Online autism support launched

a new online service aimed at further supporting Aberdeenshire parents of children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is to be launched across Scotland.

The charity Scottish Autism has introduced its new Right Click programme, aimed at helping parents better understand and manage some of the challenges which can arise for their children and the wider family.

Right Click is a web-based programme which draws on the experience of Scottish Autism’s support team and other professionals. It features over 50 videos and additional support materials, giving advice on a range of ASD related issues.

Delivered over a five week period, Right Click will cover the key topics which are most frequently raised via Scottish Autism’s advice line.

There is a dedicated programme for young children and another for teenagers.

Topics covered include eating issues, toileting, sleep problems, developing skills for independent living and handling relationships.

New content will be released weekly and parents can be assigned their own autism advisor who can be contacted to answer questions and give more individually tailored advice.

Access to the programme is via membership of Scottish Autism which is £15 for an individual or £25 for a family with all proceeds helping support the on-going work of the organisation.

Development Director of Scottish Autism Charlene Tait said: “We are very excited about this new, innovative means of delivering support to parents in Aberdeenshire and throughout Scotland.

“This approach is all about enabling parents, providing them with access to ideas, information and experience so that they can be pro active or better manage any potential problems from an informed position.

“The programmes are focused on providing support to parents of both recently diagnosed children and teenagers as we know this can be an especially challenging time.”