Category Archives: Families

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/

Free ASD and Me workshop for 13-16 year olds

NAS Cambridge are hosting a half day workshop for 13-16 year olds, run by Communication Cambridge. The aims of this workshop are to:

  • Understand the Autism Spectrum
  • Understand how Autism affects you
  • Understand your strengths
  • Find out what helps
  • Meet others and share experiences

This workshop is being run by Communication Cambridge on two dates:

Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 10.00am–12.30  or  Saturday 6th April 2019 at 1.30–4.00pm

The venue is The Chitra Sethia Autism Centre, Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF

Booking is free via Eventbrite:

Tickets for Saturday 23 March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asd-and-me-tickets-58337509060
Tickets for Saturday 6 March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asd-and-me-tickets-58340275334

To find out more please email Fiona or Sarah: info@communicationcambridge.co.uk

ASD and Me poster 2019

IPSEA EHC Plan Masterclass for Parents and Carers

7 February 2019
Tees Law, Titan House, Castle Park, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AY
9.45am to 3.15pm
Cost £65

Aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), this one-day training has been developed to guide you through the entire EHC plan process.

From the decision of the local authority to assess, right through to getting the final EHC plan, this training day will help you navigate the system, supporting you to make informed and positive decisions regarding your child’s education and getting the right plan in place.

The training covers the following topics:

  • The structure of an EHC plan
  • Where information should be within an EHC plan
  • The legal status of an EHC plan
  • What a good EHC plan should contain
  • Q&A with a SEND expert

Full details on website https://www.ipsea.org.uk/Event/cambridge-ehc-plan-masterclass-for-parents-and-carers-01022019

NAS Peterborough Monthly Drop-in and Social Group

Come and join us at the Asda Community Room for NEW Social Befriending group for adults with autism and their families and carers
The NAS are coming to Peterborough with a new social befriending group for autistic adults and anybody you wish to bring along for support. The sessions will provide information and advice for you as well as a place for you to meet, socialise and exchange ideas.
The sessions are free, bookings are not required. Please come along and share your experiences, interests and concerns.
The first half of the sessions will follow a format of friendly conversation and an overview of NAS services. During the second half, we will be available to organise, manage and play various board games, which you are welcome to join in with or just relax in our company.
There will be time at the end of each session for any support needed from the NAS Peterborough. We will show you the site and help you feel welcome. Refreshments provided. The room and toilets are situated on the first floor next to the cafe with stair and lift access to the room. (The dates below are all Fridays)
DATES FOR 2018: 7th Dec
DATES FOR 2019: 4th Jan, 1st Feb, 1st March, 5th April,
3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August
Time: 12-2pm
Venue: Asda Community Room, Asda Superstore West Rivergate Shopping Centre Peterborough PE1 1ET

Car parking is available on site with car parking passes which are provided in the room. The Asda community room is in the centre of Peterborough, 10 minute walk from Peterborough train station, with many buses available from Queensgate bus station to Asda superstore. It is sited on Viersen Platz just off Bourges Boulevard northbound (A15) in Peterborough city centre.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT NAS PETERBOROUGH BRANCH ON EMAIL: Peterborough@nas.org.uk WEB: naspeterborough.webeden.co.uk

Printable flyer: Peterborough Branch Poster(1)

Stepping Stones (up to 12yrs)

Parenting Courses: Because Children don’t come with instructions
Broadleas, St Ives, PE27 5QB

Monday 7 Jan to 25 Feb 2019, 9.30am to 11.30am

A free course suitable for families with a child aged up to 12 years with Special Educational Needs or a disability:

· What is positive behaviour?
· Support your child’s development and help them to feel good about themselves
· Implement parenting routines and cope with stress

T: 01480 375116 to book a place

SEN Holiday Play Mornings (4 – 10yrs)

Bargroves, Youth Hall, Cromwell Road, St Neots PE19 2EY
10am to 12noon

These activities are for children with additional needs or social-interaction difficulties. Siblings are welcome. Professional support from District Early Intervention Family Workers and SEND team. Activities include toys, games, sports and crafts. Come and have a try.

· Christmas: Friday 21 December 2018
· Spring Theme: Wednesday 20 February 2019
· Easter: Wednesday 10 April 2019
· Summer Theme: Wednesday 29 March 2019

For more information contact Lorraine Simon
T: 01480 376297
E: Lorraine.simon@cambridgeshire.gov.uk