Author Archives: Alex

NAS Cambridge Branch Response to Coronovirus

As advised by NAS head office following Government guidance, we are sorry to have to cancel all of our Branch Activities throughout the rest of March and April.

Please check our website for further information as we get through April, as we will have to follow advice from Government and NAS for activities in May.

Remember our phone and email helpline will continue to run and our Branch Facebook Group will continue.

List of cancelled activities:

March Drop In session for 25th March and 29th April. CANCELLED

Huntingdon Drop In session for April 8th. CANCELLED

Social Club on March 22, April 12, and April 26, 2020. CANCELLED

Parent/Carer Support Group for Monday 6th April. CANCELLED

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival runs from 09-22 March 2020.

Bookings for all pre-book events open on Monday 10 February.  When booking for events, you can state if you would like, for example, early entry for a public lecture, seating near the exit etc.

The Festival web address is: www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/

With hundreds of free events over two weeks on everything from Astronomy to Zoology, the 2020 Cambridge Science Festival welcomes adults, teenagers and families to explore science with researchers from across Cambridge. Join us for talks, hands-on activities, performances, exhibitions and films exploring the theme of ‘vision’; the Festival has something for everyone!

The festival has some events on the latest research into the autism spectrum, please see a list with links below:

• Genetics research in autism: ethical perspectives (Friday 13 March) https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/genetics-research-autism-ethical-perspectives

• Autism research in Cambridge (Sat 14 & Sun 15 March) https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/autism-research-cambridge

There is also the opportunity for adults and children who have an autism spectrum condition and their families to explore Cambridge science in a quieter and less-crowded space at:

• Hands-on at the Guildhall: autism-friendly hour (Sun 15 March), bookable from Monday 10 February https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/hands-guildhall-autism-friendly-hour

NAS New Year Tea Party



Come and join us for ‘New Year’ Afternoon Tea and Cake

Friday 10th January 2020, 2-5pm at The Exchange Tea Parlour, 1 Market Place, March PE15 9JF



Please confirm if you would like to come by 18th December – let us know at the Drop Ins or email our Branch;  nascambridge@nas.org.uk 

This will be a free event.   Let us know if you will need help to get there.

Google map for The Exchange Tea Parlour: https://goo.gl/maps/YnwCBiG8LQBPMZL26

Happy Christmas!

Terri   Alan   Anna

Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting

January 8th 2020, 8.00-9.00pm

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre (Garden Room), Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF.

You are warmly invited to our AGM Meeting. This is an open Meeting for anyone to attend.

We will report on Branch Activities for the past year and our proposed activities for the coming year.

We will vote on our nominations for Branch Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits will be freely available.

Free training for parents of young autistic children

How to prepare your autistic child for Christmas

Training kicks off 25th November and lasts for 2 weeks and delivered via a pop up Facebook group and email

Even if you are overwhelmed, stressed and have zero time

So you can be assured that they are getting all the support they need

And you can go back to juggling the other millions of things that you need to do

Designed for extremely busy parents

This training ran last year and had a brilliant response from families

For more details and to sign up visit this link

https://www.jenniferpalmer.co/Christmas2019

NAS half-term Gardening Party, Sunday 20th October

The Cambridge NAS invites you to a garden-themed afternoon of activities (for children and adults) at the Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre, 2.30-4.00pm.
Drinks and snacks will be available.

Indoor Activities to include: Lego, Brio train-track + trains, Dressing up, Board games, Pom-poms and pipe-cleaners creativity

Outdoor Activities (weather permitting) to include: Funky grass-heads to make and take home, Pot up a mini container with herbs to take home

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee and juice, biscuits, cakes, and fruit
Parking is available.







ipad app trial for autistic children (3-15 years) with little language

Your child is invited to take part in a research study sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, evaluating a new iPad’app’.

The app, called ‘Point OutWords’, trains people to control movements of their fingers, hands or mouths. Some children with autism find it very difficult to use speech to communicate, but research and feedback from patients and families has suggested that a proportion of children understand quite a lot of language but find it difficult to make the movements needed to speak.

Dr Matthew Belmonte, a psychologist in Nottingham Trent University, has developed an iPad game specifically to help children learn the motor skills needed to speak.

We need to find out if it is practical and enjoyable for children and families to use, and work out the best way to carry out a clinical trial of this intervention.

Before you decide if your child can take part it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Contact details if you are interested in taking part in the study:

Dr Emma Weisblatt, 01733 777939, or email  eiw44@cam.ac.uk

Zoology Museum autism-friendly opening

Date and Time: Mon, 12 August 2019, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

University Museum Of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ

We will be opening our museums at times when we are normally closed for children, who need a quieter environment.

We will be opening the Museum of Zoology for you to explore. Come & discover the wonders of animal life.

There are limited spaces to keep the museums from feeling too overwhelming & a ‘chill’ out space will be available if a time out is needed. We will turn off any sounds & will control the lighting as best we can.

The events are free to attend but booking is required. Please book places for any family members that will be attending too. Prior to the event you’ll be sent out a visual story for the museum.

Book places here

We look forward to welcoming you to our museum.

Cambridge NAS Garden(ing) Party for families and adults

Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre,Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge,CB21 5EF

2-4pm, Saturday 31 August

The Cambridge NAS invites you to a garden-themed afternoon of activities (for children and adults) at the Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre.
Drinks and snacks will be available.

Indoor Activities to include

  • Lego
  • Brio train-track + trains
  • Dressing up
  • Board games

Outdoor Activities to include

  • Funky grass-heads to make and take home
  • Pot up a mini patio container with bedding plants to take home
  • Paints and glue to make collages etc
  • Garden bowls

Refreshments
Tea and coffee, biscuits, cakes, and fruit

Parking is available.
Bus timetable here

The PDA Experience EAST ANGLIA –

A chance to hear from Harry Thompson (and friends) in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia!

About this Event

Date: August 3rd

By courtesy of Westwood Primary School, Harry Thompson and a few other stalwart PDA activists, The PDA Experience. is coming to March, Cambridgeshire!

Join Harry Thompson for a morning with him and fellow ‘experts by experience’, Danielle Jata-Hall, Steph Curtis and Isaac Russell, for talks and conversations on the topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance – a behaviour profile within the autism spectrum. Never an easy topic, but expect an enlightening and honest account of life with Pathological Demand Avoidance.

The day will be kicked off by fellow PDA parent bloggers (BritMums 2018 award finalists), Steph Curtis and Danielle Jata-Hall, who will be supporting and sharing their experiences in raising PDA children.

The very eloquent author and speaker (and adult living with PDA), Harry Thompson, will then deliver a talk in which he will offer unique, descriptive insights into PDA from a first person perspective. This will be followed by a Q & A session where you will have the opportunity to ask Harry whatever you want.

And finally, Isaac Russell (also an adult living with PDA) will share his honest and profound insights into PDA and how this puzzling condition affects him.

There will be opportunities to network after the event.

Doors open at 13.45 for a 14.00 start. The programme will finish at around17.00, with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and chat with the speakers afterwards.

We do hope you are able to make this wonderful opportunity to engage with some of the people who are most able to explain how life works – and doesn’t – with Pathological Demand Avoidance.

*If you are a parent hoping to attend, and you are planning on bringing your child, please note that our cut-off age for under 18s is 13 years old. Thank you.*

Tickets from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-pda-experience-east-anglia-tickets-62999634603