Family Support Wales offers a range of services to support your child in community activities. Our staff are trained to deal with challenges and potential difficulties that may occur. Our staff are experienced in supporting children whose lives are impacted by such difficulties as autism and ADHD.
We understand the benefit of social inclusion and how a diagnosis can impact on this. Our aim is to look at the child first and promote the qualities within them, and look at the diagnosis second. There are many challenges for our young ones in everyday life. We work with children and families to identify the behaviours that are conclusive to emotional age range, specific to diagnosis, synonymous with social and educational delay and behaviours integral to coping with the anxieties of day to day life. We support and guide children and families to understand and manage behaviours through many different routes, some of these will include looking at consequences, social awareness and behavioural strategies. Our support is offered alongside regular social and community activities and is child centered in its approach with each service being supported subjectively to its needs.
Our staff are trained in PBM (Positive Behavioural Management) and PBS (Positive Behavioural Support) to ensure the safety of those we support. Our staff will work to recognised support plan in relation to how we support your child or family member through periods of behavioural difficulties while involving them in community activities.
Our senior support staff are ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) trained and will oversee service requirements for those who use this method through education or other means. We will work with you and a recognised support plan to offer community inclusion while maintaining the ABA structure that supports your child.
We work closely with families, social and health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
We can offer 1-2-1 and 2-2-1 support that will enable your child to be involved in community activities. Our aim is to support:
- Community involvement
- Social activities and inclusion
- Positive role model and mentor
- Recreation and time out in your community
Our trained staff can support your child to enjoy activities such as:
- Ten Pin Swansea
- Play Zone
- Folly Farm
All activities are risk assessed with parents/responsible individuals to ensure the safety of both child and staff. We will work with you to look at realistic options that will support community involvement and inclusion. Our staff will work with you to ensure the boundaries you set are maintained in the way you request. We understand the importance of continuity of care and how recognised boundaries play an important part in a young persons life especially if there are health concerns impacting on behavior.
Your child’s medical needs
Your child’s medical and healthcare needs are the responsibility of your local NHS health services.
This includes any medical equipment, such as special beds, bed equipment, hoists, and aids to help with incontinence, mobility or hearing. It’s usually provided free.
If your child needs regular healthcare treatment at home, your family may be supported by community children’s nurses. They can also help with any treatment you need to carry out for your child, such as giving oxygen or injections.
Your child may receive a continuing care package if they have needs arising from disability, an accident or illness that can’t be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.
Find out more about continuing care for children and young people (PDF, 564kb).
Children who have a continuing care package have the right to a personal health budget so that their families and carers can have more control over their care.
Find out more about personal health budgets.
Daily living with a disabled child
Your local authority is responsible for providing any non-medical care services your child is assessed as needing. This could include equipment for daily living, home care, access to play schemes, and respite care so that you can have a break.
To access services from your local authority, you’ll need to ask for your child to have a needs assessment. Your needs, and the rest of your family’s, can be considered during your child’s assessment.
If the assessment doesn’t address your needs as a carer, you can ask for your own carer’s assessment.
Contact us and request to discuss your needs with one of our child care community managers and see how Family Support Wales can support you.