Rochdale staff meet with parents ahead of new pathway

Staff from the Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service attended a parent’s forum, at Blue Pit Mill in Rochdale on 11 January, to discuss support for children with social communication difficulties.

The service is currently developing a new preschool social communication which they hope to roll out from March 2017.

Alison Butterworth, Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Sarah Labrow, Occupational Therapist and Paula Raishbrooke, Occupational Therapist attended on behalf of the service and Pennine Care to talk with parents and gather feedback. 

The pathway aims to offer early support and intervention through parental awareness sessions while children are waiting for an autism diagnostic observational screening (ADOS) assessment.

The sessions will cover sensory issues, toileting, sleeping and speech, with parents free to choose which sessions they would like to attend. 

This will help the parents to learn new techniques which they can use to improve the outcomes for their child.

The forum offered many suggestions and new ideas for the pathway, particularly around reaching higher numbers of families.

The Children’s Acute and Ongoing Needs Service brings together a number of community services for children, young people and their families in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

For more information, visit: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/hmracuteongoingneeds