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					THE JIGSAW OF
    EARLY
INTERVENTION
           The Keyhole Early Intervention
                     Project
           U.U./PAPA (1999 – 2002) funded by E.U.
WHY?
       •    FINDINGS OF SCOPING STUDY (1998)
       •    NEED TO ESTABLISH PRACTICE THAT WAS HOLISTIC
       •    LOCAL RESEARCH TO INSPIRE LOCAL SOLUTIONS BASED ON LOCAL EXPERTISE

HOW?
       •    TO DEVELOP REGIONAL CROSS AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS
       •    TO INFORM FUTURE PLANNING/LOBBY
       •    EARLY INTERVENTION THERAPIST (ASD) EMPLOYED (A FIRST FOR N.I.)
       •    FOCUS GROUPS/QUESTIONNAIRES

WHAT?                      KEYHOLE




   ACCESS PARENT         KEYHOLE HOME          KEYHOLE

       WORKSHOPS         INTERVENTION        EARLY YEARS     +    CONNECTING   = JIGSAW
                         PROGRAMME             TRAINING                              OF
                          (STATUTORY                                WITH           EARLY
                           PROVISION)        (NIPPA, AUTISM NI,                INTERVENTION
                                               BARNARDO’S)         AUTISM
       THE JIGSAW OF EARLY
.         INTERVENTION
The Jigsaw uses the recommendations of the Keyhole Early
  Intervention Programme:-
Home Intervention; Parent and Professional Training and
  the Development of resources.

    The Jigsaw of Early Intervention Project consists of the
    coordination of various existing Early Years ASD
    Projects and the phased delivery of these across
    N.Ireland
   Early Intervention Therapy
   Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  WESTERN AREA SUPPORT PROJECT

Purpose of the project:
“To assist in ensuring the early diagnosis and
  assessment of children with ASD and to facilitate
  children’s access to early interventions and
  informed pre-school education resulting in the
  minimisation of ASD effects and the full pre-
  school potential.”
    Early Intervention - WASP
This intervention is based on all the elements
 of the Keyhole Research project:-

 Individual home based programmes
 Training for Parents
 Training for Professionals
Home Intervention Programme
 Referrals from the Community Assessment
 Team, with the child having a formal
 diagnosis of ASD

 An individualised programme of visits in
 family homes – maximum of 14 visits on a
 one or two weekly basis to suit the family
 needs
Home Intervention Programme
Initial Visits :- looking at
   – How the family are coping
   – Key concerns re-child
   – Developing knowledge of ASD and associated
     features and how this is affecting their child
   – Sensory; communication;behavioural issues
   – Introducing structuring and visual programmes
     using the child’s strengths
 Home Intervention Programme
Later visits :- focusing on
   – Helping parents to be confident in relating to their child
   – Tailoring programmes to individual child and family
     needs.
   – Guiding the parents to use child’s strengths of structure
     and visual aids
   – Supporting parents to use practical strategies to help
     with sensory; communication; behaviour
   – Supporting parents in helping child be as independent
     as possible
Home Intervention Programme
Throughout all visits to :-
   – Listen
   – Offer advice
   – Offer support
   – Encourage and empower
   – Aim for small realistic steps in progress
   – Bring out the child’s strengths
   – Were appropriate liase with other professionals
     working with the child
    ACCESS

PARENT DISCUSSION

   WORKSHOPS
    ACCESS
TALKING A LUXURY

SHARING A PRIVILEGE
              ACCESS
    ACCESS aims to enable parents to
recognise their existing skills and strengths
and empower them with the knowledge of
support systems for a family living with a
child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
THINKING BEHIND ACCESS
  ACCESS opens the door:-
 A – Autism knowledge and understanding
 C - Communication
 C - Connection to local services
 E - Empathy and empowerment
 S - Security in a safe environment
 S - Sustainable support
FORMAT OF ACCESS PARENT
      WORKSHOPS
   6 x 2.5 hours - delivered over consecutive weeks

