Children and Young People’s Autism Service (South Staffordshire) update

Welcome to the latest update from the Children and Young People’s Autism Service in South Staffordshire.

We remain committed to continuing to provide as full a service as possible during Covid-19 and would ask that you continue to follow national guidance in relation to staying alert and practicing social distancing. You can find out more at

Latest on assessments
A total of 83 appointments have so far been booked with families to commence assessments in August. Appointments for September are being arranged and families who are next due to be seen will be contacted shortly with an appointment date.
In addition to this, 228 patients have so far agreed to be transferred to Psicon and Caudwell Children and 87 first appointments have taken place – of these 53 have received an outcome. This additional capacity is prioritising families who have been waiting the longest or who have the greatest clinical need in terms of offering an assessment.
Families who have received a diagnosis from either Psicon or Caudwell Children continue to have full access to our autism service’s workshops, resources, the duty worker and other tailored interventions where clinically indicated.

We are interviewing in the coming weeks for a further Speech and Language Therapist, a Nurse, Assistant Psychologist and a Psychologist. As we continue to bolster the team we would ask that any parent/ carer of a child who is in receipt of an autism diagnosis and would wish to be involved on an interview panel to call the team on 0300 303 0691 (MondayFriday, 9am-5pm) or email

Please call the team on 0300 303 0691 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to book your place for one or more of the following upcoming online workshops.
The sessions will be hosted by the team using Microsoft Teams. Once you have called the team to book your place, you will receive a web link to access the appropriate session (NB: You do not need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your computer to join this meeting.
Click ‘watch on the web instead’ to view via your web browser).

Children and Young People’s Autism Service (South Staffordshire) update 3 August 2020
Introduction to Sensory Processing’ – Part 1 of 2 (NB: parents/ carers must attend both sessions)
Thursday 6 August, 10am-12pm
This two-part sensory interactive session is available to parents/ carers and will cover an understanding of the eight human senses and sensory integration, how they enable children to engage in activities of daily life, as well as covering the sensory difficulties that some
children with autism experience impacting on their emotional and behavioural responses in school, home, community and friendships.

Introduction to Sensory Strategies’ – Part 2 of 2 (NB: parents/ carers must attend both sessions)
Thursday 20 August, 10am-12pm
This second element of the sensory interactive session is available to parents/ carers where we will work with you to understand your own child’s sensory responses, ‘being a sensory detective’ and help you develop strategies to create routines and environments that enable your child to engage in meaningful and purposeful daily life at home and in school.

‘Transition Back to School’
Thursday 13 August, 2pm-4pm
This is a parent only workshop and is a support and advice session to help prepare your child for the transition back to school following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Feel Good’
Thursday 27 August, 9.30am-11am
This interactive session is available to children and young people aged 9+ and aims to help participants recognise their positive qualities, build self-esteem and confidence and feel good about themselves.

‘Surviving Covid’
Friday 11 September, 12pm-2pm
An interactive workshop for parents/carers focused around the experiences and challenges during Covid–19 and the changing lockdown position.

Introduction to Autism – Next Steps’
Monday 21 September, 9.30am-11am
This interactive session is available to parents/carers and will be a follow up to the online Introduction to Autism webinar. The workshop will cover the triad of impairment – social communication, social interaction and restrictive, repetitive patterns of behaviour (rigidity).

Children and Young People’s Autism Service (South Staffordshire) update
3 August 2020

Other resources
A range of resources are available to support children and families via the service web page at
A duty professional is available on 0300 303 0691 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm to offer help and support to families.

Contacting the service
 Telephone: 0300 303 0691 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday; excluding Bank Holidays)
 Email:

More information about the service can be found via MPFT’s website at The service web page features:
 Referral information (NB: Referrals into the service can only be made by a professional who has met with the child and family)
 Frequently asked questions that provide more information both to current and new users of the service
 Information should urgent help be required
 Contact details for a number of other useful services and organisations
 Workshop information
 Previous weekly updates
 Voice for Change session feedback
 Resources
 Videos

If you need urgent help between the hours of 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday, you can contact the Single Point of Access directly on 0300 303 0691, or call First Response (social care and health) on 0800 1313 126.

If you need urgent help out of hours (evenings, weekends or bank holidays) please contact:
 NHS 111, who have access to on-call mental health professionals; or the
 First Response Emergency Duty Team on 0345 604 2886
 In the event of a medical emergency please go straight to A&E.
The Trust’s 24/7 urgent NHS mental health service provides telephone support, advice and triage for all ages. The Freephone number to call for people living in South Staffordshire is 0808 196 3002 (NB: this telephone line cannot provide advice on Coronavirus symptoms).
Children and Young People’s Autism Service (South Staffordshire) update
3 August 2020
Should a parent/carer have a specific question relating to the care of their child, we ask that they email
The Trust’s Customer Services Team is also available for advice and support and provides information on NHS and social care services. They can be contacted by:
 Email:
 Telephone: 01785 783026
 A website form is also available by clicking here

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