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April 15, 2015

ASC Choices

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The project is aimed at young people aged 10 – 16 and their parents/carers in Knowsley who have a diagnosis of, or are on the neurological developmental pathway for Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).  We will be offering an innovative programme that will build mental toughness and resilience as well as supporting engagement of the group in the universal services already on offer. We hope this will also work to deter young people from crime and anti-social behaviour.

We will do this by:

  • Engaging young people through a range of activities such art, drama, sport, workshops and using IT and computers
  • Assessing barriers to engagement in service and ensuring that these barriers are overcome.
  • Liaising with schools, other professionals and voluntary services
  • Teaching of mindfulness, emotional resilience/ intelligence techniques for young people with ASC
  • We will liaise with and update parents on progress
  • Provide a weekly group session with young people with a view to skills building and integration into universal services
  • Work with current providers and families to look at issues around why young people with ASC do not access universal provision
  • Have performance indicators in place to clearly evidence progress and impact
  • Facilitate access to their services and to other services including mainstream.

We will work with individuals on personalised plans that deliver person centred outcomes such as:

  • Young People being able to evidence an increase in confidence
  • Young people being more prepared and equipped to engage in universal services
  • Young people being able to practise the skills of mindfulness
  • Young people having reduced involvement with Knowsley Anti Social Behaviour unit/ Youth Offending Service

If you would like further information on this service or would like to make a referral please complete form below or contact Disability Team at Merseyside Youth Association on 0151 702 0700 or by e-mail to