Enfield Advisory Service for Autism

Enfield Advisory Service for Autism

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Understanding Autism – ‘All About Me’, Peer Awareness and Therapeutic Informed Interventions

 

The ‘All About Me’ programme:

‘All About Me’ is a short intervention designed for positively disclosing and explaining the autism diagnosis to individual children and young people. Many children within Enfield have completed this work during the last decade with positive outcomes. Feedback from school and parents has been very positive, and it is a highly recommend intervention.

The programme involves an Educational Psychologist working with a child or young person alongside their parent(s) carers and sometimes school staff over 3 sessions at their school. A visual and interactive computer template is used to produce a unique personalised booklet about the individual and their autism which is taken home and can be used in school as a permanent reference at the end of the intervention.

 

Peer awareness work:

We also cover peer awareness work, which can be built on the ‘All About Me’ work done with the child or young person. We can also offer other forms of peer awareness interventions. 

 

How is the pupil’s autism disclosed and explained:

Each individual’s autism is positively disclosed and explained in the context of their strengths and differences. Their strengths and the positive perceptions of their strengths by their families and loved ones; it is emphasised throughout the intervention.

 

Which children and young people can participate in this work?

‘All About Me’ can be delivered to individuals usually aged 7 years onwards, including college/sixth form students, who have not been told they have autism or who already know about it but would benefit from understanding their diagnosis more and how it affects them.

 

What happens after a pupil has been referred for ‘All About Me’?

At least one pre-intervention visit will be made by an Educational Psychologist to the child or young person’s school to:

  • Meet the individual
  • Meet with the individual’s parents, SENCo and other relevant staff to explain the programme and reach a decision on whether the work is appropriate at that stage and, if so, how it will be tailored to the individual’s differences and needs
  • Set dates for the 2-3 sessions (if it is agreed to proceed with the work).
  • If ‘All About Me’ is not appropriate we can have a discussion about other forms of support.

 

Other forms of therapeutic support and interventions on offer:

If a child or young person is struggling with their diagnosis, or if they are finding aspects of school life difficult to manage because of their diagnosis, it is also possible for an Educational Psychologist to provide more focused work. For instance by using: Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic, Mindfulness, Narrative, and other therapeutic based approaches. 

 

What might be the most appropriate intervention for the child or young person?

‘All About Me’ may not be suitable for some children and young people with autism. Here is a guide to help inform decisions on whether autism awareness work including the ‘All about Me’ is appropriate. It also details what else may help as well as or as an alternative to ‘All About Me’.

Guide for deciding what might be the most appropriate intervention:

This work may be suitable for children and young people when:

This work may not be suitable for children and young people when:

What else may help?

Their parents or carers feel ready for them to know about their autism diagnosis and consent to the work.

Their autism diagnosis is being questioned or about to be reassessed.

Whole class and group work around understanding autism in the context of strengths and differences.

Their parents or carers want help in disclosing and explaining their child or young person’s autism.

They, their parents or carers and the person leading the intervention are not all fully ready.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic, Mindfulness, Narrative, and other therapeutic based approaches on an individual or group basis.

They can engage in the intervention and share attention with the Educational Psychologist for the required time (approx. 1 hour per session) with appropriate visual and environmental support.

They are not questioning, or raising concerns about their differences while presenting as generally contented. It is also important to take into consideration the potential impact of accidental disclosure, or a negative response to late disclosure.

Group work with other children or young people, including those with autism including:

 

 

 

They can apply the necessary thinking and communication skills to engage with the concepts used to help them understand their autism in the intervention.

If they are aware of their autism diagnosis but have negative emotions and responses to this such as anger, denial, or do not want to talk about it.

Groups to support social skills development, friendships, and helping them get along with peers.

 

 

They have developed some awareness of their own attributes, those of people around them and how they differ.

If it is thought that engaging in the intervention might negatively impact on their well-being.

Peer support in problem solving with the child or young person with autism to develop social communication, wellbeing and inclusion.

It is felt that it would improve their everyday life.

They know that they have autism and have reached an adequate level of understanding and accepting it.

 

 

 

 

Referrals need to be made by schools/educational settings via referral form.

As a parent, if you feel that your child might benefit from this work please talk to their SENCo.