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(UK) Lancashire: New assessment, support services for autism families

July 6, 2023, Lancashire Telegraph: New East Lancashire service for autistic children launched

NW England

A new service dedicated to improving the lives of families and children with autism has launched in East Lancashire.

NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), which organises health and care services across the region, is funding this new service provided by Spring North and Child Action Northwest.

Launched on Monday, July 3, it will offer a wide range of vital services to address the specific needs of families.

It will also provide comprehensive support to families and parents of children who have been diagnosed with autism and for those going through the assessment process….

Sarah O’Brien, chief nurse for Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of this vital service which will provide much-needed support to those with autism and those that care for them….

“Spring North and Child Action Northwest are leading non-profit organisations dedicated to improving the lives of families and children with autism and we’re looking forward to working closely with them.”

Parents, carers, and families of newly diagnosed children or those children going through the diagnostic process will receive guidance and information on understanding autism and its implications.

Specialised seminars and training programmes such as the Cygnet parenting programme, will be provided throughout the year, covering topics such as What is Autism, Challenging Behaviour, Sensory Issues, and Communication.

These seminars aim to empower parents with the knowledge and tools necessary to support their child's unique needs effectively.

The project will also address the difficulties that parents, carers, and families may encounter when dealing with challenging behaviours exhibited by children on the autism spectrum.

Strategies and practical support will be offered to help families work cohesively, improving both their overall well-being and the child's behaviour.

The project team will work closely with the children and their parents or carers, providing wrap-around care to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone involved.

Angela Allen, chief executive officer of Spring North, said: "We are thrilled to launch this vital project, driven by the needs of our communities and designed to meet the demand for specialised support.

“At Spring North, we believe in empowering children on the autism spectrum to thrive and succeed, and this initiative reflects our unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in their lives."


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