   Held in a centrally located venue

   Criteria for referral – parents of a child awaiting
    or who has just received a diagnosis of Autistic
    Spectrum Disorder. Maximum of ten parents per
    workshop

   Parents can self-refer or be referred by an agency
    involved with the family
        ACCESS PARENT
          WORKSHOP
 Session 1 – My child
 Session 2 – Social support
 Session 3 – Looking at Autism
 Session 4 – Services and benefits
 Session 5 – Going forward
 Session 6 - Getting the best from your
               child
                WHY ACCESS

ACCESS opens the way to further :-

   Information
   Advice
   Support
   Training for parents /further courses on ASD
   Conferences
   Local support from Autism NI (PAPA)Branches
   Extended family workshops :- Siblings;
    Grandparents; Father’s only and Autism And You
    (ASD training for all family members)
Personal words from a parent.
  “Thanks for helping me to understand Jade better
 and for helping me to get my head around the way
 she lives her life, so different from the rest of the
 family. You made it easier for me to cope and
 work with her.

     Thanks for all your wise words.”


                         Linda Sharkey.
Keyhole Autism Training

(Professional Training)
KEYHOLE Autism Training In
    The Early Years
AUTISM NI         NIPPA            BARNARDOS

 Keyhole Training is offered to Early Years
 Practitioners, working with children with ASD in
 their work settings, through out N. Ireland.


  Pre-School Children With Autism
  Developing a Visually Structured Approach
(AQA Accredited - 12 1/2 hours)
         COURSE AIMS

The course aims to enhance knowledge
 about Autism and the intervention
 strategies which are effective in
 assisting young children achieve their
 potential
               Course Outline
   Session 1 – An introduction to Autism

   Session 2 – Structured Teaching

   Session 3 - Structured Teaching contd.

   Session 4 – Communication

   Session 5 – Bringing It All Together
      What participants have said
         about the training
I now understand            This training has
Autism better and feel I    made me more
could cope with a child     aware of the needs
with Autism in the          of a child with
setting                     Autism
                                              Very enjoyable
                                              training which taught
                                              me a lot about Autism


I am more aware. More
knowledgeable so I feel
more capable of working
                                               I now have more
with the children. The
                                               knowledge about
course gave guidance that
                                                Autism and the
we can never have
                                               needs of the child
enough of.”
                                                 in our setting.
CONNECTING WITH
    AUTISM

     Keyhole®
Rainbow Resource Kit



Children Will Achieve
     CONNECTING WITH
         AUTISM

    The CWA Project was designed to consolidate
and extend the achievements of The Keyhole
Early Intervention Project (www.autismni.org)
through the creation and dissemination of Home
Activity Kits. These will utilise and link the
motivation of parents to the expertise of specialist
professionals across.
    CWA PROJECT’S AIM

  The CWA Project’s over all aim is:-

“To help families minimise the effects of
 Autism and to ensure the educational and
 social development of children with Autism
 to their full pre-school potential.”
    CWA POTENTIAL AREAS
     FOR DEVELOPMEMT
 Play skills
 Communication skills
 Social skills
 Self Help skills
 Coping with changes in routine
 Everyday family life will be less stressful
 Parent skills enhanced within ASD
         PURPOSE OF THE
          CWA PROJECT?
   Develop and design the contents of the
    “Keyhole® Rainbow Resource Kit”

   Recruit parents and carers to undertake a
    pilot programme, designed to promote the
    pre-school learning and development of
    children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
   Support parents and carers through home visits
    by a CWA Practitioner and introduction of the
    Keyhole® Rainbow Resource Kit
            ____________________

   Establish the structures necessary to ensure that
    learning from the project is thoroughly
    assimilated into the work of professionals
    specialising in Autism across N.I.

