during transition and to plan their future career.
 9. Behaviour and emotional regulation protecting wellbeing
Knowledge development in understanding behaviour in the context ofASD. 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
ENABLE Scotland provides:

Mood Café provides:

  • An online resource to help promote positive, mental health. Information is provided on the diagnosis of autism, supporting parents with additional resources.
  • Information provided covers a wide range of issues out with autism including stress, wellbeing and lifestyle, and information resources for carers. The information is targeted at all age ranges from children to adults; there is also a section for parents and carers.

NHS Fife provides:

  • Nurse services
  • Occupational Therapy services
  • Written support plans
  • Children and young people disability services, including behaviour supports, anxiety and anger management

One Stop Shop (Fife) provides:

  • Application forms for the Autism Alert Card
  • Applications for Fife Council ‘in case of emergency’ card.

Talk Matters provides:

  • A confidential counselling service for people in Fife; can help with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, stress, and anger.

The Richmond Fellowship provides:

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  
National Autistic Society provides:

  • Provides family programmes offering workshops to parents based on challenging behaviours such as sleep, toileting, and sensory issues.

NHS Fife 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. 
Fife College has Additional Support Programmes in Real Environments (ASPIRE) programme which is specifically designed for those who require a group-based approach. Its specifically designed area allows a supportive environment for additional learning that can improve pathways into work and build independent living skills.
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
National Autistic Society provides:

Autism Toolbox provides:

  • Contains information on sensory issues experienced by early years, primary and secondary children.

The Falkirk Council provides:

A booklet on “Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour”

NHS Fife provides:

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 dept re practical needs
Fife College provides:

  • Lifeskills courses – supported college courses, for young adults who have additional support needs. It is designed to ease the transition from school to college.
  • Aspire and Support for Learning – Aspire course is aimed at providing school-leavers with additional support needs, an opportunity to develop personal, social and vocational skills. The course covers areas such as living skills, woodwork, painting and decorating, personal and social education, and enterprise. Other learning supports are also available.

One Stop Shop (Fife) provides:

  • a partnership with Fife Council’s supported employment service to provide social skills for employment workshops.

 

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.      
Fife Council provides:

NHS Fife provides:

  • Audiology department at Victoria Hospital

See also:

Drugs and Alcohol http://www.dapl.net/home/

Quarriers (epilepsy) http://www.quarriers.org.uk/

Sleep Scotland http://www.sleepscotland.org/ (referrals can be made directly to the OSS)

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR FIFE RESOURCES

Aberlour Options (Fife)
McNally House, 75 Wilmington Drive
Collydean
Glenrothes
KY7 6UU
Telephone: 01592 744636

Appaws for Autism
Email: appawsforautism@gmail.com

Autism Toolbox
(online resource)

Barnardo’s
West Bridge Mill
Bridge Street
KIRKCALDY
Fife, Scotland
KY1 1TE
Telephone: 01592 266775

Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Scotland
University of Edinburgh
Moray House, Paterson’s Land
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8AQ
Telephone: 01316 516235

Dimensions UK
Telephone: 0300 303 9001

ENABLE Scotland
Fife Services
5-21 Alexander House
Dysart
Fife
KY1 2XX
Telephone (Enable Direct): 0300 0200 101

Falkirk Council
Municipal Buildings
West Bridge Street
Falkirk
FK1 5RS
Telephone:01324 506070

Falkland House School
Falkland
Fife
KY15 7AE
Telephone:01337 857268

Fife College
Pittsburgh Road
Dunfermline
KY11 8DY
Telephone: 0844 248 0115

Fife Council
City Chambers
Kirkgate
Dunfermline
KY12 7ND
Telephone: 03451 550000

Horse Power Scotland
Blue Horse Stables
Radernie
Fife
KY15 5LN
Telephone: 07818 516274

IWORK4ME
c/o Autism Initiatives UK
11 Granton Square
Edinburgh
EH5 1HX
Contact via web form

Kindred
15 Cromarty Campus
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2YB
Telephone: 01315 360583

Mood Café
Contact via email

National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London, EC1V 1NG
United Kingdom
Telephone: 02078 332299

National Deaf Children’s Society
Telephone: 08088 008880

One Stop Shop (Fife)
New Volunteer House
16 East Fergus Place
Kirkcaldy
KY12 7HZ
Telephone:  01383 724200

Options in Life
Contact via web form

Parents Autism Workshop and Support (PAWS)
Contact via email
Telephone: 01295 759836

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Scottish Autism
Contact via web form
Telephone: 01259 222022

Skills Development Scotland
Find your local office here

Talk Matters
16 New Row
Dunfermline
Fife
KY12 7EF
Tel: 01383 626064

West Lothian College
Almondvale Crescent
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 7EP
Telephone: 01506 418181