Portage Service, West Sussex (Autism, Inclusion)
Portage is a home visiting educational service for very young children with significant support needs from birth. Other children are referred later as their needs are identified. Portage provides support for families by working alongside parents offering practical help and ideas to encourage a child’s emerging skills. Portage also run The EarlyBird programme in conjunction with the National Autistic Society. LEAFLET
What we do:
- There are 5 bases for portage. Please see the leaflet for individual further information.
- Portage Home Visitors make weekly/fortnightly visits to the child’s home. Visits usually last for 1 hour. Enhanced visits may be provided for children with social communication difficulties/ Autistic Spectrum Condition.
- Portage offers a framework of support which involves working in partnership with parents and carers. Families can choose whatever is most helpful to them. It aims to be as flexible as each family needs it to be.
- Visits are made in the family home. Occasional group or social events would be organised in venues suitable for disabled children
- Home Visitors come from a variety of backgrounds – many are volunteers and all enjoy working with children and their families. All Home Visitors are fully trained to National Portage Association standards.
Our users say:
When families are thrown in the unknown, Portage helped us overcome our fears and anxieties and helped us through out most vulnerable time.