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
We now have a few spaces available at our Discovery Groups. These groups run on a Tuesday and a Thursday evening in Exeter to support young people make friendships, build confidence and self esteem, take part in supported activities and have fun! Parent support is also provided by Lisa McCullagh. Our groups are open to children and young people on the autistic spectrum (firm diagnosis is not required). Referrals can be made by Parents/Carers and Professionals. To find out more and ask for a referral form call Greg on 07582608641 or email email@example.com or use the link on our 'contact us' page.
Tomorrow I am being interviewed by the BBC regarding school issues. First on the radio , then on the tv.
If there are any parents who would like to ring in and give their experiences in the morning the number is 0345 301 1034.
Professionals training for schools, colleges and supportive organisations.
We are now able to offer our Level 2 supporting children on the autistic spectrum workshop.
This will include, reducing anxieties/anger, the use of visuals, developing strategies and recapping of the areas of difficulties which result in challenges for adult who support them.
The training workshop will take place on November 26th 2015 at 10am until 3pm at Exwick Parish Hall, Exeter EX4 2AB.
Cost is £35 per individual.
A free information day for parents families and carers.
Monday 16th November 2015 10am - 3pm Exwick Parish Hall, Station Road, Exeter EX4 2AB
We will be joined by service providers, guest speakers and organisations who support young people on the autistic spectrum.
Parents/carers are invited to come along and gain information and advice which may support their child.
Confirmed attendees include South West Autism CIC, MYOT, DIAS, North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions and ADHD, National Autistic Society, Contact a Family, Devon County FA and Discplus.
Free onsite parking.
Service providers contact us if you are interested in showcasing your services.
In addition to our parent workshops we are now having a sensory processing difficulties day for school staff. October 19th 2015 in Exeter.
Please let your childs school know about this! thanks
Do you have a child recently diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum?
We are having an understanding autistic spectrum training/workshop for parent/carers on
Saturday 19th September 2015 @ 1pm in Exeter.
Tickets £20 in advance only.
Contact South West Autism for details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last couple of days of the school holidays. No doubt anxieties are running high for many. Meanwhile please see details of our parents sensory day in Exeter...
Understanding and supporting the sensory processing difficulties of children on the autistic spectrum.
A parent workshop Saturday September 26th 2015 @1PM
To be held at Exwick Parish Hall, Station Road, Exeter EX4 2AB
Anna Findlay of MYOT is a children’s occupational therapist who is an experienced practitioner in supporting children with sensory processing difficulties.This 1 day workshop aims to provide information and guidance to parent/ carers and will offer advice and demonstrations on how to support your child.
In addition, Anna will explain the full range of services MYOT offers to children and families.
SW Autism and MYOT fully understand the difficulties parent face in accessing assessment and diagnosis for children with autism and sensory difficulties and therefore no firm diagnosis is required to access this event.
Tickets £25 per adult. Numbers are strictly limited and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. Tickets available from SW AUTISM on email@example.com or 07580225057
Hosted by SW Autism and MYOT Saturday June 27th 10am-3pm at SW Autism Exeter base. A sensory processing difficulties workshop aimed at parent/family members. This workshop will be delivered by Anna Findlay Childrens OT from MYOT. It is aimed to give parents a greater understanding and identify strategies for managing sensory issues along with provide info including an information pack.
Tickets only - £ 23 per person (will be issued on a first come first serve basis as numbers are limited).
WE WILL BE HOSTING AN OPEN SESSION FOR ANYONE INTERESTING IN OUR GIRLS GROUP . 10-12 @ OUR EXETER BASE THE CHILDRENS GARDEN 80 MERRIVALE ROAD, EXETER.