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Community Support for Adults

 

Birmingham Pre and Post Diagnostic Support Service 

Our Birmingham service is funded by Birmingham City Council. To use the service, adults must live in the Birmingham City Council area.

PLEASE NOTE – this service currently has a waiting list to access an appointment.  We are still able to accept referrals and add you to our list where we will contact you as soon as we can.  Currently the wait for an appointment is around 5 months.

The service currently offers:

  • Information, advice and guidance to autistic adults
  • Information, advice and guidance to parents/carers of autistic adults
  • Information, advice and guidance to professionals involved in the support of autistic adults

 

Autism Confident Programme

This course aims to help you understand more about autism as part of a small group.  It will allow you to discuss your experiences, hear the experiences of others, and develop strategies that could help you in your day-to-day life.  This course is primarily aimed at newly diagnosed adults, however if you are undiagnosed or have been diagnosed some time and feel it would help to learn more about autism, do please contact us.

To attend the programme you will need to be able to commit to 8 consecutive weeks, for 2 hours per week.  The 8-week programme is currently delivered online although we hope to be able to deliver face to face groups once it is safe to do so.

The course is delivered in the following way:

Week 1  – A 1:1 meeting with our group leader who will be delivering the course.  They will talk you through what to expect on the programme and if there are any specific goals you may have

Weeks 2 – 7 will be made up of group sessions delivered on the following topics:

  • Autism Awareness
  • Social Communication
  • Theory of Mind
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Disclosure

Week 8 – A 1:1 meeting with the group lead.  They will review how helpful the course has been and support you to identify the next steps you wish to take.

At the end of the course you will be able to access a monthly daytime social group for a period of 12 months if you would like to do so.

Eligibility:

In order to take part in the course you must:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Have a GP registered to Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (we can check this for you)
  • You must also be able to participate in a small group setting
  • You must be able to commit to the 8 weeks of the course
  • You do not need to have a diagnosis to access this opportunity

 

What people attending the course have said:

  • Autism confident is “first step I would take to get an insight into yourself”
  • “Absolutely brilliant. I learnt so much and could really relate to it. It has helped me to understand myself”.
  • “Suddenly everything makes a lot more sense. So much resonated with me it was like a veil had been lifted”.
  • “I really liked the small group sessions, it allows people to speak, a good opportunity to practice talking and other skills”

If you would like more information on either of the services above, please contact

our Autism Information Helpline: info@autismwestmidlands.org.uk

Walsall Befriending Group
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