Children’s Community Autism Support Service (CCASS)

The CCASS service is for children and young people (up until their 19th birthday) who are on the neurodevelopmental waiting list for an autism diagnosis, or who have previously received a diagnosis but require support, and their families.

The service is not open to anyone working with CAMHS RISE for therapeutic work or social care/early help or a family support worker.

The service can offer low level support, focussing on understanding, communication, sensory integration, processing, behaviour, self-esteem, and daily routines and activities.

The service can help children, young people and families with setting goals related to management of the young person’s neurodevelopmental needs and achieving them to improve the lived experience of the child.

This may include:

      • Understanding what a diagnosis of autism means to the child
      • Maintaining & improving engagement with education
      • Strengthening family relationships
      • Preventing escalation of mental health issues & reducing behaviours of concern
      • Increasing resilience & improving health and wellbeing
      • Developing independent living skills & managing life transitions
      • Accessing the community and socialising

FREE Act for Autism workshops for 2021

Act for Autism in collaboration with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind are offering a series of Warwickshire County Council commissioned workshops as part of the Community Autism Support Service (CASS).

The service can currently support with:

One to one support for children and young people  

(on referral) 

 

This support is currently still being delivered remotely due to Covid 19 restrictions, but this is being continually monitored and assessed based on Government guidance.  

The service uses goal-based outcomes.   

 

Online social support groups for children and young people  

(on referral) 

Theme based, age appropriate (7-11, 11-15 and 16+) virtual youth clubs for young people residing in Coventry and Warwickshire.  

  • Creative club (craft and cooking) 
  • Kahoot Quiz  
  • Pictionary/Draw Battles
  • Building a Minecraft secure server
  • Coming soon….. Dungeons and Dragons
  • And even more in development….  

Siblings are also welcome to attend sessions of the online clubs. 

Online social peer support groups for parents/carers  

– Strategies for Coping – Toolbox 

(self-referral) 

These sessions are open to parents/carers of children & young people across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Parent to parent peer support / coaching group aimed at improving parents’ understanding of autism, peer led activities and offer peer support and experience sharing.

Booking via Eventbrite  

(You will need to book each individual session that you wish to attend)

Tuesday 7-8pm 

Thursday 1-2pm

Online training for parents 

(self-referral) 

Currently delivering 5 workshops aimed at supporting parents with understanding autism promoting good mental health, behaviour, communication, increasing social skills, etc.  

Sign up via Eventbrite here: http://cwmindcypservices.eventbrite.com/  

Recorded previous sessions can also be accessed HERE 

Online resources for autism support  

Information from Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, National Mind and other local and national organisations offered in accessible and colourful format. 

www.cwmind.org.uk/autism-resources 

Autism Support Service Newsletters  Parents / carers can subscribe to the newsletter HERE 
Online resources for wellbeing and mental health 

Set up primarily for young people this CW Mind page offers useful exercises, links and information provided by National Mind and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, in an accessible ‘bite-size’ format. 

 

www.cwmind.org.uk/information-centre-for-young-people  

Online drop-in consultation session for schools or professionals working with families of autistic children and young people.

These sessions are designed for schools or professionals working with families who would have been referred into the service. This will offer an opportunity to discuss an anonymised child or young person with the team to see if there are any suggestions, resources or signposting that could support at this time.  

All sessions run from 4 – 5.30pm via Zoom

To book spaces please visit the following links

Training for Professionals  

A range of training sessions including “Understanding the Autistic Spectrum” 

Courses delivered by the CW Mind training team. Sessions can be tailored for those working with children and young people or adults (at present online delivery only).  

The course “Understanding the Autistic Spectrum” training covers: 

  • Characteristics on the condition 
  • Autism-friendly communication styles 
  • Latest research and ways to prevent stigma 
  • Referral routes and resources 

To check prices and book spaces please visit HERE 

The majority of sessions are currently still being provided virtually in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions, but this is constantly being monitored and reviewed.

Referrals

Referrals will require a completed referral form – please use the button below (form opens in a new tab)

Referrals for the service can be made directly to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind using this form

Referrals should be sent from the child or young person’s education provision (SENCo, Educational Psychology etc).

Funded through Warwickshire County Council and delivered across Coventry and Warwickshire, this service sits alongside Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s children and young people’s department, CAMHS Rise and Specialist CAMHS. This service is to strengthen existing autism support within current services.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates and spread the news to raise awareness.

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