South West Autism is attending the Curly Hair Project on 17th November to promote our services in particular those for females.The first Autism Learning Day which incorporates anxiety, social energy, sensory processing and emotions starts on Saturday 17 November 2018 in Exeter. The link below takes you to the event with information and the ability to book tickets:
We are looking at starting up another girls group to meet demand. It will again run on a Saturday morning once a month in Exeter. This will be for secondary aged females on the spectrum (11-20). Starting this October 2018.
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We have recently been looking at our children's services and are reviewing what we offer. We have identified a core group of children who aren't necessarily ready to come out into the community in our groups (even if there were spaces) due to them needing a higher level of support at present. Some have ADHD or language difficulties as well as being on the autistic spectrum. Yet we do understand how important it is to get your children used to becoming more independent from their parents and having social opportunities with other children.
We are proposing a monthly Saturday group for children aged 8-11 who are either diagnosed or awaiting a diagnosis/assessment. All activities, games and play will take places within a regular safe base for the children.
We will limit this group to 10 children with 3 experienced adults (hopefully 1 male and 2 female) to support the small group.
Initially the group will run for 2 hours but we hope to increase this to 3 hours. The cost will be £15 per hour plus VAT per session. Missed sessions will have to be paid for.
This will be in Exeter once a month on Saturday mornings. First sessions will June 2nd and July 7th.
Please email email@example.com for further details. A maximum of 10 spaces will be available.
Are you a parent/carer of a young person living in the Colyton/Axminster area? "Putting the Pieces Together" offer a monthly support group (the last Tuesday of the month from 12.30-2.30) . This a parent led organisation.
Also, are you interested in attending our Discovering Rainbows 6 session parenting course in Axminster, if so contact Debbie from Putting the Pieces Together on firstname.lastname@example.org
South West Autism will be running 2 small group workshops for school staff and support practitioners on
Understanding Lego Therapy. This will take place at our Pinhoe office, out of school hours May 2nd and/or 5th 2018. Please email email@example.com to secure a place.
From the end of March 2018 we are again offering Lego Therapy sessions.
LEGO therapy can result in better communication skills for children with autism and other social communication disorders. This specific type of play therapy also improves children’s abilities to change their behaviour, understand and talk about their feelings, solve problems and learn about the world in which they live, more so than any other play therapy.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This is a weekly discussion group for young people to safely talk about their views of having a diagnosis of ASD as we are aware some young people struggle and feel socially isolated as a result.
The aim will be to identify and promote their good qualities and strengths whilst sharing the views and challenges of others.
The group will be limited to 5 young people at a time to ensure everyone can be involved.
It will be open to everyone aged 10 and over.
Are you new to the diagnosis of Autism or awaiting a diagnosis? Are you struggling to make sense of some of the behaviours of your child?
If so , we have a training session for parents and carers which maybe of interest to you. Or you may feel you need a refresher!
We are holding an Understanding the Autistic Spectrum course on April 17th in Exeter from 9.45 - 2.15pm.
This event is offered at a special rate of just £18 per person for parents/carers and includes teas/coffees.
This event is limited to just 30 people.
Hence, once booked we will need to charge in advance and the cost is non refundable.
The venue is on a bus route and there is also free road side parking.
To reserve your place please email us email@example.com
Need to Know" is a new forthcoming project for young males aged 11-15 and 16-18. These sessions aim to provide social sexual understanding , advice and guidance to males in small group settings. Focus will be on puberty and sexual understanding including vulnerability. It is our experience that young people often have a understanding of the biology of becoming an adult but wiith little experience and knowledge of the social "requirements" that comes with it.
Sessions will be held in Exeter and each programme will be for 6 sessions.
For more information including costs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
An Understanding Autism training course is being held for professionals on Friday 30th June 2017. This will be in Exeter from 9.30am - 3pm. The cost is £40 per person. Please email email@example.com to reserve a place.
We are holding a training day for parents and family members on Friday 7th July 2017. This will be held in Exeter 9.30am - 2.30pm. The cost is £30 per person. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Anna Findlay from MYOT & Lisa McCullagh from South West Autism
Will be holding a training day on
Saturday July 8th 2017
This session will aim to help you understand a support a child with
SENSORY PROCESSING DIFFICULTIES
The session will give practical demonstrations as well as information and guidance.
