New Talk­a­bil­ity scheme will help par­ents to sup­port kids af­ter autism di­ag­no­sis

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Par­ents of autis­tic chil­dren are be­ing in­tro­duced to a spe­cial pro­gramme to help them sup­port young­sters who have chal­lenges with so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

Talk­a­bil­ity, run by NHs La­nark­shire, gives par­ents tools to help chil­dren with so­cial in­ter­ac­tion or com­mu­ni­ca­tion dis­or­der, who may also have a di­ag­no­sis of autism spec­trum dis­or­der (AsD).

Par­ents who have taken part in re­cent cour­ses ex­pressed their de­light about how help­ful it had been for them and their chil­dren.

one fa­ther said he had seen “rapid im­prove­ment” in his 10-year-old son, who has AsD.

He ex­plained: “Talk­a­bil­ity was some­thing that ap­pealed to me as soon as I heard about it. I hadn’t been to any­thing like this be­fore.

“Cameron has made a lot of progress through Talk­a­bil­ity.

“I have learned an in­fi­nite amount about how to deal with his so­cial chal­lenges, the ways to im­prove my in­ter­ac­tion with him and how to de­velop his con­ver­sa­tional skills.”

Rhona Wil­liamson, NHs La­nark­shire speech and lan­guage ther­apy (sLT) clinic co­or­di­na­tor, said: “Talk­a­bil­ity en­ables chil­dren to de­velop their peo­ple skills by pro­vid­ing the par­ents with strate­gies they can use in ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions.

“Top­ics cov­ered in­clude ‘get ready for con­ver­sa­tions’, ‘help your child tune in to oth­ers’, ‘help your child be­come a story-teller’ and ‘be your child’s play coach’.

“Par­ents work with sLT staff to set in­di­vid­ual goals for their child that they will feel com­fort­able with and able to use day to day.”

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