   Establish the structures to ensure the learning
    from the project is externally evaluated.
KEYHOLE® RAINBOW
  RESOURCE KIT


   CONTENTS
  KEYHOLE® RAINBOW
RESOURCE KIT CONTENTS
A Set of Five Booklets and a Fridge Magnet
   _______________________
   > A Positive Start For Life
   >ASD Top Twelve Tips (fridge magnet)
   > Parent To Parent
   > Play
   > Communication and Socialisation
   > Making Sense of Sensory
         Kit Contents contd.
 One Structured Activity Velcro Tray
  with 2 matching activities
      1/ animals 2/ coloured shapes
 One Rainbow Resource Kit Folder contents-
     > Resource Kit Recipe Card
      Visual Instruction Card   > Visual Symbols
      First and Then           > All Done
      Play Mat    > No > Here > Turn Taking Cards
        Kit Contents contd.
One Distracter(Tangle) Toy and Instructions
One Jigsaw
One Bean Bag
One Glove Puppet
One Autism NI (PAPA) Information Pack
The promotion of the Keyhole® Rainbow Resource
  Kit as a component of “The Jigsaw of Early
  Intervention” Early Years model, both locally and
  abroad.
The ongoing development of the Kits.
The ongoing availability of the Kits.
The offer of Professional Accredited Training.
The ongoing development of a good quality
  assurance systems

 The promise that these Kits will continue to be used
  by more and more families to bring about positive
  changes in the lives of young children with
             Autism.
CWA PARENT COMMENTS
   “I can now see more things from Jack’s
    point of view,from his world. Before the
    “Keyhole Rainbow Resource Kit” I was at a
    loss to really know what to do. Now Jack is
    more confident in play and is displaying
    more appropriate skills.
    Thank you for this opportunity.”
CWA PARENT COMMENT

“It was like being let in on a secret,

a secret that would change everything

                 for the best.”
  THE

KEYHOLE

BOOKLETS
 THE KEYHOLE BOOKLETS
Aim of the Booklets:-
 Simple advise on where to start and how to
  encourage child development
 To give parents increased understanding of their
  child’s difficulties
 Enable parents to try a range of strategies for each
  development area
 Enable and empower parents to make decisions
  about what their child needs to learn
 A therapy resource for others working with
  families who have a child with ASD>
 THE KEYHOLE BOOKLETS
Booklet one - “What is Autism”
 A general summary of Autism, with
 accompanying checklists for parents to
 judge the strengths and weaknesses of their
 child and as a record of progress in the areas
 of attention, play, understanding,
 communication and social interaction.
 THE KEYHOLE BOOKLETS
Booklet two :- “Play”
  Focuses on how to introduce structure into the
  home to encourage structured play, so helping
  they child to understand play.

Booklet three :- “Interaction”
  Provides advise and suggestions on how to
  encourage interaction with the child with ASD
 THE KEYHOLE BOOKLETS
Booklet four :- “Communication”
  Explores how others need to change their
  communication to help the child understand more.
  The use of visual communication strategies and
  development of meaningful and spontaneous
  communication

Booklet five :- “Self Help Skills”
  General advise on teaching self help skills
 THE KEYHOLE BOOKLETS
Booklet six :- “Behaviour”
  Advise on dealing with situations when parents of
  young children with ASD often experience
  difficulties.

Booklet seven :- “A Guide for Babysitters
  and Child Minders”
  Acknowledges and looks at the unique
  individuality of each child with ASD.
THE KEYHOLE BOOKLETS

A PRACTICAL RESOURCE
    The JIGSAW of Early
        Intervention
The aim of the Jigsaw Project is to put each
of the previously named strategies and
resources into place across N. Ireland, thus
empowering families, carers, and early
years professionals of children with ASD,
the knowledge to minimise the potentially
divesting effects of Autism on each
individual child’s development.
     THE JIGSAW
OF EARLY INTERVENTION

  AN EXTERNALLY
    EVALUATED
 WWW.AUTISMNI.ORG

   MODEL OF BEST
     PRACTICE

				
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