Dedicated Autism Training, Support, and Other Services

Discover the impactful effects of certified autism training and support by dropping in to see one of our specialists. Here at Autism Partnership, we offer a comprehensive array of autism training and guidance options, all developed by industry-leading professionals. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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Overview

At Autism Partnership, we provide a wide range of services for children and their families, as well as training for professionals who are involved in the education of children with autism.


For children local to our centres, we provide both direct, one-to-one intervention and the supervision and consultation necessary to develop and maintain an individualised intensive ABA programme. One-to-one teaching sessions can occur in our therapy centres, at home, in a nursery or school setting, and in various community locations. At the beginning of intervention, one-to-one teaching is used to rapidly develop skills. Group teaching opportunities are provided for the purpose of further developing social skills, generalising skills developed in one-to-one instruction, learning how to learn in group settings, and further developing the maintenance of appropriate behaviour in a variety of settings. We provide support for parents on how to manage challenging and maladaptive behaviour and how to maximise the child’s learning while at home.


For children who are not local to our therapy centres, we can provide ongoing consultation services to assist parents in conducting their own home or school-based ABA programmes. We can provide ABA programme services anywhere in the UK and worldwide. Children who are just beginning their ABA programmes, not progressing as well as expected, or who have especially complex learning and behavioural needs, can participate in a week-long intensive intervention with highly qualified practitioners providing the therapy.


For professionals involved in the education of children with autism, we offer comprehensive training in ABA methodology, training workshops, professional development, and consultation for developing ABA classrooms.

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Science-Based Intervention

Every year there is a new intervention that is declared to be highly effective in educating individuals with ASD. So how does one decide which intervention to select? We are firm believers in the scientific method. It is important to separate those procedures that merely sound good, make sense, or feel right from those that actually produce positive change. This really is no different from what we would expect or want when it comes to medical intervention. If one had a life-threatening medical illness, one would not take a drug merely based on the claims of the manufacturer. The patient would look for medications that have gone through scientifically rigorous examination and have proved to be effective. That way, the patient would also know the risks associated with taking them. The same should be true for any psychological intervention, including intervention for autism.


Unfortunately, many approaches claim to be effective but lack rigorous scientific testing to support the claim. Some interventions originally produced a lot of excitement based on anecdotal evidence, but have later been shown not to have any effect, for example, secretin. Other interventions have been later shown to actually be harmful when used over a long period of time, for example, fenfluramine. Therefore, it is essential that parents be well-informed and objective when deciding on an intervention for their child.


Parents should critically evaluate the evidence for the effectiveness of an approach, look for carefully conducted scientific research, and beware of pseudoscience. What the research consistently shows is that one approach meets this scientific standard, with more than three decades of research demonstrating incredible effectiveness: Intensive Behavioural Intervention based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). There is no other intervention that has been proven to be more effective or has the same amount of scientific evidence to support it. For more information, we invite you to explore research findings on the behavioural intervention of autism.

Eligibility

As soon as a parent has concerns that their child is showing signs consistent with a diagnosis of ASD, we are ready to meet with your child. Following a free consultation with one of our consultants, and a recommendation of the level of provision, the child is ready to begin sessions. Regardless of when your child is diagnosed, intervention should begin as soon as possible to start to reduce the developmental gap between your child and their peers. Services can be provided for adolescents and adults, as well as young children, and are appropriate for children at all levels of functioning. The teaching techniques used and the types of skills targeted will vary depending on the age and needs of the student.

Session Duration and Times

Typically, a session is 3 hours in duration; this depends on several factors, which include the child’s age, the child’s needs, and the schedules of programme specialist service times in your local area. Session times are typically 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. in both locations. Each session will include breaks and play times for the child.

Session Location

Services can be provided in our therapy centres in Leeds and London, in a nursery/school placement, at your child’s home, or in various community locations. The location of services should be discussed before your child begins a programme, as recommendations will vary depending on the student’s individual needs.

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