Category Archives: Families

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

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

Pinpoint DLA to PIP Information Session

Pinpoint will be hosting an information session for parents/carers of children who are currently claiming DLA (disability living allowance) and approaching age 16+ and due to transfer onto PIP.

On: Thursday 19 Sept 2019 10.30am to 12.30pm

At: Queen Mary Centre, Queens Road, Wisbech PE13 2PE

Anjela Jones, Manager from the Welfare Benefits Advice Team will be offering parents free support and assistance with claiming PIP and other connected benefits.

Find out about:

  • Who can help you complete the forms
  • How to become an appointee
  • Who is eligible and what are the rates
  • An overview of the PIP points system
  • What to expect from the telephone call and face to face assessment
  • What to do if your claim is turned down

There’s time for a cuppa after the session.

To book email: jackie@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

ABC Project Drop-in Session on Relationships, Sex and Disability

The ABC team from Dhiverse are holding a drop-in session during Sexual Health Awareness Week 2019.

Date:  Wednesday 18th September 10am -1pm

At:  the Community Escape room at the Grafton Centre

You can join them for a chat and light refreshments to find out what they do and how they make information around relationships and sex accessible to people with learning difficulties and autism. The theme for the drop-in is Relationships, Sex and Disability which is the topic for this year’s Sexual Health week.

For more information please contact Rosie Childs on 01223 508805 or email rosie.childs@dhiverse.org.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