The North Lanarkshire Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place on 18 February 2016 at the HOPE for Autism main office.

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.

 

 

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 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. Early Learning and Communications Transitions Team (ELCaT) based in St Stephens Primary School in Coatbridge – Early Bird (Pre-fives), Early Bird Plus (Primary). Provides pre and post diagnostic support for families, carers and education practitioners. Provide peripatetic support in a variety of ways to children and young people, families and professionals throughout North Lanarkshire. The team support children and young people with Language and Communication difficulties in their mainstream establishment, with a particular emphasis on points of transition between Nursery stage and Primary, and Primary and Secondary.


Post 16 (School) Service. This operates through Social Work and includes Locality Support Service (Disabilities).


Right Click  provides:  autism specific online support.


REACH have activities that take place in Bellshill in North Lanarkshire. Otherwise, all activities appear to be based in South Lanarkshire.


EducationLSCS pupils work with SLT to undertake ‘Understanding my Communication Difficulty’. This is also available to parents and professionals.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) provides:

  • Activity groups for young people, between the ages of 2-25 years old
  • Support to local families and carers affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pre-diagnosis group
  • Parent drop in centre

North Lanarkshire Council provides:

  • Direct support, specific specialists in learning disability team trained in early years autism via social work
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. Education:  Sexuality workshops take place in schools (LCSC) in addition to Social Skills Workshops.


Early Learning and Communications Transitions Team (ELCaT) – provide training, advice and strategies. ELCat collaborate with other agencies and take part in joint planning. Develop appropriate play activities with staff and parents. Contribute to staff development and school capacity building in L&C. Audit existing resources and facilities. Develop support programmes for individual children based on their assessed needs. Advise on the provision of an appropriate learning environment.


North Lanarkshire Council –  SAM Group  – Where a pupil is experiencing sustained difficulties in understanding or in accessing learning and it is considered that there is a role for assistive technology in amelioration of these, then referrals can be made to the SAM Group.

 


North Lanarkshire Council –  Inclusive Childcare Toolkit

NLC worked with Capability Scotland to devise this toolkit that provides information and advice, contacts, ideas and suggestions for activities for supporting children who have additional support needs and includes children affected by ASD. It explains how to treat each child fairly, and how to make your care inclusive. The contents page lists everything in the toolkit.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) provides: Training for parents regarding internet safety in the home.


NHS Lanarkshire provides: SALT (Speech & Language Therapy) across North and South Lanarkshire. Provides skill training to improve a child’s language skills, leading to improvement in their ability to interact with others socially.

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.  Early Learning and Communications Transitions Team (ELCaT)as  previously.


Education:  Promote ‘Social Communication’ through LEGO groups/therapy, Time to Talk, Friendship Terrace, music, and Social Use of Language Programme (SULP).

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 Play and Learning Support (PALS) – A registered charity based in Airdrie and operated by parents, PALS provides and improves access for play, learning and social interaction for children with additional support needs in North Lanarkshire. They provide facilities and activities for recreational, educational and leisure time.


Home Support Services – These are services that are provided in your home.  They include personal care, housing support and domestic support.  The services may not always be provided by North Lanarkshire Council.


Housing Support Services – offer a range of support and services to enable individuals to live in their own homes.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) provides:

  • Programme provided to young adults (17 years and over), supporting them to meet in the community

NHS Lanarkshire  provides:

  • SpeakEasy – a training programme for parents and carers of autistic children and young adults, helping them talk to their child and young person about sexual health, keeping safe and relationships

REACH Lanarkshire Autism provides:

  • Autism support group for individuals (3 to 21 years old) in Lanarkshire. Formed close links with other organisations and groups throughout the Lanarkshire area
  • Social activity group allowing individuals to interact in various activities
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.  Lanarkshire Carers Trust  Situated within the Princess Royal Trust Carer’s Centre.

  • Aims to provide a valuable resource to carers, carers support groups and organisations throughout Lanarkshire, such as, Information/
  • communication, providing a break, emotional support, giving carers a voice, raising awareness of carers and their issues.

SENSE Scotland – Sense Scotland will work with you to provide you with the support you need. Whether it’s for a few hours a day, or to meet up with your friends in the evening, take on a new challenge or to live in your own home, we offer support throughout Scotland for you to live an active and independent life.


Partners in Play  is an independent charity, established in 1996 which offers direct support and information to families of children / young people with disabilities. Based in Wishaw, they operate throughout North Lanarkshire.

