Complex needs support
One of the specialisms being developed within Amicus is around caring for children with complex and additional needs. We have worked hard to develop specific training, workshops and support strategies to cater for all carers who support children with complex needs. This may relate to young people with mild to severe learning disabilities, health conditions, autistic spectrum disorders, processing difficulties and sensory impairments. We work closely with a DDP therapist and an occupational therapist to ensure we are coming up with innovative ways to support families. We aim to have a good awareness of all the extra services that are involved when a young person has additional needs, and aim to compliment the input from educational and health services.
Makaton Friendly and accessible information
At Amicus we are proud to be the only fostering agency in the country to be awarded as Makaton friendly! This means we strive to provide up to date training, accessible information in Makaton symbol format as well as being able to sign with our young people. It helps that we have a Regional Makaton tutor on the staff team!
Since July 2016 the law requires that all adult services provide information in a format that the service user can understand. Well we are taking our lead from here and providing that same human right to our young people with all information being provided in an accessible format. The requirement could be Makaton symbols, Easy Read, Braille, Moon or something else. We feel it is our responsibility to meet the communication needs of young people and their families in order to ensure they have their voices heard.
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