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

Following guidance from the Government with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), before attending an activity, group, drop in, course or event listed on our directory please contact the organisation who is running the service to ensure it is still taking place.


Description

Following guidance from the Government and Wokingham Borough Council with regard to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are not running any parent programmes, drop in sessions, workshops or groups at the Woodley airfield centre for now.

ASSIST will continue to be available via email – assist@wokingham.gov.uk we can call you back if a discussion would be helpful.


The ASSIST team (Autism Spectrum Service for Information, Support & Training) is part of the  Children with Disabiities Interventions Service at Wokingham Borough Council Children's Directorate based at The Woodley Airfield Centre.

The team work in a proactive, supportive and preventative way with families and providers so that children and young people living in the Wokingham Borough who are on the autism spectrum can be the best they can be.

The approach to intervention is holistic, creative and directed by the needs of the individual and those around him or her. The service provides information, support and training, especially supporting families pre and post diagnosis.

A key factor for the service is to build capacity – always looking at ways to work with many, sharing knowledge, skills and understanding of autism.

The service can provide:

  • Information, support, advice and signposting to other services
  • Resources
  • Opportunities to meet with the ASSIST team to discuss strategies – contact the team for dates of monthly drop in sessions held at Woodley Airfield
  • Support for famiies & schools where there is crisis -See description of Service
  • Support to leisure providers to include children with autism
  • Consultation support to professionals to look at issues and solutions
  • National Autistic Society EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus and Teen Life parent programmes (overseen by NAS and managed locally by the ASSIST team) -
  • A variety of autism specific workshops

Workshops and parenting programmes

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

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

Transition toolkit

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.

Co-production in our area

A multi area group have developed a Wokingham SEND Co-production Charter for our area that will be signed up to by the Local Authority, Health and SEND Voices Wokingham about how we will work together to improve services for children and young people with SEND.

We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to read the proposed charter and then complete a short survey about it.

Read the Wokingham's SEND Co-production Charter on the SEND Voices Wokingham website.

Visit the survey monkey website to complete the Wokingham SEND Co-production Charter Survey.

Website:
The Local Offer - Social Care section
Provider:
Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council

Who to contact

Telephone
0118 969 5977
Email
ShortBreaksCo-ordinator@wokingham.gov.uk
Parent Organisation
Short Breaks Service and Early Help Service

Facilities and Accessibility

Facilities
Wheelchair access
Toilets

Accessing this service

Eligibility Criteria

Support for those living with, caring for or working with a child/young person diagnosed with autism, up to their 18th birthday, who live in the Wokingham Borough. 

Parent programmes and drop in sessions are also available to parents whose child or young person is on the pathway for an autism assessment, and workshops are available to anyone who has an interest in autism, or feels that the strategies shared might be useful. 

Booking / Registration Required
Yes
Waiting List
Possibly for some services

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Who can refer
Self Referral
By Parents or Family
Referral notes

Self referral for parent programmes and drop ins and bookings for workshops. MARF for crisis support

Provision For

Supporting people with
Autism Spectrum Conditions

Compliments, complaints and comments

Website
Feedback and complaints

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

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Data last checked: 29/05/2020
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