Autistic Spectrum conditions

Freedom Support is an experienced provider of services for individuals who are on the Autistic Spectrum. We have developed a number of innovative, high quality services within a twenty four hour setting and care within your home. Our services enable people with autism to lead happy, fulfilling lives in a person centred way.

The services that we deliver to people who are on the Autistic spectrum are designed around an individual needs. We believe in a bespoke approach and understand that no two services should look the same. We are very proud of the way we have been able to tailor and develop support packages and the living environments in which people live around the specific requirements of our service users (and their families).

Understanding the individual and their support needs

Freedom Support is aware of the importance of understanding the personalities and preferences of the people that we support. When we build a support package we recognise the need to work closely with the people that know the person best. This is often the person’s own family but can equally include carers, professionals and friends. Through our multi- disciplinary approach we often work alongside other professionals when delivering autism specific services some of these include Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, GP’s, Behavioural Specialists, Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. We are also aware that to understand the individual person we need to understand how the sensory world and their environment affects their wellbeing and happiness. This is a key part of our work in autism services.

Communication

At Freedom Support we deliver our individualised services to people who are on the Autistic spectrum in a way that recognises and respects individual’s rights. We understand the importance of meeting and respecting an individual’s communication method or needs. We train all our staff to meet such communication needs and it is common for communication aids such as Makaton, British Sign Language, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems), Objects of Reference, TEACCH schedules and communication passports to be used to in services to enable our support staff to communicate with our service users in a pro active way.

Freedom Support closely works in line with current legalisation and understands its responsibilities under the Autism Act 2009. At Freedom Support we promote opportunities for service users and their families to get involved in the recruitment and selection of staff to ensure sure we recruit the right people with the right skills base and knowledge. Once staff have been recruited, we ensure that staff have a full organisation induction to specific services and specific autism awareness training identified. Staff are invited to undertake an apprenticeship in health and social care level 2 and 3 and any other training to meet individual needs.