The Stirling Menu of Interventions Roadshow Event took place in Stirling on 19 August 2014 at the Mayfield Centre. 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.
National Autistic Society provides:

Autism Forth Valley provides:

  • Help and advice for anyone with autism

Stirling 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.
National Autistic Society provides:

NHS Forth Valley 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.
Common Knowledge and CK Friends provides:

  • A safe online community

Emotion Works provides:

  • Training and resources on practical and inclusive approach to emotional education is relevant for children of all ages and stages of development.

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service provides:

  • Rebound therapy to individuals living with a wide range of additional support needs and autism spectrum disorder.  Main outcomes to work towards are: social, sensory and physical outcomes/benefits.
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
National Autistic Society provides:

  • Information on talking to your child about puberty, sex and relationships.

Dates-n-Mates provides:

  • Dates-n-Mates is Scotland’s national dating and friendship agency run by and for adults with learning difficulties.

Education in Scotland provides:

  • Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education for all children in nursery, primary and secondary schools as part of the Curriculum For Excellence Health and Wellbeing outcomes and experiences
  • Contact your own school and/or the Health and Wellbeing Education Officer for your area

LGBT Health and Wellbeing (Edinburgh) provides:

  • A social group for people with a learning disability/difficulty and who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

Match4Me provides:

  • A dating service in Forth Valley for adults (over 18) with a learning disability. Funded by Enable and Stirling Council.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

REACH for Autism (Greenock) provides:

  • Reach for Autism works to break down the barriers surrounding autism to help people like reach their full potential. They provide support, services & opportunities for children, adults and families living with autism.

Respect Me provides:

  • Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service provides web-based resources
  • Annual conference offers practitioners the opportunity to attend three practical workshops, delivered by a range of partners around the theme of bullying.

The National Care Standards for Scotland provides:

  • Uphold standards for Privacy in residential homes, including recognition of ‘ intimate relationships, sexuality, sexual needs and preferences’ of residents.

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service provides:

  • Rebound therapy to individuals living with a wide range of additional support needs and autism spectrum disorder.  Main outcomes to work towards are: social, sensory and physical outcomes/benefits.

 

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
Autism Inverclyde provides:

  • A parents support group, but anyone with an interest in Autism or Aspergers is welcome to attend the group’s meetings. Inverclyde Autistic Support Group runs a “Saturday Club” and a Holiday Playscheme.

Quarriers provides:

REACH for Autism (Greenock) provides:

  • Reach for Autism works to break down the barriers surrounding autism to help people like reach their full potential. They provide support, services & opportunities for children, adults and families living with autism.
6. Social isolation for family
Family/ Partner/ Carer support, opportunity for respite. Access to autism friendly environments
Autism Inverclyde provides:

  • A parents support group, but anyone with an interest in Autism or Aspergers is welcome to attend the group’s meetings. Inverclyde Autistic Support Group runs a “Saturday Club” and a Holiday Playscheme.

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.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

PLUS provides:

  • PLUS supports children and young people with disabilities to have access to social, leisure and recreational opportunities and activities across Forth Valley.

Quarriers provides:

Stirling Council 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
Autism Toolbox provides:

  • 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.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

Stirling Council provides:

 

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service provides:

  • Rebound therapy to individuals living with a wide range of additional support needs and autism spectrum disorder.  Main outcomes to work towards are: social, sensory and physical outcomes/benefits.

 

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
Scottish Autism provides:

  • The largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice, they exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.

ENABLE Scotland provides:

  • ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic charity run by its members. They work for a better life for children and adults who have learning disabilities. They support people who have learning disabilities and their families to live, work and take part in their communities.

Enquire provides:

  • The Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, Enquire has lots of practical advice and information about the education and additional support needs system in Scotland. Enquire will explain how the system may relate to your situation and advise you on possible ways forward.

Let’s talk ASN (Glasgow) provides:

  • Let’s Talk ASN is a FREE service for the parents of children with additional support needs who may require support in relation to a dispute or potential dispute with an education authority.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

PLUS provides:

  • PLUS supports children and young people with disabilities to have access to social, leisure and recreational opportunities and activities across Forth Valley.

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.
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
National Autistic Society provides:

  • A variety of resources and services, including a Stirling Social Group
  • Comic strip conversations
  • Social stories
  • Autism Alert card

Autism Toolbox provides:

  • 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.

Emotion Works provides:

  • Training and resources on practical and inclusive approach to emotional education is relevant for children of all ages and stages of development.

Mellow Parenting provides:

  • Mellow Parenting is a family of programmes developed to support parents and their children in making good relationships.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

Seasons for Growth provides:

  • Seasons for Growth is a programme for children, young people or adults who have experienced significant change or loss.

Stepping Stones (Clydebank) provides:

  • Offers supports to people who have issues with their mental health and well being

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service provides:

  • Rebound therapy to individuals living with a wide range of additional support needs and autism spectrum disorder.  Main outcomes to work towards are: social, sensory and physical outcomes/benefits.
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 Forth Valley 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.
Autism Toolbox provides:

  • 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.

