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ASSIST Team (Autistic Spectrum Service for Information Support and Training)

The ASSIST team (Autism Spectrum Service for Information, Support & Training) is part of the 0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disability Service at Wokingham Borough Council People's  Directorate, based at Woodley Airfield Centre .

The team supports children and young people with autism, people who live with them, and people who work with them from diagnosis up to their 18th birthday, and who live in the Wokingham Borough. The service can provide:

  • Information, support, advice and signposting to other services
  • Resources such as symbols, photographs and timetables
  • Opportunities to meet with the ASSIST team to discuss strategies – contact the team for dates of monthly drop in sessions held at Bridges Resource Centre
  • Support to families to look at issues in the home environment and move towards solutions
  • Support to school staff to look at issues in the school environment and move towards solutions
  • Support to leisure providers to include children with autism
  • Consultation support to professionals to look at issues and solutions
  • Co-ordination of NAS EarlyBird, EarlyBird plus and Healthy Minds parent programmes, and the Next Steps parent programme
  • National Autistic Society EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus and Healthy Minds parent programmes (overseen by NAS and managed locally by the ASSIST team) -

These parent programmes are available for parents and their supporters of a child/young person with autism. Early Birds is for pre-school children, EarlyBird Plus for aged 5 – 9. The Healthy minds programme is for primary school aged children. The programmes aim to:

  • Support families 
  • Empower parents and carers
  • Help families to understand their child’s autism
  • Structure interactions in which communication can develop
  • Pre-empt problem behaviours and handle those that occur

The Next Steps parent programme is for parents of a young person over the age of 9 receiving a diagnosis of autism.

Contact the team to find out more details and when the next programmes are running.

For further details of our service please view our service description (PDF)

The ASSIST team work closely with the Wokingham Children’s Autism Partnership to deliver a wide range of autism specific workshops locally. Please contact ASSIST for more information.

Transition toolkit – generated by a group of parents and practitioners, the toolkit aims to help and support the planning of a move from one setting to another. Each transition will be unique to the child, and the toolkit promotes (as an example) best practice guidance. It includes appropriate actions for parents and carers, and the professionals involved in the current setting and the new setting.

Provider:
Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council

Who to contact

Contact Name
Pam Breslin
Contact Position
Manager of ASSIST
Telephone
01189 088053
Email
assist@wokingham.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
ASSIST Team,
Address
Woodley Airfield Centre Hurricane Way, Woodley,
Woodley
Postcode
RG5 4UX

Facilities and Accessibility

Facilities
Wheelchair access
Toilets
FREE Service

Accessing this service

Eligibility Criteria

Children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition - an assessment may be required to access some services

Waiting List
Possibly for some services

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Who can refer
Via School
Self Referral
Via GP or other health professional
By Parents or Family

Provision For

Supporting people with
Autism Spectrum Conditions

Compliments, complaints and comments

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Children's services complaints

Children's Services complaints are dealt with in accordance with statutory regulations.

For further information contact our Customer Relations Team
Call: 0118 974 6000
Email: CustomerRelations@wokingham.gov.uk

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Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

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Data last checked: 22/11/2018
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