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Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) – Engage with a wide range of stakeholders including the people who commission and provide services for people with learning disabilities, those who act as advocates or are working in research, as well as people with learning disabilities and carers. Share innovation and good practice – so that those providing services and interventions can learn from each other. Build an evidence base, sharing how policy is being implemented and  building an understanding of what really works.


National Autistic Society (NAS)  – e-mentoring scheme


Social Work DepartmentTransition Team


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) provides:

  • Support for children to access other social activity groups
  • Supporting individuals with access to sports programmes including swimming
6. Social Isolation for Family Family/Partner/Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments  EarlyBird EarlyBird (under five years) and EarlyBird Plus(ages four-eight) are support programmes for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for dealing with young autistic children.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire)– Supports families, children and young adults affected by ASD through group activities, one to one support and advocacy, social events and outings, social and communication development and training awareness.


Autism Friendly Cinemas – Work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host Autism Friendly Screenings at over 250 cinemas nationwide. On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. Adjustments at the cinema reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming place for people with autism to enjoy films with their families, friends or carers.


Positive Help Engaging Ways (PHEW) – Based in Motherwell, PHEW provides short breaks in a hotel environment for children and adults who experience severe to profound learning difficulties. A charitable, not for profit organisation.  Each guest who stays in the Centre will have an individual record that includes choices and preferences of how the guests would like their needs catered for, including dietary requirements, cultural and religious needs and social likes and dislikes.


Speech and Language Therapy Team – (CSALT) NHS LSCS – Parent workshops.


Carers Trust provides:

  • A Carers Network/Carers Support available throughout South and North Lanarkshire. These services provide support and information services to unpaid carers through various meetings and training
  • Bi-lingual carer support via North and South Lanarkshire International Women’s Support Group

HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) provides:

  • Support groups for siblings of individuals with autism, opportunities for social activities
  • Support groups for parents, providing a drop in centre and support prior to pre-diagnosis
  • Fundraising social events for all, which are attended by individuals and families

Little Stars (North Lanarkshire) provides:

  • Support for parents, grandparents, and other family members who look after children with additional support needs – Tel:  01698 355 511
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. Sleep Scotland – Sleep counselling is for parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) – work with young adults to develop skills for learning life and work.

  • Work with children and young people to improve and develop social skills within a group setting and with individuals. Personal learning support plans are developed and shared with education.
  • Transition planning takes place in partnership with schools and nurseries

Early Bird – Early Bird Plus – EarlyBird Plus is for parents whose child has received a later diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and is aged over four and under nine.


 

New College Lanarkshire – www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk


Scottish Autism provides:

  • In service training for children’s SVS
  • Education allocated to each school
  • Assessment for learning skills
  • Psychological educational profiles including PEP-A and PEOP-V
  • Play skills

T-TAP assessment for young adults with autism particularly those with transitional needs. This allows educators, parents and carers to assist individuals with autism to prepare for a semi-independent lifestyle


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) provides:

  • Individuals with access to multi-agency training
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. Social Work Transition Team – would need referral.This is a link to a North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development document that discusses services and community facilities.


Carers Trust – situated within the Princess Royal Trust Carer’s Centre.

Aims to provide a valuable resource to carers, carers support groups and organisations throughout Lanarkshire. Such as, Information/communication, providing a break, emotional support, giving carers a voice, raising awareness of carers and their issues. 


Speech and Language Therapy

Education provides: A key role in coordinated support plan assessment.

Into work support, provided in the final year of school – preparation for work and interaction with employers. Opportunities are provided also through befriending programme.


ENABLE (North Lanarkshire) provides:

Access for individuals to key social and life activities throughout North Lanarkshire

Employment services, supporting service users into a working environment that matches their current skills. It also allows individuals to gain support in areas that they wish to improve on such as computers skills

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 CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Appropriate referrals – provides a specialist service aimed at children from 0-16 years and their families, who experience significant behavioural and mental difficulties.


Individual support/behaviour programmes through groups such as HOPE and REACH


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy –   Available through Sleep Scotland


ABC Programme Applied Behaviour Analysis – Working within the parameters of applied behaviour analysis, ABC’s evaluation includes an assessment of the child’s current skill levels guided by standardised developmental milestones including play and social repertoires. 


 

 

ELCAT Team – As before, Inclusion Team – SLT – OT- Educational Psychology – CAMHS – can all provide ‘Predicting and Managing Change’ support Social Work Transition Team – would need referral.

This is a link to a North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development document that discusses services and community facilities.

 


 

Lanarkshire Carers Trust situated within the Princess Royal Trust Carer’s Centre.

Aims to provide a valuable resource to carers, carers support groups and organisations throughout Lanarkshire. Such as, Information/ communication, providing a break, emotional support, giving carers a voice, raising awareness of carers and their issues.


