Step 2 – The hub
Ratio 5:1 with initial settlement period from key-worker (1:1 for first six weeks).
Once the young person feels comfortable and able to actively participate at this level within the programme, the young person will be actively encouraged to access activities and support programmes delivered within the hub.
The importance of accessing services within the hub provides opportunity for the young person to access –
-A range of timetabled activities including arts/crafts, board games/card games (Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering), cooking, photography, console /pc gaming, pamper sessions etc.
-Opportunity to meet likeminded young autistic people
-Develop social skills and meet new friends
-Begin to enjoy time spent outside of the house and have a meaningful reason to leave their home.
-Access timetabled support and self-management sessions including mindfulness classes, money management sessions, etc, etc, etc
-Opportunity to access support and advice from external professionals and organisations, i.e., advisors from the Job Centre & Citizens Advice Bureau, local police and fire officers.
-A partnership approach of support between Synolos and home, sharing successful strategies and ensuring these approaches are consistent across the board.
Other benefits of accessing the hub may include –
-A meaningful reason to get up in the morning and may help promote a better sleep routine
-A meaningful reason to leave the family home
-A meaningful reason to take pride in self-appearance & hygiene
-Improvement in mental health and well-being
-Improved self-worth and a greater sense of belonging
-Access to the counties first holistic and bespoke transition service for 16 – 30-year-olds devoted to only autistic young people in transition from childhood services to adulthood
-Access to a broader range of likeminded peers, offering a greater expansion of local friends created in a safe ‘autism friendly’ environment