ASD Support Service
ASD Support Service – UPDATE 4th June 2020
ASD Support Service – Online Cygnet Course
Barnardos have made Cygnet materials available for online delivery. The ASD Support Service has trialled these materials with 2 groups of parents and is now offering the programme to interested parents/carers.
- It is designed for parents and carers of children and young people aged between 5 and 16 who have a diagnosis of ASD.
- There are 6 weekly sessions which will be made available to you via a hyperlink and a password.
- We will email you the link each week ….all you need is to click to open it using the password we will give you.
- The materials are in the form of a power point presentation. The video clips are links to You Tube.
- The password will be time limited by Bardardos and we will let you know the deadline for accessing the materials.
- A member of the ASD Support Service team will make contact with you each week (by phone or email) to check if you have any questions and to discuss any points.
We are planning to run online Cygnet training in the future as we realise that it suits some parents and carers. However when safe and possible to do so we will resume running group face to face sessions as these offer more benefits including peer support.
Please complete and return the attached form.
- You will need access to a laptop or PC that can run power point (part of Microsoft Office, like Word etc.) and internet access.
- Please indicate how you would like to be contacted each week by a member of the ASD Support Service.
Once we have received this we will email you with the first link and the password.
Materials will be available as follows:
Week 1 – week beginning June 8th
Week 2 – week beginning June 15th
Week 3 – week beginning June 22nd
Week 4 – week beginning June 29th
Week 5 – week beginning July 6th
Week 6 – week beginning July 13th
UPDATE May 5th 2020
The team continues to offer support and guidance to parents/carers and professionals through phone, video calls and emails. Unfortunately we are not able to offer home visits or setting observations at the current time.
Please contact us in one of the following ways:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: leave a message on 01761 412198 Ext 2
Please allow a few days for the information to get to a team member who will then contact you.
Professionals: It is important that we have as much information as possible so completing and attaching a request for input form is very helpful (available here http://www.fossewayschool.co.uk/professional/asd-support/ you need to scroll down to very near bottom of the page). Crucially this includes confirmation that parents are aware of referral.
We have posted resources on both the Fosse Way website and 1Big Database.
TRANSITION support: from Early Years settings to primary schools, or from primary to secondary schools, or from secondary schools to college.
We are preparing a menu of resources and activities to support transition. If you have children or young people with a diagnosis of ASD and would like this information please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘transition’ in the subject line. We need to know name(s) of CYP, current setting/school and planned new placement. If we are not directly involved before the summer we will become involved as soon as possible and can now say that we will also follow up in the autumn.
TRAINING for professionals: We plan to be offering limited online training soon which will include some AET modules. This will be free to B&NES early years settings, schools and academies. Details will be published on the teaching school website www.tbmpts.com .
SUPPORT for parents/carers: As well as phone/video call/email support we will be offering Cygnet as an online course. The 2 groups that had started before the lockdown will be contacted and offered the remainder of the course online followed by a 1:1 telephone call. They will be contacted directly.
Parents/carers who would like to access the online Cygnet programme should email email@example.com and put ‘Cygnet ‘ in the subject line. We anticipate starting this offer towards the end of May and phone call support will form part of package.
If you have any queries or questions please do contact us and we will do our best to get in touch within a few days.
Hoping everyone is managing well in these challenging times and most importantly staying safe.
Links and resources from ASD Support Service for use during Corona virus times:
We have put together this set of resources and links which specifically focus on needs of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Our top tips are:
- Use a schedule or planner and identify one key activity per day (although there will be more) which will help with passage of time. Structure the day with regular times for meal and routine activities.
- Use Social Stories (Carol Gray)
- Use visual information: writing, pictures, Comic Strip Conversations, photos to communicate most effectively and especially about feelings or difficult topics.
National Autistic Society: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx
For parents and carers:
- https://teacch.com/resources/teacch-tips/ A whole series of pages offering a range of practical strategies
- A link to a calming a-z for under 11’s that can be personalised: https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/A-TO-Z-OF-CALMING-TECHNIQUES.pdf
- https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/ A great website, lots of webinars regarding the current situation and how to deal with it! And interesting advice strategies etc.
- Facebook pages: Autism Speaks, Autism Angels UK, Autism Parenting Magazine,
Videos for children and young people:
Social Stories from Carol Gray (with no copyright issues) or gathered from elsewhere:
Remember that ideally these should be personalised.
The ASD Support Service is commissioned by the local authority from Fosse Way School.
- To provide a service that forms part of the spectrum of support for children and young people with ASD in the local authority
- To provide support to settings and schools in B&NES to meet the needs of pupils with ASD within mainstream, inclusive settings
- To respond positively to requests for training, assessment, and advice or focussed support
- To facilitate support groups for professionals in mainstream schools, parents and carers of pupils with ASD in mainstream schools, and pupils themselves
- To work with other agencies and voluntary groups for the benefit of pupils with ASD in mainstream settings and schools
- To support transition for children and young people from pre-school to school and from primary to secondary school
The service is focused on
- supporting schools and settings to better meet the needs of children and young people with ASD through a variety of strategies including training, modelling and direct work
- supporting the local authority by providing specialist advice and input
- supporting parents and carers to maintain access to schools and settings for children and young people with ASD. This includes training for parents: details at fossewayschool.com
- working with colleagues in a range of professions and services to ensure quality multi-professional working
- Schools and settings or the LA will make requests for input to the ASD Support Service at Fosse Way School. Schools and settings should use the request for input form:
ASD request for input 2019-2020 (to download and save)
- Communication between Fosse Way and the mainstream school will be electronic and personal (telephone and/or face to face) with a minimum of paperwork. The initial request should be made to Fosse Way School using secure means and in line with GDPR.
- Requests are usually processed within 2 weeks and schools/settings will be contacted by a member of the ASDSS team.
- Fosse Way School is a strategic partner of AET (autismeducationtrust.co.uk) and deliver the nationally accredited training across all schools and settings.
- Details of professional CPD can be found at tbmpts.com