What we offer
Our experienced staff work with individuals to build upon their existing skills, helping them to become more independent and enjoy life to the full.
We work with service users and significant others to agree individual plans and provide daily progress updates.
We provide a range of innovative techniques to support service users including:
- TEACCH – the treatment and education of autistic and related communication with handicapped children
- Makaton – language programme using signs and symbols
- Intensive interaction – approach to teaching the pre-speech fundaments of communication.
We offer a varied timetable of activities to all of our service users in small groups.
Where appropriate we encourage service users to take part in a variety of community activities. These include:
- library visits
- horse riding
- travel training
- walking/hiking groups
- music sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra.
We also have a daily group that takes part in a shop and cook session, teaching the basics of decision making and culinary skills.
Freshly cooked meals are available for all service users, with an emphasis on choice and a healthy lifestyle.
Our state-of-the-art-centre provides a range of facilities that are specially designed for people with autism. It is decorated with neutral colours to offer a calm and low stimulus environment.
- a sensory and relaxation room
- massage and aromatherapy
- three gardens maintained by service users and staff
- bird’s nest swing and sensory activities
- training kitchen
- art and wood work sessions.
Two recent examples of successful transition
Despite many differences, both individuals struggled initially with transitioning into the Flower Lane building. Staff were highly creative in encouraging and motivating them to enter a new environment and used many different methods including the use of musical instruments, singing, computer based tasks, dance and personalised communication techniques to enter the ‘world’ of each individual.
Both individuals are now active members of the centre and after months of very slow and patient transition steps and much to their parents’ surprise, are now full members of a weekly swimming group which they thoroughly enjoy. Despite enjoying swimming, both had struggled for several years with the transition of getting into the pool and entering unfamiliar environments.
Staff worked very patiently to understand each individual’s communication style and motivating factors and developed an understanding of when to respect choice but when to challenge behaviours that were self restricting for each individual. This opportunity has enriched and extended the individuals’ sensory experiences and has helped to boost their confidence, independence and build their trust in others, which is incredibly valuable.
We continue to work on expanding their horizons in a structured and person-centred way, improving the quality of their lives and opportunities.