School Liaison and Family Support Service
School Liaison Service
The School Liaison Service has been developed to support schools and families with some of the challenges our children can face at school including unstructured times, overwhelming group environments, sensory difficulties and transitions. The support offered can vary depending on the particular needs of the young person and throughout 2014/15 our School Liaison Co-ordinator supported 31 different schools in the local area.
Some work which has been delivered includes:
Development of strategies for children with autism
Specific projects at lunchtimes to support individual children
Setting up lunch clubs
Lunch time Lego Therapy/Relax Kids/Sensory Play groups
Encouraging children to access PAS services through schools
Autism information sessions for classes or full school assemblies
Support for parents at Additional Support Needs Meetings (please note this is not an advocacy service)
Individual transition support including extra transition visits and supporting at full school transition days
This list is not exhaustive and our team will work with every school and family to support our children in the best way possible.
Family Support Service
Perth Autism Support have a vision where every parent with a child with autism can get the right support at a time that is right for their family. We believe that on their journey through life families need different types and kinds of advice as their child matures. Keen et al (2010) concluded that parental access to information about the range of evidence based strategies for supporting their child alleviate some of the parent stress and increase of parent self-efficacy. Mansell and Morris (2004) found in their survey that 89% of parents found the most useful support was from a family support worker, the local parent support group and parent support course about autism.
To complement our other parents supports, our Family Support Service was set up to enable families to be supported at an individual level, this means that the support is tailored around the needs of the young person and the family. The remit is wide and varied but has included:
Providing advice and strategies about autism
Signposting to other services
Helping families to access other areas of PAS service delivery
One to one support with training information
Completion of Disability Living Allowance forms
Supporting at multi agency meetings
The amount of input a family needs is totally dependent on the work that is identifed in the referral and triage process and this can be as little as one meeting to provide information up to families who have had in excess of 60 hours support.
To contact our Family Support/School Liaison team check out the Our Team page for all staff contact details.