Early Years Service

Who is it for?

Tailor Ed’s Early Years Service is for families with a child with a diagnosis of autism, living in The City of Edinburgh and East Lothian. We accept referrals for children entering their preschool year from parents and professionals. We have capacity to work with 35 families annually and roll out the service with new referrals in Autumn each year.

What is involved?

Families will receive home based support – regular visits from a project worker to work directly with the child and their family. The intensity of this support will vary depending on what is required to make progress on targets. Often there will be weekly or fortnightly visits and there will be phases when visits will be less regular as we make sure that new skills are firmly embedded in family life. There may also be targets that require more intensive support such as toileting or establishing an evening routine and more regular visits will then be scheduled.

We will also provide 1:1 interactive parent training that will be target and child-centred. These will let us cover the theory behind the strategies we’ll be showing you, show you video examples of this work in action and discuss any questions. We’ll also provide opportunities to join small workgroups where parents come together to develop strategies around targets such as diet and attending medical appointments.

Families will join a community of Edinburgh and East Lothian families raising a child with autism. We provide opportunities to attend group online activities and when restrictions allow autism-friendly play sessions, family-days and other cultural events as well access to informal support from other parents facing similar challenges.

To make a referral get in touch to request a short form or call 07980 702 962.

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What is it?

Our Early Years Service provides 12 months of support to families to teach their child the most essential skills they need in day to day life. We focus on communication, daily living skills such as toileting, and “learning to learn” skills such as listening to instructions and play skills.

Play and Learn sessions

We recently added to our offer play and learn sessions. These are held in Edinburgh for small groups of families who access our services. They are accessed in blocks of sessions and by invitation, with the idea of getting to know children in a more social environment as well as offering natural opportunities to practice specific skills