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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

 

NAS organised workshop AUTISTIC GIRLS: OWNING YOUR AWESOMENESS

Free interactive session for girls and young women (age 11-18) and their parents.

26 June, 18.00-20.00 at The Meadows Community Centre

Session Outline: This interactive session will be in two parts. For the first 30 minutes, parents can attend Sarah-Jane’s sesion. For the remaining 90 minutes, parents are invited to another room for tea and biscuits and NAS Cambridge Committee members will be on hand for advice, support and signposting. The girls and young women will continue the session with Sarah-Jane.

In this interactive session for autistic girls aged 11-18 (and their parents) you will learn:

What is autism and what does it look like in girls?
What are your strengths and how to own them?
Diagnosis – why it is so difficult
What we know and what we don’t know from research
Girls and Pathologic Demand Avoidance (PDA)
Friendships and bullying
Experiences of autistic girls and women – what are the issues?
Gender, sexuality and vulnerability
Autism and eating disorders
Strength, determination, focus and hope – the legacy of autistic women

About Sarah-Jane Critchley: Sarah-Jane is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing. She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More.

TICKETS at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autistic-girls-owning-your-awesomeness-tickets-61798589244

Understanding and Supporting Emotional regulation in children with ASC – free workshop

Thursday 13th June 2019 7.00 – 9.30pm
The Chitra Sethia Autism Centre, Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF
google map of Chitra Sethia Centre

Understanding and supporting Emotional regulation in children with ASC and related conditions

Tickets (free) available at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-emotional-regulation-in-children-with-asc-tickets-61957455417

  • Suitable for parents of verbal children who attend mainstream school
  • This is session 2 of the Communication Cambridge Workshops being held at the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre, Fulbourn, Cambridge.
  • You can attend this session whether or not you came to the first session in February ( on Understanding and supporting social communication development in children with ASC and related conditions)
  • This event is free, but for those who are able, a suggested donation of £5 on the evening would be greatly appreciated.

Communication Cambridge offers social skills groups, training and workshops to support the needs of children and young adults with social communication difficulties and autism. Communication Cambridge is run by two highly experienced Speech and Language Therapists with over 30 years collective experience in the field. More information about Communication Cambridge can be found at:

www.communicationcambridge.co.uk

Celebrate World Autism Day with CLASS

On Tuesday 2nd April, the Cambridge Lifespan Autism Spectrum Service (CLASS) will be launching the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre Library for service users and health and social care staff.
Come along to the opening ceremony at 11am with Colette Turner, CPFT associate director of operations.
The library aims to improve experience of the autism pathway, with information and resources for service users, families and carers. The CLASS team is raising awareness and helping CPFT staff gain skills to ensure people in the autism community are understood when they access all Trust services.
The library launch is the result of months of planning and the hard work of Sue Hart, a volunteer at CPFT.
Please contact:
ClassClinic@cpft.nhs.uk
for further information or drop in on the day to browse and enjoy some refreshments.

Pinpoint PfA (Preparing for Adulthood) Group

DLA To PIP session

Thursday 21 March
The Methodist Church, High Street, Ramsey, Huntingdon PE26 1AE
(car parking available at: Mews Close Car Park, Mews Close, Whytefield Street, Ramsey)
10am to 12noon

Pinpoint and Little Miracles Ramsey are joining up to run a free information session for parents about moving from DLA to PIP benefit. This session will give you a chance to meet other parents and professionals to share knowledge.
Refreshments will be provided.

Meet Anjela Jones, Welfare Benefits Advice Team Manager offering parents free support and assistance with claiming PIP and other connected benefits.
Joseph Simon, NAS Adult Autism Manager will also be available during the session

To book:
T: 01480 877333
E: jackie@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk
W: https://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/event-archive/free-pip-information-session/

Safe Soulmate

Safe Soulmate aims to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who live in Cambridgeshire, to find and nurture friendships and loving relationships with likeminded individuals in a SAFE way. We will work closely with Dhiverse, which provides excellent workshops to help people develop skills to build and maintain healthy friendships and relationships.

We will match people with learning disabilities and autism to likeminded and suitable adults, based on interests, and personality amongst other things. We are NOT an online site which is very risky, rather we visit individuals in their home, carry out a risk assessment, and ask for two references. There are two paid members of staff and we plan to recruit volunteers to act as chaperones and help at social events.

We are also a friendship agency, because we are aware that many people are simply desperately lonely for friendship. Most social events will be held in pubs and other venues alongside mainstream community to encourage social inclusivity. We are also planning to organise club nights for members.

The next large social event is late April/beginning of May, more details will be available on facebook, twitter and Instagram @safesoulmate or on the website: www.safesoulmate.org.uk