Learning Disabilities and Autism

We offer a comprehensive range of services for individuals with learning disabilities and autism, and their families. These include:

  • Assessments and Diagnosis: We provide expert assessments to diagnose learning disabilities and autism, ensuring individuals receive the right support they need.
  • Individualized Support Plans: We develop personalized plans that address each individual’s strengths, challenges, and goals. These plans may include:
    • Educational support: Working with schools and educators to develop effective learning strategies and accommodations.
    • Speech and language therapy: Helping individuals improve their communication skills.
    • Occupational therapy: Developing skills for daily living tasks like self-care and managing sensory sensitivities.
    • Behavioral therapy: Addressing challenging behaviors and teaching positive coping mechanisms.
    • Social skills training: Helping individuals build and maintain relationships.
    • Family support: Providing resources and guidance to families and caregivers.
  • Community Outreach and Education: We raise awareness about learning disabilities and autism through workshops, events, and online resources.

Our Approach

  • Person-centered care: We focus on the individual and their unique needs, preferences, and goals.
  • Evidence-based practices: We use best practices and latest research to ensure the effectiveness of our services.
  • Collaboration: We work closely with families, educators, healthcare providers, and other professionals to provide a coordinated and comprehensive support system.
  • Empowerment: We believe in empowering individuals with learning disabilities and autism to reach their full potential.

STOMP: Supporting Overmedication of People with Learning Disabilities and Autism

Introducing STOMP:

STOMP stands for Stopping Overmedication of People with Learning Disabilities and Autism. It’s a national campaign advocating for better understanding and appropriate use of medication in supporting individuals with learning disabilities and autism.

Why is STOMP important?

Overmedication can be a significant issue for people with learning disabilities and autism. Some studies suggest that they are up to five times more likely to be prescribed powerful antipsychotic medication compared to the general population.

Medication can be useful in managing challenging behavior, but it should always be considered as a last resort, and only after exploring other support options. Overmedication can have serious and harmful side effects, impacting physical and mental health, quality of life, and overall well-being.

What does STOMP do?

STOMP aims to:

  • Raise awareness about the risks and dangers of overmedication for people with learning disabilities and autism.
  • Empower individuals and families to make informed decisions about medication.
  • Promote alternative and non-medical support strategies.
  • Advocate for better training and practice for healthcare professionals regarding medication use in this population.

How We Support Service Users

We aim to play a crucial role in supporting STOMP’s mission.

  • We ensure our staff understand the risks and dangers of overmedication, alternative support strategies, and the principles of positive behavior support.
  • We empower service users and families by providing information and resources about medication risks, support them in advocating for their preferences, and help them develop informed decision-making skills.
  • We promote alternative strategies by offering a range of non-medical interventions, such as behavior management techniques, communication support, sensory therapies, and social skills training.
  • We work with healthcare professionals by collaborating with doctors and other healthcare providers to promote evidence-based prescribing practices and reduce unnecessary medication use.

Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training

Our staff complete Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training to ensure they have better skills, knowledge and understanding of the needs for autistic people and people with a learning disability.

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