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Autism Spectrum

EDICT’s autism services provides therapeutic art activities, social opportunities, friendships, employability support, further education and distance learning courses, and regular weekly sessions to children and young adults diagnosed with autism. These activities are designed to foster increased connection to self, their community, as well as improved health and wellbeing. The therapeutic arts activities at EDICT are designed to develop self-expression and enhance creativity. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, and other creative exercises, participants can explore their emotions and experiences in a safe and comfortable environment. These activities provide a valuable sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction, while also helping to increase self-confidence.

Social opportunities are also available through participation in activities in the SSD Hub space we have created for the young people. These activities give participants the chance to interact with peers, practice their social skills, and develop friendships. They create a sense of belonging and provide a safe space to explore relationships.

In addition to the therapeutic arts activities and social opportunities, Autism Spectrum Service also provides employability support and further education opportunities, in partnership with other local services.. Through vocational training and job placement assistance, participants can gain the skills and confidence necessary to pursue meaningful employment. Further education opportunities are available to those wishing to pursue a college or university degree, or to pursue distance learning courses.

Regular weekly sessions are an important part of the services provided by Autism Spectrum Service. These sessions allow participants to receive ongoing support, while also providing a space to practice the skills they have learned and gain valuable feedback on their progress. By attending these sessions, participants benefit from the consistency and regularity that help foster positive behaviour change.

Finally, evaluation evidence is collected to help measure the improvement of health and wellbeing of participants. This evidence can be used to determine the effectiveness of the services provided and inform decisions on how to best meet the needs of individual participants.

We are committed to helping children and young adults on the autism spectrum reach their fullest potential and lead fulfilling lives.