Our model of delivery  includes a series of 1-1 sessions as well as group programmes to ensure individuals are able to receive the specific support per individual but also encourage social communication skills through group work.

 

Our sessions are aimed at overcoming barriers, self-confidence, self-awareness, progression and pathways for development. We  deliver sessions on assertiveness, access to communities, team building, friendship development as well as working with others. The aim of the programme is that individuals have overcome their own barriers and are able to then transfer their own experiences and knowledge to support others out in the community whilst supporting them to develop employability skills and confidence going forward.

 

We support individuals in understanding their own behaviours, the triggers for their behaviours, understanding warning signs of anxiety, stress, depression so that they can self-manage their difficulties, we  also support individuals to know how to crisis plan.

 

We  establish  peer support networks that will meet weekly in different areas across the region where individuals can regularly attend or drop in, again this will be kept informal. We  listen to what those attending want from this programme and further into the programme once individuals have developed confidence may develop sub groups or peer networks from individual training courses that are run and delivered solely by course attendees but where they can come back to us to ask for guidance on running these sessions where required,. For this we  employ an individual with autism as a peer support to so that this project is delivered and led by adults with autism and fully understanding of their needs. If you would like to get involved please contact Debbie on 07854 586781 stepforward@autismplus.co.uk