Speech and Language Therapy –Education provides:

Risk assessment for individuals, allowing educators/social work to consider chance of successful transition of individual.

Training for teachers and access in Autism Toolbox. This is a resource to support the inclusion of children with autism in mainstream schools throughout Scotland.


NHS Lanarkshire provides:

CAMHS provides a specialist service aimed at children from 0-16 years and their families, who experience significant behavioural and mental difficulties. Similar to the One Stop Shop they provide a supported service which aims to work with the needs of an individual and their families.


Social Work provides:

Individuals are assisted by community social work to ensure that they have a successful transition.

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 CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Appropriate referrals – provides a specialist service aimed at children from 0-16 years and their families, who experience significant behavioural and mental difficulties.


Partners In PlayPartners in Play  is an independent charity, established in 1996 which offers direct support and information to families of children / young people with disabilities. Based in Wishaw, they operate throughout North Lanarkshire.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) – groups and individual support


REACH – Parental 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. Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) – SDS is the Scottish governing and co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability.  Develops opportunities and improves performance in disability sport for children, athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability in Scotland and contributing to UK and international initiatives.


Social Work Support Service


ENABLE (North Lanarkshire) provides:

Access for individuals to key social and life activities throughout North Lanarkshire


 ENABLE – Employment Services Supporting service users into a working environment that matches their current skills. It also allows individuals to gain support in areas that they wish to improve on such as computers 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 SENSE Scotland – Sense Scotland will work with you to provide you with the support you need. Whether it’s for a few hours a day, or to meet up with your friends in the evening, take on a new challenge or to live in your own home, we offer support throughout Scotland for you to live an active and independent life.


Hope for Autism – provide training and support for education, Social Work and other professional practitioners and families.


Social Work – Department have a Sensory Rehabilitation Officer – needs referral.


 

Occupational Therapy – Requires referral. Occupational therapists provide support by enabling individuals to find alternative ways to do those activities that are important to them.


CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Appropriate referrals


Partners In Play Partners in Play  is an independent charity, established in 1996 which offers direct support and information to families of children / young people with disabilities. Based in Wishaw, they operate throughout North Lanarkshire.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire) – groups and individual support. Also provides sensory training for parents to support individuals with autism.

REACH – Parental support

 

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 Sleep Scotland – Sleep counselling is for parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs.


Social Work – requires referral.


ENABLE – Access for individuals to key social and life activities throughout North Lanarkshire.


HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire)– Supports families, children and young adults affected by ASD through group activities, one to one support and advocacy, social events and outings, social and communication development and training awareness.


Scottish Autism – provides:

  • In service training for children’s SVS
  • Education allocated to each school
  • Assessment for learning skills
  • Psychological educational profiles including PEP-A and PEOP-V
  • Play skills

Occupational Health – NHS – Assistive Technology ‘Making Life easier’

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. Sleep Scotland – Sleep counselling is for parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs.


 

Adult Mental Health Team – Referral required Occupational Therapy


NHS Lanarkshire provides:

CAMHS  –  a specialist service aimed at children from 0-16 years and their families, who experience significant behavioural and mental difficulties.

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR LANARKSHIRE RESOURCES

Carers Trust

46 Campbell Street

Hamilton ML3 6AS

Telephone: 01698 428090

 

ENABLE (North Lanarkshire)

INSPIRE House

3 Renshaw Place

North Lanarkshire ML1 4UF

Telephone: 01698 737 000

 

HOPE for Autism (North Lanarkshire)

The HOPE Centre

145 Chapel Street

Airdrie ML6 6LH

Telephone: 01236 779191

 

ELCat/Early Bird – St Stephen’s Primary School, Coatbridge

Telephone: 01236 428080

 

Little Stars (North Lanarkshire)

Telephone: 01698 355 511

 

NHS Lanarkshire CAMHS – visit the web site to select the office closest to you

 

SALT (Speech & Language Therapy) 

Advice Line – Telephone: 01236 794102 on any Thursday afternoon between 2pm and 4 pm

 

North Lanarkshire Council

52-60 Merry Street

Motherwell ML1 1LZ

Telephone: 01698 403200

 

REACH Lanarkshire Autism

Contact via web form

 

Scottish Autism

Hilton House

Alloa Business Park

Whins Road

Alloa FK10 3SA

Telephone: 01259 720044

 

SENSE Scotland

Telephone: 0300 3309292

 

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)

Telephone: 0141 248 3733

 

National Autistic Society (NAS)

Telephone: 01877 389384

www.autism.org.uk