Autism Wellbeing CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise seeking to provide a range of support and wellbeing services. We are a small team of dedicated professionals who, between us, have a wealth of experience working alongside autistic people and their families.
Autism Wellbeing works in partnership with individuals and their families to foster deeper relationships, to reduce distress and to increase wellbeing. We recognise that, just as each autistic individual is unique, so too is their family set up and the relationships they have with the people around them.
Autism Wellbeing uses Responsive Communication as a simple and effective means for autistic individuals to make connections with the people who love and care for them.
Responsive Communication involves:
- taking an “inside-out” approach to autism
- responding to sensory needs
- using body language to communicate (Intensive Interaction)
- responding to emotional affect (how the person is feeling) and validating their emotional experience.
Over the course of 2017/18, Rorie Fulton, Kate Richardson and Angela Lane were awarded funding by LEADER to set up and run a pilot Responsive Communication project supporting autistic individuals and their families in Carmarthenshire. The project was a great success (details of the project can be found in the forthcoming book Responsive Communication, for more information visit https://www.pavpub.com/learning-disability/autism/responsive-communication ). Autism Wellbeing seeks to develop and build on the successes of this pilot project. We are seeking £12,000 to provide Responsive Communication support to eighteen autistic young people and their families.
Our Responsive Communication approach supports families by bringing together a group of six parents from six different families over the course of a long weekend. Our two practitioners introduce the parents to the principles of Responsive Communication and support them to reflect on this learning and how it may relate to their child and family. We then provide a home visit to each family on Day 2 and on the morning of Day 3. Using a small digital camera, the parents film their interactions with their child over the course of the weekend and bring the film back to the group on the afternoon of Day 3. As a group, the practitioners and parents watch the films and share reflections and observations. The guided reflection that takes place in these sessions on the afternoon of Day 3, when the parents and Responsive Communication Practitioners are, together, observing and reflecting on the films, contributes significantly to the positive, often transformative impacts that this way of working can achieve for individuals and their families. The autistic children and young people with whom we work typically have not met the criteria to receive any other service and often come to us when they are at crisis point.
To hear Linda’s full story please visit https://vimeo.com/340137617
To hear Geraldine’s full story please visit https://vimeo.com/340273237