Amberwood Lodge is a 9 bed specialist residential service for adults with autism, and who may present with behaviours that challenge. Based just a 10 minute drive from the seaside, Amberwood Lodge is a beautiful building providing a safe, comfortable and effective environment for those in our care. Within the service we have a large communal lounge, a sensory room, an IT and activity room and two kitchens; one large homely kitchen that individuals use independently to make drinks and snacks for themselves and their visitors, as well as a second kitchen where residents assist the cook to prepare meals and plan menus for the week. Additionally we have a lovely spacious garden with an abundance of outdoor activities, including a lovely summerhouse. As part of our care pathway, our service enables individuals to build upon their skills to achieve further independence, self-advocacy and confidence, leading to better quality of life. Residents can gain skills through extended learning on a number of accredited platforms. Interventions are matched according to residents’ needs and our life skills development programmes are overseen by our activity coordinators. The integrated MDT consists of occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and psychiatry. The team works together to support the development of daily living skills and reduction in maladaptive behaviours. Our staff use non-aversive positive approaches and are trained in specialised intervention techniques and sensory integration strategies. A combination of person-centred planning, measurement of progress and a full multidisciplinary approach ensures the best outcomes for the individuals in our care. Resident profile: Diagnosis of autism Challenging behaviour Communication challenges Associated complex needs Likely history of multiple exclusions and placement or family breakdowns May have an ECHP (Education Healthcare Plan) May be subjected to DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) or Care Orders Our facilities: En-suite bedrooms – residents are encouraged to personalise their room Spacious communal areas Garden with outdoor seating and summer house Multi-sensory room IT Café Community links: Local high street shops Close to the New Forest Harvester Restaurant Farmer Palmers Durlston Country Park Monkey World Leisure centres Local beaches Superbowl Moors Valley Country Park Photo Gallery Please click on the images to enlarge.