It's a new season but the challenges of living in a pandemic continue for all of us.
Our staff team resumed face to face work with children in September. They are focusing on supporting those who were on the waiting list before lockdown. There have obviously been some changes to our service delivery - we have paused group work, we wear masks or visors for sessions, take temperatures of all visitors to Frimhurst and do a LOT of cleaning in between sessions!
During lockdown one of the most important things we did was LISTEN. We listened to parents and children describe the challenges they faced, we listened to other professionals and organisations as we all sought to navigate these unprecedented times, and we listened to the wider autism community and their responses to Covid 19.
Every project Mustard Seed has developed has been a response to the needs in our local autism community and this has been no different during the pandemic. We are offering more on-line support and made changes to the way we run programmes to enable parents to implement new techniques and activities at home. We uploaded resources to support children onto our website and have plans to develop this further into a "Resource Hub" - watch this space!
We have also used this time to start exploring plans for the future, secure funding, and access on-line training.
Despite the challenges, it has been a season of learning, reflecting and improving our projects and we have been grateful for the time to do this.