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.
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
Caudwell Children provides:

  • Family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.

Forth Valley Sensory Centre provides:

  • Support on coping with sensory loss and how to manage on a daily basis. Advice and information is available on a range of services and equipment from the centre and from other organisations.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

The Lord’s Taverners provides:

  • The Lord’s Taverners is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of specially-adapted minibuses, sports wheelchairs, sensory & soft play and outdoor play equipment, enabling young people with disabilities to enjoy sporting and recreational activities.

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service provides:

  • Rebound therapy to individuals living with a wide range of additional support needs and autism spectrum disorder.  Main outcomes to work towards are: social, sensory and physical outcomes/benefits.
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
Scottish Autism provides:

  • Asperger’s group

Asset (Falkirk) provides:

  • Run by Falkirk Council, Asset employs people with learning disabilities. The Tamfourhill Industrial Estate location houses a workplace training area with three stations providing services and goods to the public.

NHS Forth Valley provides:

PLUS provides:

  • PLUS supports children and young people with disabilities to have access to social, leisure and recreational opportunities and activities across Forth Valley.

The Richmond Fellowship provides:

  • The Richmond Fellowship Scotland supports over 200 individuals across Scotland with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Range of services offered by their Positive Behaviour Support Teams well as specialised training and mentoring for staff teams, such as Person-specific Autism Spectrum Disorder training.
 14. Co existing conditions- examplesepilepsy, 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. NHS Forth Valley provides:

Mindroom provides:

  • Direct help and support for people with learning disabilities, high-profile conferences and collaborative multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres

Stirling Council provides:

  • Streets Ahead at Riverbank Resource Centre Streets Ahead programme – provides support for adults who have a Learning Disability.

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service provides:

  • Rebound therapy to individuals living with a wide range of additional support needs and autism spectrum disorder.  Main outcomes to work towards are: social, sensory and physical outcomes/benefits.

CONTACT DETAILS FOR STIRLING RESOURCES

Asset (Falkirk)
Contact Disability Information Service by telephone: 01324 506000
Tamfourhill Ave
Falkirk
Scotland
FK1 4RT
Telephone (store): 01324 501622

Autism Forth Valley
contact via email
contact via Facebook

Autism Inverclyde
contact via email

Telephone: 01475 745552

Autism Resource Centre (Glasgow)
17 Gullane Street
Partick
Glasgow G11 6AH
Telephone: 0141 276 5252

Autism Toolbox
(web resource)

Caudwell Children
Minton Hollins
Shelton Old Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 7RY
Telephone: 0845 300 1348

Dates-n-Mates
C/O C-Change
Melisa House
Brand Place
Glasgow
G51 1DR
Telephone: 0141 427 2957

Dimensions UK
Telephone: 0300 303 9001

Emotion Works
contact via email

ENABLE Scotland
INSPIRE House
3 Renshaw Place
Eurocentral
N Lanarkshire
ML1 4UF
Telephone: 01698 737 000

Enquire
Children in Scotland
Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh
EH12 5EZ
Telephone: 0845 123 2303

Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service
Unit 115
Step – Stirling Enterprise Park
Stirling
FK77 7RP
Telephone:  07415323683

Forth Valley Sensory Centre
Redbrae Road
Camelon
Falkirk FK1 4DD
Telephone: 01324 590 888

Let’s talk ASN
c/o Govan Law Centre
18-20 Orkney Street
Glasgow
G51 2BZ
Telephone: 0141 445 1955

Match4Me
contact by email
Telephone: 01786 476750 or 07889 456495

Mellow Parenting
Unit 4
Six Harmony Row
Glasgow G51 3BA
Telephone: 0141 445 6120

Mindroom
Norton Park
57 Albion Road
Edinburgh
EH7 5QY
Telephone: 0131 475 2330

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

NHS Forth Valley
Telephone: 01324 566 249

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
contact via web form

PLUS
Broadleys Road
Springkerse Industrial Estate
Stirling
FK7 7ST
Telephone: 01786 450086

Quarriers
Quarriers Head Office
Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX
Telephone: 01505 612224

REACH for Autism (Greenock)
contact via email

Respect Me
Brunswick House
51 Wilson Street
Glasgow
G1 1UZ
Telephone: 0844 800 8600

The Lord’s Taverners
90 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1EU
Telephone: 020 7025 0000

The Richmond Fellowship
contact via web form

Scottish Autism
Central Scotland Area Services
Hilton House
Alloa Business Park
Whins Road
Alloa
FK10 3SA
Telephone: 0845 300 9271

Seasons for Growth
contact David via email

Skills Development Scotland
66 Upper Craigs
Stirling
FK8 2DS
Telephone: 0800 917 8000

Stepping Stones
Whitecrook Business Centre
78 Whitecrook Street
Clydebank
G81 1QF
Telephone: 0141 941 2929

Stirling Council
Contact via web form

Strathclyde Autistic Society
Contact Graham Anderson on 0141 227 3920

Yorkhill (Glasgow)
Fifth Floor QMH
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Glasgow
G3 8SJ
Telephone: 0141 201 6917