The Shetland Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place at Shetland Museum, Lerwick, on 26th March 2015. 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.
Autism Network Scotland provides:

  • Connects and communicates with those interested in the field of autism. We are a signpost for autism professionals and practitioners, people with autism, their families and carers toward examples of good practice, resources and useful information.

Annesbrae House provides:

  • Mental Health Community Support Service which includes 8 supported accommodation tenancies together with a Skills Centre. There is a short break flat available and social care workers provide an outreach service from Annsbrae.

Mind Your Head provides:

  • information on mental health across the lifespan.

NHS Shetland provides:

Shetland Autism Support provides:

  • support, information, and practical help and a meeting
    place for families, carers and professionals involved with people on the Autistic Spectrum, and anyone with an interest in the Autistic Spectrum. Meetings are held once a month at the Bruce Family Centre, Lerwick.

Shetland Islands Council provides:

 

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. CEOP Command (formerly Child Exploitation & Online Protection) provides:

  • Internet safety training

NHS Shetland provides:

Safer Shetland provides:

  • Information on child protection. The Child Protection Committee (CPC) aims to make sure all aspects of child protection work are done as well as possible so that children and young people are kept safe from harm from abuse and neglect.

Shetland Islands Council provides:

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. CEOP Command (formerly Child Exploitation & Online Protection) provides:

  • Internet safety training.

Eric Gray Resource Centre provides:

Shetland College provides:

Shetland Islands Council provides:

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
Disability Shetland provides:

NHS Shetland provides:

Shetland Befriending provides:

  • one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 25 and to adults over 60 years of age. Volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input. Individuals can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.

Shetland Mental Health Forum provides:

  • support to service providers in the field of Mental Health, families, carers and partners of those people who experience mental health issues and of the wider community.
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  Disability Shetland provides:

Mareel Cinema provides:

  • autism-friendly cinema screenings

Shetland Befriending provides:

  • one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 25 and to adults over 60 years of age. Volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input. Individuals can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.
6. Social isolation for family
Family/ Partner/ Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments
Scottish Autism provides:

Bruce Family Centre provides:

  • a wide range of services, using a multi agency approach.
  • support to vulnerable children, young people and their families
  • Support the education and development of children not attending school because of ill health or who are home educated
  • Support to pre-school children who have barriers to learning, either in a group or one to one setting, dependent on the needs of the child and family
  • Support in transitions to nursery and school and works closely with families to ensure the smoothest possible journey into education.
  • children’s play centres

Clickimin Leisure Centre provides:

  • Health Suite & Hydrotherapy Pool (and much else besides)

Disability Shetland provides:

Mareel Cinema provides:

  • autism-friendly cinema screenings.

Shetland Befriending provides:

  • one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 25 and to adults over 60 years of age. Volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input. Individuals can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.

Shetland Community Healthcare Partnership provides:

  • assessments of carers’ needs
  • support and advice for individuals, carers & families
  • information and advice
  • respite care (short breaks)
  • training (stress management, benefits advice, etc)
  • specialist support for young carers
  • health visitor services
  • other services besides

Voluntary Action Shetland provides:

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
Cope Ltd provides:

  • a range of volunteer skill development placements and supported employee positions.

Eric Gray Resource Centre provides:

  • Supported living and outreach

Hjaltland Housing Association provides:

  • The Hub Project, which supports young adults coming out of care to gain the skills required to maintain a tenancy; the Independent Living Projects, which allows adults with ASN to have their own tenancies and support in the community.

Moving On Employment Project provides:

Shetland College provides:

  • A range of courses

Shetland Islands Council provides:

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
NHS Shetland provides:

Shetland Islands Council provides:

  • The Bridges Project, featuring a huge range of services to assist 15-19 year olds into employment and education.

 

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 National Autistic Society provides:

  • Autism Alert Cards can be carried by a person who has autism and used in situations where communication may be difficult. The alert card, developed in consultation with adults who have autism and parents, is designed to tell people about the condition and asks them to show respect and tolerance.

 

NHS Shetland 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
 NHS Shetland 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.
Cope Ltd provides:

  • a range of volunteer skill development placements and supported employee positions.

Erik Gray Resource Centre provides:

  • Supported living and outreach
  • Forward Directions support group

Moving On Employment Project provides:

  • support to people over the age of 16 with barriers to employment to help them to reach their full potential.  Moving On supports people throughout Shetland.

Shetland Islands Council provides:

  • The Bridges Project, featuring a huge range of services to assist 15-19 year olds into employment and education.
  • The Bridges Project also offers the Activity Agreement, an agreement between a young person and an advisor that they will take part in an individual plan of learning which will help them to prepare for further education, employment or training and secure a positive destination in life.
  • The Bridges Project also includes the ASDAN Awards Scheme.  These  nationally recognised awards are  designed  to help  individuals  work at their own pace to develop relevant skills  which  may assist  them. The awards  include modules in  communication, everyday living  skills,  citizenship,  self­-awareness,  community  participation,  art and design, and also  sports and leisure.
  • The Adult Learning Service
  • Employability and Workplace Learning Service.
  • Community Planning Partnership for the Shetland Islands.

