New service launched in Angus to provide Autism support

A NEW online service aimed at further supporting Angus parents of children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is to be launched.

The charity Scottish Autism has introduced its new Right Click programme, aimed at helping parents better understand and manage some of the challenges which can arise for their children and the wider family.

Right Click is a web-based programme which draws on the experience of Scottish Autism’s support team and other professionals. It features over 50 videos and additional support materials, giving advice on a range of ASD related issues.

Delivered over a five-week period, Right Click will cover the key topics which are most frequently raised via Scottish Autism’s advice line. There is a dedicated programme for young children and another for teenagers.

Topics covered include eating issues, toileting, sleep problems, developing skills for independent living and handling relationships. New content is released each week for four weeks allowing for revision of the materials in the fifth week. Parents are also assigned their own autism advisor who can be contacted to answer questions, provide clarification and give more individually-tailored advice.

Access to the programme is via membership of Scottish Autism which is £15 for an individual or £25 for a family with all proceeds helping support the on-going work of the organisation which is focused on enabling individuals with autism to have positive lives and experiences.

Charlene Tait, development director of Scottish Autism, said: “We are very excited about this new, innovative means of delivering support to parents in Angus and throughout Scotland.

“Right Click captures our knowledge and experience in managing some of the challenging issues presented to families of young people with autism and makes it accessible to parents to absorb in their own time, at their own pace and at a modest cost.

“This approach is all about enabling parents, providing them with access to ideas, information and experience so that they can be proactive or better manage any potential problems from an informed position.”