Adults and children over five in Durham and areas of Northumberland with an autism diagnosis can benefit from our flexible, inclusive outreach service. Our tailored plans mean that support is based around what each person wants to achieve, and can be based where they live or out in the community.
We are here to help every person to grow in confidence, and to facilitate building links with the local community, always supporting independence in every aspect of life along the way. Perhaps a child wants support to participate in a local football team, or an adult would like to access local healthcare and leisure facilities and cook healthily at home – our aim is to provide the most appropriate and timely assistance to facilitate each person's ambitions and to make sure they are living the life they intend to lead.
Individual plans include support with:
- goal setting
- general issues relating to autism or Asperger syndrome
strategies to keep safe
maintaining relationships with family and friends
participating in the community, including shopping, attending college or university, using healthcare, leisure facilities and public transport
independent living skills and household management skills such as planning and budgeting
developing social skills using our specialist autism skills resource pack, Socialeyes
moving from home to independent living
Our expertise and experience enable us to communicate effectively with people on the autism spectrum so that they can express what they want and need.
We work closely with each person to create their own individual support plan and put it into practice. We see it as vital that they are at the centre of our planning process so that they have every opportunity to develop and thrive. We also make sure that family, carers, friends and staff are fully involved in the process.
We sit down with each person and discuss what they need, want and aspire to. Then together we create a package to suit them. Plans may be long term or short term depending on what people need.
People on the autism spectrum often need help with structure and communication so we use specialist tested frameworks such as SPELL and TEACCH to provide this.
Our staff have a range of specialisms and knowledge, so we can offer the right support to each person with autism and help them to fulfil their needs and wishes. All of our staff complete enhanced DBS checks and receive autism-specific training, which they build upon throughout their career.
How to access our support
You can pay for our one-to-one support in a number of ways. For more information, visit our benefits and care page