Shetland Link Up provides:

The Shetland Community Bike Project.

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 Erik Gray Resource Centre provides:

  • access to the ASDAN Awards Scheme, including modules in  communication, everyday living  skills,  citizenship,  self­awareness,  community  participation,  art and design, and also  sports and leisure.

NHS Shetland provides:

Shetland Islands Council provides:

Vision Shetland provides:

  • information and support to people in Shetland affected by low vision
  • awareness of Vision impairment issues in Shetland
  • low vision and daily living aids and accessible information
  • support to the professional vision services in Shetland
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 Annesbrae House provides:

  • Mental Health Community Support Service which includes 8 supported accommodation tenancies together with a Skills Centre. There is a short break flat available and social care workers provide an outreach service from Annsbrae.

Eric Gray Resource Centre provides:

  • access to the ASDAN Awards Scheme, including modules in  communication, everyday living skills, citizenship, self­-awareness,  community  participation,  art and design, and also  sports and leisure.

Hjaltland Housing Association provides:

  • The Hub Project, which supports young adults coming out of care to gain the skills required to maintain a tenancy.

NHS Shetland provides:

Shetland Islands Council provides:

  • The Bridges Project, featuring a huge range of services to assist 15-19 year olds into employment and education.
  • The Bridges Project also offers the Activity Agreement, an agreement between a young person and an advisor that they will take part in an individual plan of learning which will help them to prepare for further education, employment or training and secure a positive destination in life.
  • The Bridges Project also includes the ASDAN Awards Scheme.  These  nationally recognised awards are  designed  to help  individuals  work at their own pace to develop relevant skills  which  may assist  them. The awards  include modules in  communication, everyday living  skills,  citizenship,  self­-awareness,  community  participation,  art and design, and also  sports and leisure.
  • Focused Futures.
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 etcThese require assessment and treatment/management by appropriate specialist clinician. Joint working is crucial across specialities with a clear case co-ordinating lead identified. Annesbrae House provides:

  • Mental Health Community Support Service which includes 8 supported accommodation tenancies together with a Skills Centre. There is a short break flat available and social care workers provide an outreach service from Annsbrae.

Community Alcohol & Drugs Services Shetland.

Disability Shetland provides:

  • Support throughout the lifespan

NHS Shetland provides:

Shetland Islands Council provides:

CONTACT DETAILS FOR SHETLAND RESOURCES

Annesbrae House
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0BP
Telephone: 01595 744345

CEOP Command
Online contact form.
Telephone: +44 (0)870 000 3344

Community Alcohol & Drugs Services Shetland
44 Commercial St
Lerwick
Shetland ZE1 0AB
Telephone: 01595 695363

Cope Ltd
Port Business Park
Gremista
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0TW
Telephone: +44 (0) 1595 696889

Disability Shetland
Market House
14 Market Street
Shetland
ZE1 0JP
Telephone: 01595 743 752

Erik Gray Resource Centre
Kantersted Road
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0RJ
Telephone:  (01595) 745560

Hjaltland Housing Association
2 Harbour Street,
Lerwick,
Shetland
ZE1 0LR
Tel: (01595) 694986 – Fax: (01595) 692229

Mareel Cinema
Mareel,
Lerwick,
Shetland,
ZE1 0WQ
Tel: 01595 745500
Box Office: 01595 745555

Mind Your Head
Market House,
14 Market Street
Lerwick,
Shetland ZE1 0JP
Tel: 01595 745035

Moving On Employment Project
Market House
14 Market Street
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0JP
Tel: 01595 743926

NHS Shetland
Upper Floor Montfield
Burgh Road
Lerwick
ZE1 0LA
Telephone: (01595) 743060
Fax: (01595) 695326

Safer Shetland
Contact details.

Scottish Autism

Shetland Autism Support
Bruce Family Centre
Lover’s Loan
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0BA
Tel: 01595 745408

Shetland Befriending
Market House
14 Market Street
Lerwick, Shetland
ZE1 0JP
Fax: 01595 696787

Shetland College
Gremista,
Lerwick,
Shetland,
ZE1 0PX
Tel: +44 (0)1595 771000

Shetland Community Bike Project
The Cellar,
Petersons Kloss (next to Osla’s),
Commercial Street,
Lerwick
ZE1 0EX
Tel: 01595 690077

Shetland Islands Council
8 North Ness Business Park
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0LZ UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1595 693535
Fax: +44 (0) 1595 744509

Shetland Mental Health Forum
Tel: 01595 693313

Vision Shetland
Market St,
Lerwick,
Shetland,
ZE1 0JN
Telephone: 01595 743900

Voluntary Action Shetland
Market House
14 Market Street
Lerwick, Shetland
ZE1 0JP
Telephone: 01595 743900
Fax: 01595 696787