Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland Scottish Social Services Council Peninsula Accredited Standard

Day Services

73 Main Street, Torrance, Glasgow, G64 4EN
Tel:01360 622 666

Respite House

Ashleigh Cottage, Main Street, Gargunnock, Stirlingshire, FK8 3TL

Care Services Support Model

Providing day care focusing on learning disability and the mental health of vulnerable adults

It is widely recognised that as many as 25% of individuals with an ASD have no speech. In addition to the myriad other difficulties and deficits which such persons have and experience, this is surely one of the most frustrating. Imagine being unable to convey your wishes and wants easily. Many people in that situation retreat even further into themselves, whilst others become distressed and angry. The result is even more isolation and exclusion from society. How then can this be addressed?

At Orems we would never pretend to have all of the answers; however we do practise a wide range of communicative interventions to ease the burden for those whom we support.  The following are some of these:

  • The Social Story format (Gray, 1991) is widely used in supporting individuals at Orems. A Social Story is meant to share social information in a caring reassuring manner. It is designed to improve understanding of events and provide certainty in terms of what the person should expect from the activity. Whilst this format is not appropriate for all persons with an ASD, those for whom it is suitable benefit hugely and respond very effectively.
  • We use Makaton, a language programme which uses signs and symbols to communicate.
  • PECS - The Picture Exchange Communication System uses pictures to develop communication skills. (Bondy & Frost, 1992)
  • We use sign language specific to a single individual, often developed by family etc. Also printed signs and symbols are used by some service users at Orems.
  • Echolalia, which is the repetition of speech made by another person (either immediate or delayed), is very common in those with an ASD. Up to 75% of such individuals (Prizant, 1983) exhibit echolalia in some form. It was previously thought of as a meaningless function; however it has come to be understood that it has many uses for such individuals. Some of these are: turn taking in conversation; initiating conversation: affirmation of another’s utterance or even utterances used in synchronicity with the person’s actions. It is therefore a useful tool for those with an ASD, not a meaningless one. We therefore engage with and monitor such speech to provide and maintain meaningful contact.

We encourage individuals to learn and enhance their IT skills; this has proved highly successful within our service. Many have gained qualifications and enhanced communication skills together with a sense of achievement and validation of self. check out what we've been up to on our Gallery

Many persons with an ASD have a natural talent for art and photography; various individuals whom we support are adept at either one or both of these.

This list is by no means exhaustive. If an individual shows an interest in expressing him or herself in any constructive manner, we at Orems will endeavour to facilitate this interest in whichever way we can.

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