- Autism and Mental health resources
- Carer support resources
- SEND Resources
- Resources to aid communication
- Autism and Medication
- Day services in Peterborough
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that is defined by three key features:
- Communication difficulties
- Social interaction/engagement difficulties
- Repetitive and restrictive behaviours
It is a spectrum disorder therefore each autistic person will have their own mannerisms and ways in which they engage with the world around them.
There is a lot of information on autism online however real person contact is the only way to truly understand an individual.
1 in 4 of us experience mental health issues at some point in our lives but for autistic people, anxiety and depression are highly prevalent, in the context of wider social factors including parent carer/ family wellbeing mental health plays an important role. Children are totally dependent on their parents, parental mental health and wellbeing therefore have a direct impact on the child’s wellbeing, caring for an autistic child come with additional stressors including sleep deprivation, anxiety, stress and depression.
Caring for an adult autistic child brings with it the needs to understand what is available in terms of housing, benefits and legislation which will help their adult child to live more independently and to receive the best possible health and social care. This in addition to maintaining a healthy mental state and physical wellbeing.
Like most parent carers I confess this is a challenge, I recall spending hours and at times months trying to understand what I could access and what was available for me and my daughter. What I needed was a list of resources… so I’ve put this together to help you.
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The National Council for Severe autism (US)
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Easy read information Autism
Challenging behaviour foundation
NHS guidance on challenging behaviour, ADULTS
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The National Autistic Society Local branch
Autism and Mental health resources
LOCAL NHS URGENT MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE (ENGLAND ONLY)
NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages.
You can call for:
- 24-hour advice and support
- for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for help to speak to a mental health professional
- an assessment to help decide on the best course of care
THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY (CALM)
One of the UK’s leading movements against suicide, CALM provide free and confidential phone lines and webchats from 5pm until midnight 365 days a year.
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58
Radio X and CALM Mental Health Toolkit: https://www.thecalmzone.net/2020/12/radio-x/
Telephone lines offering information and signposting:
Open 9am-6pm Monday to Friday (closed on bank holidays). Providing general information and signposting for mental health conditions.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS
Providing legal information and general advice on mental health related law including being detained under the Mental Health Act (sectioning), mental capacity, community care, and discrimination and equality.
Telephone: 0300 466 6463
Post: Mind Legal line, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS
Helplines for those who experience panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, and other anxiety related conditions.
Helplines are open 10am-10pm 365 days of the year.
Telephone: 0300 7729844
Crisis Message Guided Breathing Exercise: 01952 680835
Youth Helpline (for 13 to 20 year olds) Monday, Tuesday, Friday 3pm-6pm; Thursday 3pm-8pm; Saturday 6pm-8pm: 0330 606 1174
Providing confidential support and advice to young people (under 35) experiencing suicidal thoughts, and those worried about young people.
Lines are open 9am-midnight 365 days a year.
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS
Information and advice services open Monday to Friday 9:30am-4pm.
Telephone: 0808 801 0525
Post: RAIS, PO Box 17106, Birmingham, B9 9LL
Providing 24/7 support to those in a mental health crisis.
Telephone: 116 123
Supporting young people with mental health conditions and their parent/carers.
Lines are open 24/7
Text: YM to 85258
Lines are open Monday-Friday 9:30am-4pm
Telephone: 0808 802 5544
HEAD ABOVE THE WAVES
A website containing a number of self-help resources for those with mental health conditions.
Carer support resources
020 7378 4999 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Caregiver stress and burnout
Direct Payment information
Social care and support information
Personal Budgets and direct payment
Apply for direct payments
Information on direct payments
What are direct payments?
What is a ECHP?
HOW TO APPEAL ECHP
Marion Deeley – SEND Partnership Officer
Phone: 01733 863979
Claire Nunn – Specialist teacher
Jill Groutage – Specialist teacher
Phone: 01733 864009 / 07920169218
Peterborough City Council Learning disability Board
Ralph Middlebrook – Improvement and Development Manager
Phone: 01733 758432
The EarlyBird Parent Programme supports parents and carers of pre-school aged children (under five years) with a diagnosis of autism.
The programmes are held over approximately 3 months and aim to support families to:
*Understand autism and how children experience the world around them,
*Develop interactions and communication with their child,
*Understand their child’s behaviour.
Peterborough Early Bird Programme
01733 864 720
If you would like to help Peterborough City Council support individuals with autism and have a say about services that are provided, then you can join our group.
All the meetings are held in accessible venues in Peterborough and take place every three months. Come along and make your voice heard.