This is open to both family members and professionals.
The cost is £35 per person, includes teas and coffees.
To register your interest please email email@example.com
South West Autism are currently recruiting enablers/support workers to join our team of specialist practitioners. These posts are for various hours weekends, holidays and after school across Devon. Must have experience of supporting young people on the autistic spectrum. Ongoing training provided.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Do you have a child on the Autistic Spectrum? Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to understand the behaviours? South West Autism are holding a training day to help families make sense of the difficulties. This is aimed at parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and family friends.
Date: Friday 5th May 2017 9.30am - 2.30pm in Exeter
Cost: £30 per person
Spaces limited to 10 people.
To book please email: email@example.com
What are Discovery groups?
South West Autism Discovery groups meet each week during term time only.
The aim of the group is to give young people the opportunity to discover new activities and meet new people. The groups are small and well supported by experienced professionals....
It is also an opportunity to discover other young people with similar special interests of course!
We endeavour to support young people in developing social skills such as turn taking, communication, sharing etc.
For parents it is the opportunity to socially network with other parents, gain advice and support.
Refreshments are provided for both the children and the parents.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
Q. Does my child need a diagnosis to attend?
A. No, we fully understand the long waiting lists and work with many young people who are not yet diagnosed
Q When do the groups meet?
A. The groups meet term time only on a Tuesday for primary aged children (7-11) and Secondary aged children on a Thursday 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The weekly fees are £4 per individual. Hence 1 child and 1 adult = £8.
Q. Do we have to pay for missed sessions?
A. Yes. The aim of the group is to focus on establishing relationships with others and therefore we do not run a drop in service. We need commitment from families to attend as much as possible. This makes things more predictable for young people too. In the event of absence, staff and hire costs still need to be met of course.
Q Why can we not bring neuro-typical siblings?
A. Experience has taught us that young people want something just for them. We cannot provide childcare for siblings. As the parent area can often be a venue for parents to vent emotions and speak openly in the presence of other adults the parent area is a child free zone.
Q. Is this suitable for children who are aggressive to/ target others?
A. No, we believe children have the right to attend a group without the fear of feeling unsafe. Many of our members have experienced very high levels of school bullying.
On Tuesday 23rd August 2016 we are holding a free mother and daughter event @ Exwick Parish hall from 11-3pm. Its a chance to meet other mums and daughters on the spectrum or thought to be on the spectrum. We will be selling refreshments (drinks, pizzas , cakes etc) . Hopefully we will have a sleep practitioner present and Disc plus too.
Its a 3 minute walk from St Davids station or on the Exwick bus route and there is some onsite free parking.
Hope to see some of you!
We are delighted to announce that the local authority Early Help teams in Mid Devon and East Devon have now purchased our 6 week "Discovering Rainbows" parenting programme. This is aimed at parents who are either awaiting diagnosis or have had a child diagnosed but never accessed Early Bird/Plus or Cygnet courses. The programme will start in May and parents must commit to attending for 6 weeks (during the day/term time only) . Numbers are limited to 6 families per course.
Venues will be in Axminster and Crediton and open to families in those surrounding areas.
We are holding our next sensory processing training in association with Anna Findlay from MYOT on Monday May 23rd 10am - 3pm. This will be at Exwick Parish Hall, Station Road, EX4 2AB. Tickets are £35. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Lego therapy is an intervention aimed at developing social interaction between young people. South West Autism are offering six Lego Therapy sessions at their Exeter base, the groups will be limited to five children per group.
Due to a funding donation they are currently able to offer the initial courses at a reduced rate of £60 for the 6 week course.
There will two groups starting in March 2016. The first is aimed at young people currently in education, this will be on Wednesdays from 5-6pm. The second group will be for young people not in education or those able to attend during the day. This will be on Thursdays, the times are to be confirmed. For further information contact: Lisa or Greg on (Lisa) 07580225057 (Greg) 07582608641