Autism help on offer

A new online service to support Dumfries and Galloway parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is to be launched.

The charity Scottish Autism has introduced its new Right Click programme, aimed at helping parents to better understand and manage some of the challenges they face.

Right Click is a web-based programme which draws on the experience of Scottish Autism’s support team and other professionals. It features more than 50 videos and additional support materials.

Delivered over a five-week period, Right Click will cover the key topics which are most frequently raised via Scottish Autism’s advice line. There is a dedicated programme for young children and another for teenagers. Topics covered include eating issues, toileting, sleep problems, developing skills for independent living and handling relationships.

New content is released each week for four weeks allowing for revision of the materials in the fifth week. Parents are also assigned their own autism adviser.

Access to the programme is via membership of Scottish Autism which is £15 for an individual or £25 for a family, with all proceeds helping support the ongoing work of the organisation.

Charlene Tait, Development Director of Scottish Autism, said: “We are very excited about this new, innovative means of delivering support to parents in Dumfries and Galloway and throughout Scotland. Right Click captures our knowledge and experience in managing some of the challenging issues presented to families of young people with autism and makes it accessible to parents to absorb in their own time, at their own pace and at a modest cost.

“The programmes are focused on providing support to parents of both young, recently diagnosed children and teenagers as we know that this can be an especially challenging time for families. This approach is all about enabling parents, providing them with access to ideas, information and experience so that they can be proactive or better manage any potential problems from an informed position.

For more information, visit www.scottishautism.org.