Challenge recognises that families, education facilities and child care placements are lacking in resources to provide the necessary training and support that is required to enable the child to develop and progress. Families often feel ill equipped and services that are available do not always have the answers or the support to offer.
Challenge fills this void and works with families, education and care placements to provide the necessary training and support mechanisms to allow the child to flourish and the family to function within normal constraints.
What the child may need
- Structured time to learn daily living skills and coping mechanisms that are appropriate and transferable to different environments.
- Consistency of practice between family, education and child care.
- Support to manage anxiety and frustration that is safe, protects the wellbeing of the child and is transferable between environments.
- A communication method that is easily understood with reciprocated for the child to develop.
- SMART targets to allow for success and recognition of learning
What the family may need
- Someone to listen to their problems and offer a solution
- Provide a break from the child in the knowledge that their child is safe and cared for in their absence.
- Sibling support, enabling them to have protected time with their parents and allowing a process of learning of coping mechanisms to live within a sometimes challenging environment.
- A link between services to enable consistent practice for their child.
Education and child care placements
- Specific training on the subject of Autistic Spectrum Disorder for staff teams and key workers.
- Development of policy and procedure to work within the specialist area of ASD and inclusion.
- Support to develop a learning programme to allow the individual to progress within the education system using recognised methods i.e. TEACCH