Outreach - Local Services
Our teams ensure a supportive environment for children to develop skills, build confidence and learn.
Our outreach support service for children can be provided both within a school setting and outwith school.
Our teams ensure a supportive environment for children to develop skills, build confidence and learn. Play is important in a child’s development and we encourage children to interact through play whilst making sure that they engage and enjoy a variety of activities. Our aim with outreach support is to make the lives of the children we support more fulfilled and enriched.
Our children's services across Scotland are delivered by a dedicated team of practitioners who receive regular autism-specific training. Our services for children are reviewed regularly by the Care Inspectorate and full details of recent inspections can be found on their website.
Ross is six years old and accesses the Oban Saturday Club. When he started attending the club, Ross struggled to participate in group activities and meal times where he had to follow instructions and interact with those around him. When introduced to activities that were new to him he found this difficult, and would only manage to spend short periods of time doing anything unfamiliar.
As Ross settled into the club, practitioners were able to use his likes and interests to develop his social and communication skills. Ross loves trains and cars and so staff supported and encouraged Ross to develop friendships with other children with similar interests. They also enabled him to become more focused on his daily planner and what activities he would be getting involved with.
Over time, Ross was gradually introduced to new activities. With a wide range on offer, from body painting to music making to drama, all activities have a benefit whether it is to develop confidence, encourage sensory exploration or enhance emotional understanding.
How to access the service
Before accessing our services, the following will take place:
- Visit: A visit to the service is recommended to see firsthand what we offer.
- Assessment: An assessment will be completed to ensure we have a full understanding of the individual's support needs and what their aspirations are.
- Support Plan: Support plans will be developed and agreed with the individual, detailing how aspirations and outcomes will be met.
- Transition Plan: A transition plan tailored to the individual will be developed to ensure a smooth introduction to our service.
- Funding: Funding needs to be in place - you can seek support from your local authority regarding funding options.
A member of our team will support and guide you through the assessment and service development process. We will ensure that each individual is an active participant in the set up of their service and all those who are closely involved are fully consulted.
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We find respite time invaluable, it allows us to do the jobs around the garden and home that are difficult to do with Ross around. It also allows us some valuable time together as a couple.