Overall Aim of the Project
To provide low level support to high functioning adults with Autism/Asperger Syndrome in East Lancashire & Blackburn with Darwen.
To provide Support groups and Drop in sessions for adults with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in East Lancashire.
To provide an interim pathway to diagnosis.
What will the Project Provide?
Pre & Post Diagnosis Support: The project provides information, support and advice for adults before and after diagnosis.
Pre Diagnosis and Assessment Screening: Action for ASD are currently providing a short term interim service providing screening for adults who are waiting for a diagnosis. Diagnosis and Assessment Services are not currently available in East Lancashire so new referrals are being made to Action for ASD for the screening process. This helps to identify if the client meets the criteria for possible further assessment by supporting clients on completing the AAA Assessment.
Adult Social Skills and Support Group: This is facilitated with the help of adult support workers, every Tuesday evening from 5.30 – 8.00pm for adults with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. There is a programme of events and sessions for adults with a wide range of activities and discussion topics. These sessions provide social support opportunities to help adults practice and learn social skills, make friends to help reduce their social isolation, help to increase confidence and self esteem and help to reduce mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.
Drop-In Sessions: These provides information, advice and support at the Autism Resource Centre every week on a Thursday afternoon for adults with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. These sessions are also social sessions and provide opportunities for adults to experience new activities, learn life skills and socialize with other people experiencing the same issues.
Transition Group: This is a newly formed group for young people with Asperger Syndrome aged 16 -19 years. This group is a social communication group for young people going through the transition into adulthood and provides an opportunity to make friends, develop relationships, increase self esteem and confidence. The group bridges the gap between children’s or adults services for young adults.
Low Level Support: The Project provides more individual support to adults, with issues such as day to day living and dealing with problems they face and how to overcome them. Low level support works very well with adults with Asperger Syndrome and often prevents more serious mental health issues or intervention arising. The Adult Services Manager and Outreach Worker work with Clients who have or are seeking a diagnosis of high functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome.
NB. What is the definition of Low level support? For the purpose of this project this means practical support (advice on money skills, budgeting, life skills, paying bills, how to deal with phone calls, strangers etc.), emotional support (adults will be able to meet/call the member of staff for support and to talk about issues that are causing stresses and anxiety).
Counselling: Action for ASD can provide up to 3 follow on sessions for clients after diagnosis who require higher levels of support . The number of sessions can be increased if necessary on an individual basis.
Signposting: The staff who work with clients and will follow up after diagnosis will be able to sign post clients to relevant services and support adults with social care assessments. We also have links with local colleges, employment services and housing and we will support adults in accessing these services.
How do I access the Adult Project at Action for ASD?
Anyone seeking a diagnosis or that has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and is aged 16+ years can self-refer to the project.
Please contact the Adult Services Manager on 01282 415455 or firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange to send out registration forms and will arrange a meeting with you. Alternatively, you can download the forms by clicking on the links on the top left of this page.
After referral forms have been received then you will be invited to come and meet with a member of the Adult Services Team, who will give you more information about the project and give you dates of upcoming groups and events.
We look forward to hearing from you!
How can this project help professionals/organisations working with people with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome?
The Adult Services Team will also:
Work and liaise with professionals/practitioners within East Lancashire PCT who are working with adults with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism to provide specialist advice and information.
Work with the CCG and other statutory organisations to improve the pathways, diagnosis and experience of adults with Asperger Syndrome following guidance from NICE and Adult Autism Strategy.