Are team of Peer Support Practitioners being highly skilled team of individuals that are either autistic or expert family member of an autistic person.
They can provide informal support and advice, providing a safe space to listen and provide ideas and practical approaches based on their experience. The team can also support parents or individuals at meetings with services and application forms such as EHCP applications or benefits such as PIP or DLA.
Our team are also able to provide support to carers in developing their resilience and approach to supporting their loved one. We fully understand how hard it can be to manage interactions with services and advocating for your loved one to get the support they need, and the endless list of tasks and forms that can come with this. We are here to help where we can.
Speech and Language Therapist
Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) provides life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking, or swallowing.
Our SLTs assess and treat speech, language, and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate better through a social communication training. This can help improve anxiety and difficulties with emotional regulation, alongside building skills to help with making and managing friendships and relationships.
We do this through a process of assessment to develop a personalised treatment plan and will work holistically with the individual and their support network. We also work closely with educational, social and health providers to ensure a joined-up approach to care and support.
Occupational Therapist (OT) can help people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT’s can help them regain independence in all areas of people lives in the anticipation to improve people’s quality of life They can also. help with barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs.
Our team can help with.
Providing an overview of your sensory preferences/ sensitives and make suggestion for adaptions or approaches to support using your sensory system to help regulate your emotions and improve access to settings.
Our OTs are trained in the use of AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills) which can support developing understanding of an adults daily living skills and inform an independence support plan.
They can support programmes around learning how to manage anger and develop mindfulness skills.
We understand that the prevalence of dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia is higher if you are also autistic. Our OT’s can support with developing a plan to better understand these needs, and support with developing the person skills and confidence.
Nurses can train within four different branches: Learning Disability, Mental Health, Adult and Children. Each branch of nursing brings its own specialist skills and approaches to care. Our team are registered learning disability or mental health nurses, who take a holistic approach to care. They can coordinate people support network, to ensure a joined-up approach is taken.
Our nursing team are highly skilled, in supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental and physical health needs, and ensure healthcare is adapted to ensure their needs are met.
Research has shown the autistic people are likely to experience the same barriers to healthcare as people with a learning disability, such as diagnostic overshadowing (when professionals may say your symptoms are attributed to another need or ‘because you are autistic’) misdiagnosis or needs not being met due to environmental barriers.
They can work with people of all ages that might need support with recognising and understanding their emotions, developing strategies and approach to reduce the likelihood of autistic burnout or meltdowns.
*Unless the person has already been assessed by a professional and you are able to share with us a report with identified needs within the last 12 months, we will need to complete an initial assessment to get to better understand your current needs. This can last around 1 hour and typically takes place online. We will discuss with you what we think will help and develop a plan with you. There is no obligation to go ahead with us, but we will provide you will a write up of what we have discussed and plan we are recommending.