Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)– Children’s Service

The Autism Team provides support to children with Autism and to their families. We are a multi-disciplinary team, which means members have a range of professional qualifications and experience in many areas including:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Paediatrics
  • Social Work
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Autism Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapy and
  • Specialist Health Visitors

Central to the work of the team is the Autism Service Co-ordinator.  We are here to provide support and advice from the first stages of the assessment and diagnosis process and throughout your contact with us. For general, non-urgent enquiries contact: 028 8283 5983.

The following short video clip explains the referral and assessment process for an Autism Assessment or if you prefer click here to view The Journey Through the Assessment Process leaflet.

 

Clear guidance has recently been published about how children in Northern Ireland are assessed, diagnosed and subsequently supported.  This guidance is called the “Six Steps of Autism Care” and it explains what happens when a child is put forward for assessment. We have also created a short video clip (social story) to help explain the process of assessment in the Western Trust.

Every child is different and equally every child with Autism is different.  When a child is diagnosed with Autism the help and support that will be provided will depend on that child’s individually assessed needs. This help may include:

  • Support sessions with the appropriate professional
  • Training courses and awareness events for parents
  • Referral to family support services
  • Assessment of carer’s needs
  • Opportunities for Respite
  • Pharmacological care (if appropriate)
  • Information about local parent/charity support groups
  • Information and / or referral to other service (where co-occurring conditions are identified)

The Autism Team serves the whole of the Trust area and is based in three locations:

Southern Sector 
Rivendell
Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital
Omagh

Tel: 028 8283 5983

 

The Childrens Centre
South West Acute Hospital
Enniskillen

Tel: 028 6638 2000

 

Northern Sector 
3-5 Aberfoyle Terrace
Strand Road
Londonderry
BT47 6TF

Tel: 028 7130 8313

 For general, non-urgent enquiries contact Tel: 028 8283 5983


The Autism Spectrum - Level 1 & 2 training for parents:

Please click here to read our Parent Training Introduction Letter before checking out our training dates below in your local area.

 


 

Turning the Curve

Turning the Curve is an autism support project for young people.The project was established by Co-operation and Working Together with funding from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme.

Through Turning the Curve, young people had the opportunity to participate in a  variety of local community based activities and planned group programmes which helped them to develop their social and communication skills, and have fun with their peers at the same time.

In the Western Trust, a number of Summer Scheme activities were organised by the Turning the Curve staff team. In particular, the media related activities and the making of a DVD proved to be very popular as it was an ideal medium for participants to express their feelings about the activities and the impact they had on them personally.  The participants all agreed making the DVD was really enjoyable and did not cause any anxiety because if they were not happy with their part of the film it was simple to redo.  All in all the young people stated they felt comfortable in the groups and with the other participants. They enjoyed the wide variety of activities and in some cases friendships did develop.

This all happened  just because these young people (all with ASD) took the step to get involved in an array of activities for one week in July 2012 in the Western Trust area. Please view the video below...

 

Find out more about CAWT by visiting: www.cawt.com