Families First North East has a number of services which are aimed at those with ASD / Neurological conditions.

SocialEyes

SocialEyes is a new and innovative approach to facilitating social skills and social understanding with people on the autism spectrum. Launched by The National Autistic Society in 2010, this learning resource has been developed with people with autism and Asperger syndrome, along with leading professionals in the field. All SocialEyes resources have been extensively piloted and re-piloted with ongoing development and research since 2005.

SocialEyes does not ask people on the autism spectrum to change 'inappropriate' social behaviour, or to acquire social skills by copying the 'typical' behaviour of others. Instead, it gives people the option of learning social interaction skills or alternative social strategies. SocialEyes focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting a conversation, eye contact and personal space.

These session take place on a Wednesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. To make a referral to this service please contact Nicola Thompson, Section Head for Children and Young People,  on 01429 867016 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STREET ASD

The service is principally supported youth provision for young people with additional needs across Hartlepool.  Those attending are wide ranging including those who have low confidence, self-esteem or social skills, young people with learning and physical disabilities, those with autism and some who have suffered some form of emotional trauma in their lives.

Our Wednesday evening session, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm is a much smaller group aimed specifically for children with autism.

To make a referral to this service please contact Nicola Thompson, Section Head for Children and Young People, on 01429 867016 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEW FROM JANUARY 2019 !!!!

Autism Superstars

A drop-in Play and Development Session for children aged 0-5 years with additional needs Parents / carers can relax with a cuppa and a biscuit whilst their child learns and develops the skills associated with play and interaction. A diagnosis is not needed. Any concerns can be discussed privately with our Neurodevelopmental / ASD Officer who can advise and support families.

There is a small contribution of £1.50 per child required for this service per session.

To attend this group, simply turn up on a Monday between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Adult ASD Group

Families First (North East) are excited to pilot a new ASD Support Group for Adults.  Alison our ASD Lead Officer will be delivering these sessions and will be helping to support individuals overcome social, emotional and interaction difficulties. This is not a counselling service but a peer support group aimed at developing confidence and coping strategies for those situations.

This session will also be beneficial for young adults who may need support to:

  • transition onto post 16 pathway,
  • when they move onto Further Education, or
  • move on to living independently

There is a small contribution of £1.50 per adult per session.

This group will run on a Tuesday between 9.30am to 11.30am.  To make a (self) referral, please contact Alison Blaney-Wombwell on 01429 867016 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of attending.

Families Connect

Families First (North East) are delighted to launch a family support drop-in service from January 2019. Our ASD Lead Officer Alison, will provide support to families as they are undergoing an assessment for any neurodevelopmental disorder. Alison will also support families, children and adults post diagnosis. The group will host a number of guest speakers and professionals who can support you with your journey.

Refreshments will be provided and little ones are welcome.

There is a small contribution of £1.00 per adult per session

To attend this group, simply turn up on a Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Girls Support Session (Children)

Families First (North East) are delighted to begin to deliver Weekly Girls ASD / Neurodevelopmental Support Sessions. This will help build on their social and emotional skills. It will also help them develop skills such as turn taking, building friendships and techniques and support to help them express their emotions and feelings.

This group is aimed at young people aged 11 to 19 years old.

There is a small contribution of £2.00 per young per session. 

This group will take place on a Friday between 5.30pm and 7.00pm. To make a referral, please contact Alison Blaney-Wombwell on 01429 867016 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of attending.

 All sessions take place within Families First (North East), One77, 175-177 York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9EQ

Training

Our training programme for families, carers and professionals can be accessed by clicking here >>>> ASD Training

 

Families First North East is now offering Emotional Wellbeing Sessions on a 1-to-1 basis

Does your child struggle with expressing their feelings and emotions?

Would they benefit from 1:1 support sessions to help them develop coping mechanisms and give them the skills they need to express how they feel?

Is your child well behaved at school but internalising their feelings until they get home, would they benefit from having support to develop the skills they need to express their emotions throughout the day and learn ways to self-regulate?

If so, contact Alison Blaney-Wombwell on 01429 867016 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and pricing.