En-Fold works with individuals and carers at any stage of their diagnostic journey, to provide information and support. We recognise that going through the diagnostic pathway can be a long and challenging process, with a sense of isolation afterwards.
Unfortunately, some individuals and their families and carers can get lost in the diagnostic system, unable to find the right support. Our autism support service, our training and our online information hub can equip individuals and families with the right knowledge and support for them and their situation.
We recognise that going through the diagnostic pathway is a long and challenging process resulting in questions as well as answers. Parents and carers of children and young people get lost in the diagnostic system leaving them confused and isolated after the process has ended.
We want to ensure that all children, via support to their parents, can access the best services, information and support for them. We also want to ensure all individuals receiving a diagnosis in adulthood find the right information and support.
We will act as system navigators to ensure better support, better communication, and most importantly connect individuals and families to the right support for them. All people deserve an equal chance to flourish.
"The support that Diane at En-Fold has provided to me over the past few months has been invaluable. It has made a huge difference to our family life, as well as providing better understanding of my 17-yo daughter, particularly her needs and strengths. More importantly, we now have a clearer understanding of what her path might look like as we move forward, after more than two years out of mainstream education. I'm always of the opinion that you only need to pick up one or two extra tips for something to be worthwhile, but what I've learnt over the course of our regular sessions far exceeds that. It's a shame that you have to rely on charities to get the support that families like ours needs, but thank goodness that there ARE such charities." Claire Barret June 2021
4-6 sessions of support, in the home or virtually. An excellent understanding of the emotional journey and empathetic listening skills used, to offer practical support and service signposting tailored to the individual and family's needs. Afterwards, the option of taking part in our mentoring and befriending service is available with trained volunteers supporting the individual or parent/carers of a child for a further 3 months.
What is Autism? What might this mean for me/my child and family? Assessment of individual support and information the family may need.
Information sharing on agencies, support groups, services etc, specific and tailored to the individual/family. Related disability benefits and form filling support.
Understanding behaviour and meltdowns including sensory needs within ASD and overview of strategies to support.
Education and understanding the system. Support for form filling and referrals to specific organisations if some longer-term support is required.
"Enfold have been an absolute credit in our journey with our 4 year old son being diagnosed with ASD in March 2021. They helped us understand autism so much better and about how it affects our son and the ways he processes things differently.
We really struggled to get any support with our sons autism but since working with Enfold we no longer feel alone, they gave us so much information and ideas and help when talking about the struggles we were facing with our sons behaviour. They have been so incredibly accommodating, writing us support letters when they were really needed and we have felt no judgement at all about anything, the people with Enfold are just so kind and amazing and they are the only people we have come across that provide extended mentors and befrienders.
We don't know how we would've coped without the help and support of Enfold, having a child with autism is incredibly difficult on a daily basis but they have made it much more manageable." Rachel Gardner July 2021
A poem from lived experience, by Julie, an En-Fold mentor/befriender
My life is full of acronyms, it's a new language for me.
I am now getting so fluent I may add it to my CV.
There is IEP, EHA, DLA and more.
Not forgetting CA as working is not easy now for sure.
SALT used to go on chips before but now that's not the case.
In fact I talk like this all day and people just look blankly at my face.
There is ASD and S.E.N sometimes with a D
And how could I ever forget those things called EHCP.
Don't forget SENCO, LA and TA and even SSS
With even more letters adding to the stress.
OT and Ed Psychs and community paeds
Not forgetting that visit we had to ENTs.
But in the end it is ok, I have En-Fold you see.
Explaining all the letters and really helping me.
I want to take a moment to thank them for their time
And providing a wonderful service to help my family shine.
Parents and carers get lost in the diagnostic system and are often confused and isolated after the process has ended. Behind each lost, bewildered parent or carer is a child with needs.
We want to ensure that all children, via support to their parents, can access the best services, information and support for them. We will act as system navigators to ensure better support, better communication, and most importantly connect families to the right support for their child.
All children deserve an equal chance to flourish. The change we want to make is to improve lives for families affected by Autism and put an end to parents/carers feeling 'completely left to it and isolated'.
Supporting a specific group of up to 8 parents with children on the pathway to ASD. Delivered in school but independent of the school, so parents feel open to express concerns. 6 sessions of 1-1.5 hrs, including question time.
What is Autism?
How does the diagnostic
How does the diagnostic
Evaluation. What next?
Other support available
Presentation to a class group about what Autism is and the impact it can have on a child. The presentation could (but doesn't have to be) tailored to an individual's needs/traits in the class. Interactive and fun session catering for each age group as appropriate with the opportunity to ask questions. The presentation could also be delivered with the young person's involvement, offering them ownership and a voice.
The setting up and facilitation of a generic parent support group with themed sessions as led by parent request.
Aimed at organisations and businesses, this consists of 3.5 hrs or 6 hrs of quality training in understanding Autism and its impact on those working with Autistic individuals. A chance to reflect on practice and consider strategies and approaches to best support individuals living with Autism. Delivered by an expert through lived experience, and a parent carer.
We can deliver training sessions at your workplace for up to 30 people and also virtually. Training packages include handouts and a certificate for each participant.
For pricing, please contact us.
"The training was absolutely incredible, possibly the best training I have ever been on. I learnt so much invaluable information and Diane and Mike were extremely helpful. I was interested and engaged throughout and was blown away by how much I did not know or understand before this training. This training is going to be extremely helpful in my practice in terms of how I engage and support my clients with Autism."
“I attended the En-fold Autism Training on 20th March 2021. What an inspiring, engaging and amazing day facilitated by Diane and Mike. The pace, the interaction, the tasks were all handled in such a way that everyone was included and felt safe and able to participate. This was a fantastic training and so relevant for our work at Service Six. Thank you and I look forward to working with En-fold closer in the future.”
Claudia Slabon, Chief Executive, Service Six
“I found the En-Fold Autism training hugely beneficial both personally and professionally. It helped me to gain a better insight to Autism, the challenges individuals face and strategies that might help in various situations. The training had the right balance of information, exercises and discussion. The use of videos was extremely powerful. Diane and Mike were brilliant, professional and congruent throughout- really refreshing.”
"I just wish to thank you so very much for the training, which I felt was invaluable as I say.
Keep up the good work.
This has been the most useful and comprehensive training I have experienced in a while.
Thank you both so much!"
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