Our Support Services

Mustard Seed Autism Trust is a registered charity providing support to autistic children, their carers and siblings.

Our Vision is to create a world that understands autism.

Our Mission is to equip children, empower carers and educate society.

 

Accessing our Services

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Step1

Self Referral

 

We open our waiting list twice a year. The date will be announced in advance here, on social media, in our newsletter and through local networks.

Step 2

Initial Assessment

 

One to one with parent/carers to discuss referral and create a plan.

Step 3

Work with Family

 

Work through pathway of support.

Step 4

Evaluation

 

Recommendations, evaluations and next steps.

Family Support Services

 We open our waiting list twice a year. The date will be announced in advance here, on social media, in our newsletter and through local networks.

Pathway Planning

Each child has an individual pathway plan, which may involve one-to-one or small group work, focusing on social, communication, emotional, sensory and motor difficulties.

Please see our Facebook page and Twitter for additional information.

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MustardSeedAutismTrust

Twitter: @MustardAutism

Referral Criteria

We accept children aged between 3 and 11 who live within Hart and Rushmoor, including the borders of Surrey, up to a 10-mile radius of Farnborough.  We take referrals directly from parents/carers only.

 

Our waiting list will open for new referrals on Wednesday 17th April at noon.  Please keep checking our social media and this page for updates.

Our Pathways of Support

Occupational Therapy

Sensory Processing
Motor skills
Life skills
Social Communication
Communication work (younger children)
Social understanding (older children)
Using visual communication

Anxiety management

Understanding emotions 
Emotional regulation
Anxiety management course for young people

 

Family Support

Monthly sibling support groups (primary and teens groups)
Parent/Carer workshops
Loan of equipment and books

Waiting for Support?

 

If you are looking for support whilst our waiting list is closed, here are some things you can try:

  • Email us for a copy of our Signposting document .
  • Explore our Resources Hub  – all resources free to download!
  • Check out our daily social media posts – recommendations, resources and ideas.

 

Resources

Selected resources you can use at home or at school

What charges your battery?

What charges your battery?

Which activities, environments, people and events give us energy and which drain us? This activity helps young people identify those activities, which can then be built into their day or week. download

Spoons

Spoons

Spoon Theory, developed by Christine Miserandino, is a way to explore and describe social and physical energy. Some activities and environments take up more "spoons" and this can vary from day to day. This activity helps young people to identify what activities add...

Occupational Therapy for Schools

Our OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR SCHOOLS SERVICE – is a costed service for pre-schools, primary, secondary, special schools, and colleges.

OT FOR SCHOOLS SERVICE  is for any child with sensory and/or motor skills difficulties. The service can be accessed by schools or directly by parents.

The service operates as a not-for-profit organisation, with all profits going directly into Mustard Seed Autism Trust charity, enabling us to offer free support to autistic children and their families in the local area.

We provide an OT service within the educational environment for children aged 3 – 19 years but we also accept direct referrals from parents for support at home or school.

We can support with:

  • Sensory processing difficulties affecting motor skills, behaviour and function.
  • Motor skills difficulties.
  • Fine motor and handwriting difficulties.
  • Developmental delay.
  • Children whose functional issues are impacting on their learning and access to the curriculum.
  • Children who may not have a diagnosis but have needs that are impacting their academic potential.
  • Staff and parent training

Our service does not cover assessment and intervention of children for physical disability.

Please contact us to discuss our costs and types of support:

otforschools@mustardseedautism.co.uk

What People are Saying About Mustard Seed Autism Trust

I feel that we were listened to and given excellent support and possible solutions going forward. I don’t think we would be in as good a place as we are now without this support. The staff were all fantastic!

 

Parent

The support is amazing and we have already seen the impact of the practical suggestions and strategies that we have learnt from the course. The dressing chart, social stories, reference to the literature – the list goes on!

 

Parent

My daughter has made life- long friends through sibling group and it has been incredibly important to her and continues to be. She loves the cooking and arts and crafts activities and the trip out at the end of the year too.

 

Parent

The support offered by Mustard Seed is outstanding. I am not aware of anything of this sort being available elsewhere without going through a private route which is cost prohibitive. Thank you so much for doing what you do. It helped my son very much and he enjoyed the sessions.

Parent

FAQ

When can I refer?

We only take referrals directly from parents/carers. When the waiting list is open you can request a referral form.

How does the advice line work?

Our advice line runs one afternoon every week.  You can email to book a call with a member of our team, who will be able to give advice, recommendations, signposting and resources.  Most calls last 45 minutes to 1 hour and are followed up with an email.

If my child is not eligible or I have missed the open period for the self-referral list what can I do?

Our resources section has a varitey of tools you can freely download and use while you are waiting or out of our area.

Do we have to be a self-referred family to use the advice line?

You don’t have to be on our waiting list to make an appointment, but you do need to be within 10 miles of Farnborough GU14.
Families can book a call by contacting us.