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Wandsworth Autism Advisory Service (WAAS) - Coronavirus

Support during the Coronavirus pandemic

As the country adjusts to the next phase of the pandemic with the gradual easing of the lockdown and the re-opening of some schools/ Nurseries, the Autism Advisory Service are evolving our support for schools/ settings and families accordingly. 

Our offer of support

Daily telephone consultations for parents/ carers including the option of evening phone calls (9am-10pm), please email autismadvisory@wandsworth.gov.uk  leaving your name and contact number and a preferred time and one of the team will call you back.

Advice and consultation for any professionals supporting autistic children e.g.  teachers, SENCOs, social workers, youth workers, please email autismadvisory@wandsworth.gov.uk  to schedule a telephone consultation

We are running our first WAAS Autism Parent Support Forum: Helping to manage your child's anxiety. It's on Wednesday 29 July, at 7pm.  Please visit Eventbrite to book your place.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autism-parent-support-forum-helping-to-manage-your-childs-anxiety-tickets-112382749830

Is your child joining Reception this September? If so, please see our information leaflet about this in "downloads".

For all parents  - Top Tips for Preparing your Child or Young Person for Returning to School in "downloads".

Parent/Carer training around managing challenging behaviour workshops that had been scheduled for March, were cancelled and we have adapted this to create a shorter training course that is suitable to be delivered online. The training consists of 3 online sessions. The webinars have been recorded and are available on YouTube.

In response to need for more direct intervention we are introducing “Online Solution Circles” which will be led by members of the psychology team and will bring together parents and professionals to find solutions to “stuck situations”. These are being offered as virtual face to face small group appointments. See flyer for more details. Please email autismadvisory@wandsworth.gov.uk  to request an online appointment.

Four online groups for young people, with six sessions each starting in July:

  1.  Girls aged 11 to 14
  2. Boys aged 11 to 14. 
  3. Girls "Power up" group for 15 to 19 year olds
  4. Boys "Power up" group" for 15 to 19 year olds

We are also offering five online sessions for small groups (maximum of 6 per session) of young people with ASD in year 6, to help them prepare for joining year 7 at secondary school in September.

Monday 3 August - Friday 7 August (3pm daily) Year 6 to 7 Transition Group 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/year-6-to-7-transition-support-group-for-young-people-with-autism-tickets-107746272000

We have created some short videos with top tips and guidance for parents/ carers and these are now on the Local Offer Youtube channel

We will be regularly updating our resource bank with materials to support families while children are spending time away from school. All of our resources will be uploaded to this site. We will also be signposting to other websites.

Here are some:

links to useful resources;

Our Parent Pack to help you while your children and young people are at home.

Links to our videos about using Timers, Now and Next Boards and Timetables 

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
autismadvisory@wandsworth.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Early Years Centre
Address
1, Siward Road
London
Postcode
SW17 0LA
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Various

Availability

Age Ranges
0 to 19 years
Referral required
No
Referral Details

This service is for parents/carers and families of children with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

Local Offer

Description

What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

This service is for Wandsworth's parents/carers and families of children/young people with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).

  • Parent/carer support is available to all Wandsworth residents regardless of the child/ young person’s educational placement

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Last updated: 07 Jul 2020

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