If you are interested in joining the Autism Strategic Group, please contact:
Alternatively, if you would like any further information you can call the Direct Payment Support Service and ask to speak to Chris De Wilde on 01733 342683 or email@example.com
Peterborough City Council Autism information
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Resources to aid communication
NHS Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Speech and Language therapy
The Peacock Centre
Cambridge CB1 3DF
0300 029 50 50
Picture exchange communication system
Easy read COVID information
My health passport
Easy read information to take to GP appointments
Peterborough Local support
Peterborough City Council
Little Miracles is a charity that supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. Just like everyone else these children need a place to play, laugh and create friendships – Little Miracles provides this whilst the families are able to access the advice, support and care that they deserve.
In the UK, there are 800,000 disabled children under the age of 16 – this is approximately one child in every twenty yet the majority of families that we work with report feeling like they are alone in their journey.
Little Miracles exists to reduce this isolation and to ensure that families get the support that they need in order to support their families fully. Our activities and Family Support Workers provide a lifeline to the families and their children with the varied support that we are able to offer.
We support the whole family including parents, carers, the child with additional needs as well as the siblings and any family can receive support even before they receive the formal diagnosis.
Never be afraid to ask for help
If you have a child with additional needs it can be hard and it is okay to recognise that.
People often genuinely want to help but often do not know what to do or what to say what the families we work with have told us is that it is important to accept offers of help but also to let people know what they can do to help you.
From a practical point of view there may be benefits that you are entitled to and you can visit www.gov.uk to find out more about these or speak to one of our Family Support Workers who will be able to help you in finding out what you are entitled to both financially and also about other charities and organisations that can help as well as making the relevant applications with you.
Family voice is a local registered charity who are actively seeking to improve services in all areas of the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs. We are here for Parents and Carers of children and young people aged 0—25 years with a disability or additional needs.
They aim to work together with professionals and parents so that the services for our children and young people meet their needs. Putting parent carers and their children at the centre and helping them to be heard.
They are currently involved and participating in the SEND reforms. FVP parent reps and trustees attend Strategic meetings in relation to various strands of the reforms. This is ongoing and parent carers can directly participate by contacting the council via the feedback page on the Local Offer. Click here to visit Peterborough City Councils Local Offer
Their services include
Help parents engage with professionals across Health, Education and Social Care.
Facilitate participation in service delivery.
Provide a voice for parents at strategic level meetings.
Hold informative events.
Help parents and carers have access to the information about what services are available to them.
Signpost parents and carers to other agencies/ organisations who provide specifc services that we do not.
Provide family based trips and activities.
Run a community centre.
Provide short breaks.
Goldhay community centre
Autism and Medication
There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, and there’s currently no medication to treat it. But some medicines can help with related symptoms like depression, seizures, insomnia, and trouble focusing. Studies have shown that medication is most effective when it’s combined with behavioral therapies
Some people with learning disabilities are given psychotropic drugs for the treatment of the range of mental illnesses that occur in the population more widely. Research evidence has shown that most of these conditions are more common in people with learning disabilities
Melatonin – Sleep
Risperidone- Distress, anxiety
Epilepsy and Autism
Between 3 and 6 out of every 10 people with a learning disability will have a sleep disorder. This is often undiagnosed. It’s important to get this treated as it may well be making the person have more seizures.
0808 800 5050
Peterborough City Hospital
This Department is managed by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
Incontinence Help/ Pads
The Continence Adviser has information leaflets and also samples of products which may help you. Arrangements can be made to see you at home if necessary. Continence Clinics are held at Peterborough City Hospital , they offer advice and support to professionals and the general public. Incontinence aids cannot be prescribed by your GP or dispensed by a pharmacist under the NHS. They can be provided free of charge by the continence team but usually only after a three month assessment and treatment plan. If you wish to discuss bladder or bowel problems you can contact the team direct on Tel: 01733 466664.Telephone advice is available 9:00am to 10:00am weekdays, at other times there is an answer phone.
Incontinence aids for children Where appropriate following an assessment they will be provided for children from the age of 4 years. The Peterborough Health Authority does not supply incontinence aids for children with uncomplicated night time bed wetting.
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation, operates a confidential national helpline Tel: 0845 3450165 Monday-Friday office hours, answerphone at other times
How to get NHS help for incontinence
John Mansfield Campus
Peterborough PE1 4HX
Tel: 01733 265551
Day services in Peterborough
Zest Day Centre for Adults with Learning Disabilities
City College Peterborough Supported Employment
441 Lincoln Road
City college Peterborough Day Opportunities
Peterborough and District REMAP