This page is for you to keep updated about what’s happening around autism related training, resources and related work in Midlothian.
We had a request from someone who attended the event on Lonahead on March 26th who made a request for some local autism awareness training for the Mayfield area and we’d like to be able to do something practical to address that. We welcome any ideas or contributors for making autism more understood. We will follow this up with the person who suggested it, and see who would be helpful locally to make that happen.
Update from Morag Burns, Speech and Language Therapy, NHS Lothian
Our initial focus was on identifying the training requirements for staff and we have agreed to add training requirements for families to our remit. Established courses largely for nursery and school staff are offered via the training directory and we have added these to the calendar of events also. We offer some specific training to families of young children. These include Hanen More Than Words, visual supports, sensory workshops.
Information about courses is on the events calendar or you can email Morag.Burns@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Links to other training can be found in Midlothian Autism Resources
Lynne Grant (Additional Support for Learning, Midlothian Council) and Morag Burns (Speech and Language Therapy, NHS) are chairing this group.
Here’s an update from them, contact details below.
The Scottish Autism Stratgey made a recommendation that each local authority should make a plan for training.
This subgroup has been looking to devlop a tiered approach to training in Autism in line with NHS Education for Scotland Autism training Frameowrk: Optimising Outcomes.
The group has identified 4 skill levels in line with this:
Level 1- Autism Informed
Level 2- Autism Skilled
Level 3- Autism Enhanced
Level 4- Autism Expertise
The aim is that all council health and colintary secrtor staff will be matched to a training level in order to develop their knowledge, skills and practice in relation to Autism.
As a first step, the group had developed a Survey Monkey which will be sent to all public sector workers and parner agencies linked to Midlothian. Information gathered from this survey will be used to plan how training will be delivered.