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 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 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 Woodley Airfield
- 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
- 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.
- Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council