CORE SERVICES

Services for ASD

iREACH

iREACH, i - I, R - ReconnectionE - Emotion, A - Action, C - Cognition, H - Happiness

Our Aims

Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Jockey Club iREACH Social Competence Development and Employment Support Centers have commenced operation effective from September 2017. The service aims to provide continuous and sustainable lifespan support service for individual with Autism Spectrum Disorders to support their needs across developmental stages and to enhance their social competence to thrive beyond the deficits of autism and live their lives to the fullest.

Our individual-based and social competence-oriented services aim to strengthen the social competence and independence through multiple service modalities such as clinical assessment, individual counseling, social competence group training, employment support service, and therapeutic program and empowerment activities. We also aim to support family caregivers by providing education and therapeutic programs for them. To enhance understanding and acceptance of the public to individual with ASD and to cultivate professional proficiency in working with the ASD population, we render educational workshops and professional training program accordingly.

 

Our Beliefs

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders are facing with various day-to-day challenges due to their deficits in social cognition, social motivation and social skills. We believe that each and every one possesses unique strengths and potentials. Through appropriate training and provision of opportunities, they will be able to unleash their strengths and potentials despite the challenges.

 

Service Content

Individual with ASD Family Caregivers Professional Practitioners/General Public
Clinical Assessment Family Counseling Teachers'Workshop
Individual Counseling Social Competence Family Caregivers'Education Program 3-day Certificate Training Course
Social Competence Training Program Train-the-Trainer Program Workshops and Seminars for Practitioners
Employment Support Service Caregivers' Link Employers/frontline supervisors Education Program
Advanced Training Family Wellness Program Publication and Research
Therapeutic Program Mindfulness-based Intervention Program iBuddy Scheme
Empowerment Program Therapeutic Program
Peer Network/Alumni

 

Two highlights:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Context-based Social Competence Development Programme for Autism (CBT-CSCA)

The social competence training program is developed locally by the professional team of our Association and validated as an effective training program for Chinese adolescents with ASD (Chan et al., 2018). Through structured didactic teaching; role-play, live and video modeling, prompting, step-to-step rehearsal, performance feedback, reinforcement, visual cues support, revision and weekly assignment and consistent homework review; the behavioral, emotion regulation and cognitive skills of individual with ASD will be trained through group training and/or individual counseling.

 

What is Social Competence Training Group?

Group content is tailored for our clients who are facing major social difficulties. Through various experiential exercises, discussions, games, and role-plays, our training group targets to enhance participants’ social motivation, social cognition, emotion regulation, theory of mind, and holistic processing. Various social contexts will be embedded in training exercises in order to promote generalization of skills, such that participants will be able to adjust their behaviours flexibly in order to establish interpersonal relationships.

 

iSPARK-Employment Support Service

iSPARK-Employment Support ServiceIndividual challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorders often face tremendous difficulty in open employment because of their deficits in social skills and inflexibility, as well as the social misconceptions about them. We believe that given the right opportunity and support, they can realize their full potentials at work and contribute as worthy members in society.

 

Service Content

Individual with ASD Employers/Frontline Supervisor Networking
Assessment on Career Planning Networking
Pre-vocational Training Educational Program
Placement On-the-job Support
Job Matching
On-the-job Support
Work-related Activity

 

Service Characteristics

  • Systematic and continuous service modes to develop their social competence
  • Parent and caregiver training, empowerment, and mutual support initiatives
  • Provision of peer support
  • Community based
    • service involves various community partners
    • strengthen application of social competence in everyday lives
    • provide different contexts in the community for application

 

Service Team

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Peer Support Worker

 

Population Served

People aged 15 or above, who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and their parents or caregivers

 

Application for Service

  • Interested persons may direct their inquiries to our staff by phone or in person
  • Social worker/other helping professionals may also contact our staff and make referrals

 

Service Charge

  • Assessment and individual case consultation: on sliding-scale
  • Group training and other activities: according to the program fee of each particular activity

 

Contact us

Service Unit Tel Fax Email
Hong Kong Island
Unit 913-914, 9/F, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong 2568 0011 2568 0073 ireach@nlpra.org.hk
http://ireach.nlpra.org.hk
Kowloon
Unit 601, 6/F, Wo Foo Commercial Building, 574-576 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon 3101 2457 3101 2458 ireach@nlpra.org.hk
http://ireach.nlpra.org.hk

 

Scope of Services

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