Wellbeing and Autism Wheel launched at Royal Cornwall Show

­­­Calling parents or carers of a child who may be on the autism spectrum, Cornwall Council and the NHS are launching a brand new resource at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show that will help you find loads of useful advice, information and help all in one place.

The Wellbeing and Autism Wheel is a new hub for parents and carers with practical support on how to help your child, the assessment and diagnosis process, and lots of downloadable resources produced by professionals.

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This Wheel has been created by Cornwall Council in partnership with the NHS, ASDAT (autistic spectrum disorder assessment team), Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists with input from Healthwatch Cornwall, HeadStart Kernow, Volunteer Cornwall and Young People Cornwall.

The Wheel will be constantly updated with new resources and will help parents and carers:-

  • Create an individual plan based upon their child’s needs.
  • Browse over 150 resources providing practical activities to try at home, school and in the community.
  • Find out about the ins and outs of an assessment, including the initial referral process and how a diagnosis is made.
  • See the support available both with and without a diagnosis, and find services that can support their child today.
  • Find out what is available to support parents and carers.

One parent who took part in a consultation event to help develop the Wellbeing and Autism Wheel said: “I would like to say thank you for inviting me to the work shop which gives details on the new Wellbeing and Autism Wheel. I have been in a position, since being put on the ASD Diagnostic waiting list,  where I am unsure what happens next and what I am now meant to do - it made me feel better knowing I am not alone and I feel the tool you're introducing is, without a doubt, going to be of great value to me.”

Sue Newman, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Assessment Team (ASDAT) Clinical Manager and Children’s Therapy Lead said: “The idea for the Wheel arose from feedback from parents and professionals who said they couldn't find any information about the support available  for their children who were struggling with school and home life, possibly because of an autism spectrum disorder.

The small specialist assessment team in health then worked with their colleagues in Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, RCHT and Cornwall Council to provide local and general practical advice across a range of needs that families had identified as causing concern.

"I’m so pleased that we have been involved and taken an active role in improving the situation for children, young people, families and carers," said Barbara Vann, Chair of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Wheel contains information which has been endorsed by health professionals in Cornwall and we would encourage schools, families and others working with children and young people to have a look.”  

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Children and Wellbeing said:  “This brand new and exciting tool which is exclusive to Cornwall, means that parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum can access up to date, useful and supportive information all in one place.  I urge them to try it for themselves to see what is available and how they can find the help they need.”

Come and find out more on the Cornwall Council stand 95 at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Visit the website or call the family information service 0800 587 8191 for more information. 


Story posted 07 June 2018