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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to schedule a telephone consultation
We are re-introducing our monthly coffee mornings. These will take place online on the last Wednesday of the month at 11.00am. Each session will have a different theme.
The first session will take place on Wednesday 27 May and the theme will be “Preparing children to return to school/ Nursery”. Please sign up for the event by following this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-coffee-morning-preparing-children-with-autism-to-go-back-to-school-tickets-105308759334
Following the postponement of our Parent/Carer training around managing challenging behaviour that had been scheduled for March we have adapted this to create a shorter training course that is suitable to be delivered online. The training will consist of 3 online sessions on Wednesday 20 May, Wednesday 27 May and Wednesday 3 June. See the attached flyer for further details including how to sign up. The webinars will be recorded and made available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request an online appointment.
There are two new online groups for young people, with six sessions starting in May:
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.
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:
Our Parent Pack to help you while your children and young people are at home.
Who to contact
- 020 8871 6882
Where to go
- Early Years Centre
1, Siward Road
- SW17 0LA
- Get directions
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Age Ranges
- 0 to 19 years
- Referral required
- Referral Details
This service is for parents/carers and families of children with a diagnosis of autism (and those on the specialist pathway).
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
Last updated: 28 May 2020