Supporting HOPE for Autism

Tuesday 22 April 2014

The Positive Behaviour Support Team makes link with North Lanarkshire organisation, HOPE for Autism

Hope for Autism, a service providing activities to children and young adults with autism got in touch with the Positive Behaviour Support Team to access training in challenging behaviour. 

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw, Positive Behaviour Support Advisor provided training to twelve of the Hope for Autism staff team including senior group workers and sessional workers.

The training was provided to support Hope for Autism staff to implement Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour for the children and young people who use their centre.  This included helping staff to develop an understanding of the causes of challenging behaviour, identify triggers and warning signs as well as design and implement behavioural strategies.

Participants on the training commented the workshop to be:

  • Very useful and will most definitely help the team at HOPE
  • Suggested lots of ideas for strategies we could implement
  • The workshop related to the needs of our service users

Following the training Hope for Autism has implemented the learning from the workshop into practice and have applied some of the resources including reinforcement plans. 

About The Richmond Fellowship Scotland Positive Behaviour Support

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is unique within social care in Scotland in having a Positive Behaviour Support Team, who provide innovative, specialist support for people with complex behaviours and additional support needs.

Every person supported by the organisation has a unique set of needs and we are able to help them to live rewarding and fulfilling lives. Some of these individuals have complex and challenging behaviours. This can have a negative impact on the individual and those close to them, and can be stressful for the staff who provide the support.

In working in services across Scotland, the Positive Behaviour Support Team aims to improve the quality of life for these people, including increasing their participation in the community. We achieve this by increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of the staff teams and developing specific plans to reduce the frequency and severity of behavioural challenges.

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About HOPE for Autism

HOPE for autism was established by a group of mothers who were unable to access the help they needed for their children in North Lanarkshire.

In 2002 HOPE became a registered charity and established a support group for parents and carers. In June 2006 HOPE moved to the HOPE Centre in Chapel Street, Airdrie.

HOPE is the most experienced third sector autism specific service offered in North Lanarkshire.

We provide activity groups for young people We run a range of successful, fun and educational based activities for children and young people aged 2 – 25 years of age over 6 days a week. Our services also offer support to local families and carers affected by ASD.

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