Autism

Autism

Integrated Autism Service

Why have we developed an Integrated Autism Service?

Because autistic individuals, parents and carers told us they needed more support. They told us they can’t access services because they don’t meet the eligibility criteria. They told us they wanted support with:

  • Behaviour issues
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety and anger
  • Developing social and daily living skills
  • Accessing leisure and recreational activities

We learned that autistic adults and children and their family’s lives are severely affected because they can’t access the correct support, that many can’t leave the house on a daily basis and that parents and carers feel highly stressed.

We also heard that many adults who think they may have autism find it difficult to access a diagnostic assessment.

What will the service provide?

The service will provide diagnostic assessment for autistic adults (sometimes jointly with other services), support and advice for autistic adults and parent carers.

I am a parent of an autistic child – what will this mean for me?

Whilst not working directly with children and young people, the service will work in partnership with other organisations to support parents and carers.

Where needed, the service may also work with other staff involved with your child such as school staff or health visitors to make sure you and your child are given consistent support and advice.

Parents and carers will be able to self – refer to the service, if your child has received a diagnosis of Autism you will be able to access training and advice from the Integrated Autism Service.

I am an autistic adult – what will this mean for me?

If you are an adult and think you have autism but don’t have a diagnosis, the service will be able to offer you an diagnostic assessment if you want it. You will be able to get advice and support from the service without needing to be referred by someone else. Below are some of the challenges that you might need advice and support on:

  • Anxiety
  • Social skills
  • Accessing leisure and recreational activities
  • Developing your daily living skills (such as paying bills, shopping and cooking)
  • Accessing other services such as healthcare or employment support
  • Or other difficulties with you may be experiencing

Will the service provide everything for us?

No, the service will not provide:

  • Direct work with children and young people
  • Emergency/ crisis intervention
  • Respite care
  • Rapid response

For those with more complex needs (where other services such as mental health support is needed), staff from the Integrated Autism Service will work with other professionals to ensure they are able to provide ‘autism-friendly’ support.

I am a professional what will this mean for me?

The IAS are there to support professionals to gain knowledge, skills and experience in working with autistic people.

How do they do this?

  • Training
  • Consultation
  • Advice

How can I find out more about the Integrated Autism Services in my area?

Some services are more established than others, as the Integrated Autism Services have been rolled out with a phased approach across Wales.  Please click on the links below for information on the service in your area:

How can I access ASDinfoWales resources in the meantime?

Email us at ASDinfo@WLGA.gov.uk or inbox us on Twitter, let us know what you need. We will try our best to get it to you.

Integrated Autism Service website

Integrated Autism Service Forum and Information Hub Dates

Click on poster below for further details

thumbnail of 2020 carmarthenshire autism forums

Cam Nesa

Cam Nesa is a European Funded project working with young people between 16 – 24 yrs who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

We can work with you on a one to one basis to gain confidence, offer emotional support and eventually help you progress into employment, education or training.

Our team of professional workers includes:

  • Post 16 Youth Support Workers
  • Emotional Health Support Worker
  • ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Young People’s Support Workers

We aim to:

  • Identify NEET young people within the 16-24 age group
  • Assess the young person’s individual circumstances and factors that contribute to their becoming NEET
  • Identify and deliver appropriate individualised support to help the NEET young person
  • Where appropriate, provide careers advice and qualifications for employment
  • Offer appropriate work experience with employers selected to best suit the needs of the NEET young person.

Cam Nesa further information link here

Contact Us

Cam Nesa
Building 2, St David’s Park
Job’s Well Road, Carmarthen
SA31 3HB

camnesa@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

01267 246699

The whole Carmarthenshire team are an asset to us childminders and I know from speaking to other childminders in the UK that they do not have such a fantastic team behind them. I could not recommend this enough for anyone who would like to become a childminder in Carmarthenshire.
Posted by Parent, from Carmarthenshire
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