National Autistic Society Services in Northamptonshire include:Northamptonshire Day CentreThe day centre
offers a friendly and highly-structured environment for adults with autism. NAS build programmes around the needs of each person who uses the centre and staff use low arousal approaches to help people remain calm and relaxed.
They use the TEACCH programme as the basis for supporting every person who attends the day centre. TEACCH incorporates written schedules - which provide structure for the people using the day centre - and an autism-specific means of communication. They also support other forms of communication, such as Social Stories®, Makaton®, Singalong and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication).
This centre is for adults (aged 18+) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.Northamptonshire Resource Centre The resource centre
provides support for adults on the autism spectrum (ASD) who are in full or part-time education and wish to be supported at college and/or on their days off.
If this resource centre has been named in your education plan; and you think you may require transport, contact them directly for transport information.
Any eligibility for transport for those with special educational needs, where this resource centre has been named in their education plan, will be in accordance with Northamptonshire County Council’s Post 16 Travel Policy.
This centre is for students (aged 16+) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.Employment SupportThe NAS employment team
provide flexible, bespoke support to adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder who are in or looking for employment, work placements or volunteering roles.
Whether it is developing social skills, writing or improving CVs or increasing their own or their employer's understanding of autism, staff support each person to feel confident and prepared when finding and maintaining work.
This service is for adults (aged 18+) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.Supported LivingThe supported living service
enables adults with a diagnosis of autism to live independently in their own home and to engage with their local community. With appropriate support, many autistic people can live successfully either alone, with others, or in shared tenancies. NAS staff provide support that is tailored to meet each person's needs.
Support ranges from a few hours each week to help with the challenges of everyday life, to more comprehensive care packages and 24-hour supported living for those with more complex needs. The supported management service enables people to hold their own tenancy agreement with a landlord. They can also offer structure within the home, so that tenants can successfully abide by their tenancy agreements. Each person is supported to develop basic living skills such as self-care, laundry, cooking and budgeting.
This service is for adults (aged 18+) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.One to One SupportThe One to One Support service
is designed meet the day-to-day needs of adults and young people with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Support is tailored to people's individual requirements and helps them to live as independently as possible, it can help people build their confidence and develop independence in all aspects of their life. Every package is unique, person-centred and focused on the needs, wishes and aspirations of each person.
Support packages include:
• autism-specific, person-centred approaches (TEACCH, PECs, etc)
• support with goal-setting
• support with general issues relating to autism
• strategies to keep safe
• support to maintain relationships with family and friends
• opportunities to go out and about in the community.
This service is for adults and young people (aged 16+) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.Residential Homes
NAS offer specialist support in Northamptonshire for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, through two residential homes in Wellingborough. Gillitts Road -
97 Gillitts Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2HX
• Two five-bedroom homes, 'Beige House' and 'Green House', and 'The Flat', a two-bedroom apartment created to promote independent living skills (12 beds)
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Adults living at Gillitts Road are given highly tailored support to help them lead happy, more independent lives. Heath Rise -
4 Heath Rise, Wellingborough, NN8 5QN
• 18-40 years
• a five-bedroom, privately-owned house (5 beds)
NAS' community housing scheme, Heath Rise, helps adults who live there to be active members of their community in an independent living environment.Higher Education Support ServiceThe NAS Student Support Service
supports students in higher education to ensure that they reach their full potential during their time at university. Students can use the service during the transition from school or college to life at university and then from fresher's week to graduation. Working closely with both academic and non-academic staff, NAS can help the university meet an individual student's needs.
The service offers a range of options, tailored to meet each student's needs:
• mentoring sessions to help students develop strategies in time management, social behaviour and organisation
• a key worker or study buddy to underpin the mentor's support across the student's day
• support out of class, including group assignments
This service is for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in higher education. The service is funded by Disability Student Allowance (DSA). This must be in place to to able to use the service, unless funding is available from other sources. Further Education Support Service
NAS support autistic adults who are in full- or part-time education and wish to be supported at college and/or on their days off, in the resource centre. NAS also work with Northampton College to provide a programme supporting autistic students looking to move onto further education called 'Moving On'.Education Outreach Service
The NAS Education Outreach Service provide specialist tutoring to all school-aged pupils with a diagnosis of ASD who, for a number of reasons, are having difficulty accessing their current education provision.
A NAS qualified teacher can deliver all areas of the curriculum to primary or secondary aged pupils who are either attending full-time, part-time or are not attending at all. Teaching is personalised and tailored to pupils' individual needs. NAS is committed to ensure that all students who access the Education Outreach Services are supported with their transition back in to school to access mainstream/special education.
Pupils can be taught one-to-one within a variety of settings, including at home, at school, or at certain settings within the community (such as a local library). Pupils can also be taught at NAS Education Outreach Service’s base at the Diamonds Business Centre in Irthlingborough. This is a low-arousal learning environment that is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of pupils with ASD.
The NAS Education Outreach Service also provides support for student re-engagement with school, challenging behaviour and attend any relevant meetings (such as EHA and TAF meetings) for each pupil they work with.
This is service is for school-aged pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder who have been referred to the service by their school or another professional.
Contact Claire Burton on 07881944584 or email 'Claire.Burton@nas.org.uk'