Balance Asperger
Syndrome Team

If you’re over 18 and have a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA) you may be eligible to access support from our services.

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Accessing our services

If you live in the borough of Kingston or have a GP in Kingston, you can refer yourself.

Health professionals, statutory services or anyone who knows you can also make a referral.

Download the Referral Form
(1.2MB Word .dot)

 

If you live in another borough, please contact us to find out how you can access our services.

 

 

Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome

For more information on receiving a diagnosis please read our Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome page

 

AS Communications session

AS Communications session

 

What we offer

  • Customised group training programmes in:
    • Personal Development Skills

      These sessions focus on building your confidence and communication skills, and we also provide advice on how to try to be more positive and comfortable with meeting new people.

      Our topics include: understanding AS, how we communicate with each other, learning to become more independent, help with dealing with anxiety, advice on building relationships and making plans for your future.
    • Preparation for Work

      Here, we talk to you about building your confidence when you’re looking for work and also how to keep a positive outlook in your current job.

      Our topics include: understanding AS, being able to communicate effectively in your workplace, how to keep a positive work attitude and how to behave in certain work situations, choosing the right job for you, what makes a successful CV and top tips when going for job interviews.
    • Keeping Safe

      During this course, we’ll discuss your personal safety, including how to keep safe in your community and in your own home. We also talk about relationships with other people and how to keep your finances safe.
    • Communication Skills

      In this course, you’ll be in a small group, all working together to improve communications skills, in a supportive, friendly environment.

      Our topics include: tips on starting a conversation, being a good listener and taking turns, how to keep a conversation going, what to do in difficult conversation situations, developing your telephone skills and understanding non-verbal communication.

All of our short training courses are made up of small groups of people, with similar needs to yours.

 

“It’s comforting to know that there is an AS Service nearby as I have found it helpful in the past, as I can be misunderstood by other people”

 

  • One to one appointments:
    • to support you on issues linked to living with Asperger syndrome
    • to access information and advice on welfare benefits, housing, employment or to help you lead a more independent life.

These informal one to one sessions are an opportunity for you to talk to us about any issues or concerns you might have linked to living with Asperger syndrome. We in turn will advise and guide you.

 

  • Social groups:
    • to meet new people in informal settings and join in social activities or visit places of interest.

This is a great way to socialise with like-minded people. These groups meet up every 4-6 weeks to enjoy an activity together. Our activities include ten-pin bowling, going out for a meal, testing your general knowledge in a quiz night and visiting various places of historical interest.

 

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Balance Asperger Syndrome Team
tel: 020 3468 3080
email: asperger.team@balance-cic.com


“I regard the AS Service as an organised and supportive service. I feel if I need support or advice in the future, I would not hesitate to get in touch”

 

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Pages in
this section:

Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome

Can I get support in my area?

 

AS Team News

'The U Project' - free AS sessions in October

 

AS Team Newsletter

Balance Asperger Syndrome Newsletter July 2014

Download the Balance Asperger Syndrome Team Newsletter:

July 2014 (PDF)