Caring for someone with ASD or Learning Disability

Caring for someone with ASD and/or a Learning Disability entails a significant commitment, often transforming you into a full-time carer. Your responsibilities may range from daily tasks like brushing teeth and changing clothes to aiding in communication and managing challenging behaviours.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Learning Disabilities often require additional time to acquire new skills and benefit from support to understand complex information and engage with others effectively.

Recognising the demanding nature of this role, it is crucial for carers to prioritise their own well-being and strike a balance between caring and personal life. However, achieving this balance can be challenging. When caring for someone with ASD or a Learning Disability, seeking help and support from experienced organisations and individuals becomes paramount.

At Barnet Carers, we frequently connect with those caring for individuals with these diagnoses. We are dedicated to ensuring they receive the support they need by collaborating with local partners. Our goal is to make the caring journey more manageable for you.

We trust that this information proves valuable to you. If you require support, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help.

“We love having a full house on the weekends with all the grandkids! Our whole family has been supported by Barnet Carers, including the children who love the outings, and we all know now how to help our lovely granddaughter even more.”

Lionel and Margot are avid chess players, would like to move to a warmer country, and care for their granddaughter

How we can help you

Apply for a Grant

We work with specialist organisations across Barnet and nationwide.  We want you to get the best possible support.  But we don't just refer and forget - you can be assured of our help all along the way.

Support of our Adult Carers Team

Our staff team is available 5 days a week to help support you.  They have been working with carers like you for many years and have a great deal of experience.  They can also offer you regular calls and a Carers Assessment.

Access to our activities and groups

Caring can feel very lonely.  We run a number of groups for you to join.  Some are purely social.  Others provide skills and activities such as mindfulness and yoga.  Keep an eye on our events calendar.

Our Partners

Barnet Mencap

 

“Barnet Mencap was established in 1965 and for over fifty years it has provided advice, information and support for people with learning disabilities and people with autism and their family carers.

Barnet Mencap provides a range of services for children and adults including advice, information and guidance and help with any issues such as benefits, housing or letters; supported accommodation and outreach support; play activities for under-5s; short breaks for children and adults; an autism screening service; social and leisure, sports and fitness activities for adults and much more. We are a Hate Crime Reporting Centre.

 We campaign with people with learning disabilities and people with autism and their families to secure high-quality services and support in the borough.”

– James Wheatley, Communications Coordinator at Barnet Mencap

Beam ABA

 

Beam works with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD and other complex behavioural needs. They use ABA therapy to bring about meaningful and purposeful change in behaviour, growing an individual’s independence and enhancing their experience of the world. They work with children and young people across early intervention, school, university and transition years.

Beam aims for the highest ethical standards in all that we do. From science to practice, our team of Behaviour Analysts uphold the highest standards of professional and ethical compliance.

A multidisciplinary team employs a collaborative approach and recognizes the multiple stakeholders involved in each individual’s life. They involve family, relatives, and other professionals in all we do to ensure a consistent and cohesive approach is applied.

Caritas St Joseph’s

 

Part of Caritas Westminster, Caritas St Joseph’s is a lifelong learning center for adults with intellectual disabilities to learn. Caritas recognizes their gifts and talents, valuing their unique place in the world and encouraging them to participate fully in their community life.

Caritas has two main areas of work: 

  • the Activity Centre which offers courses – therapeutic, vocational or leisure – to over 200 adult students of all faiths or none in the attractive Centre at Hendon, and
  • through our Outreach, volunteers support families in the parishes in their spiritual and social life.

Need advice about your caring role?

Caring can sometimes be overwhelming.  If you feel you need more information, advice or support in your caring role, you can book a Carers Needs Assessment to speak to one of our Adult Carers Coordinators.