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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

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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

Here:Now (11 – 19yrs (25yrs SEND)

Thursdays 4pm to 8pm
Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon PE29 7AF

A safe, friendly, confidential space for young people.
Are you a young person aged 11-19 (25 with additional needs) who is struggling with mental health and wellbeing?

Drop-in for advice and information about our groups and sessional support. We offer pet-assisted therapy, youth worker support, advice about sexual health, employment and education, housing, benefits and foodbank vouchers.

Promoting positive mental health and resilience in young people
T: 01480 372700

How To Plan Exactly What Your Young Child With Autism Needs To Enjoy The Christmas Season

Jenny Palmer is running a free two-week challenge to help parents of children with autism to plan and prepare for the Christmas season.

Together as a group we will work on how to support our children with autism over the Christmas period and how to make it the very special time that it should be.

We will cover helping your child understand what is going to happen over the coming weeks as we build up to Christmas
• How to communicate to school and nursery what your child needs adapted so they cope and enjoy themselves
• Tools to deal with anxiety
• Sensory processing issues and strategies
• What to do on the day and how to adapt

Training will be via email and in a short term pop up Face book group and starts on the 26th November – people can join after that date too

The challenge runs for 2 weeks during which time we will work together each day to plan our greatest Christmas and ensure our children are well supported

Follow this link to join the challenge:
www.helpunderstandingautism.com/p/christmasplanning

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ADHD and SEND Parent Drop-In in Wisbech

If you have a child or young person in your care that has been diagnosed with a special education need or disability, come along and meet with others parents, carers and professionals for some well-earned support!
Meet on last Wednesday of month (term time only)
28 November
12 December
9.30am to 11am
Queen Mary Centre, Queens Road, Wisbech PE13 2PE
Come along, have a cup of tea! New members very welcome. Free of charge.
For more information or worried about coming on your own contact Marlene or Cat, District Early Help Team Wisbech
T: 01354 750401
Facebook: Wisbech ADHD Support Group

Social Skills in Autistic Teenagers (SSAT) study

Researchers at University College London (UCL) are looking for adolescents aged 13-19 with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents to take part in a study of social skills.

The study involves completing questionnaires and having a video-recorded interaction with a researcher. The study will take around two hours to complete, and can take place at your home or at UCL.

There is no payment for taking part, but reasonable travel expenses (£10 per adult, £5 per child) will be reimbursed. The researchers (Ben or Aaron) would be able to come to Cambridge to carry out interviews.

For more information, please contact Benjamin Hannon at b.hannon.17@ucl.ac.uk or 07711227277.

This study has been approved by the UCL/UCLH Joint Research Office, Great Ormond Street Hospital Trust, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.

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Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting 2019

January 9th, 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.

Cambridge NAS organised Workshop on The Amazing Strengths of Autistic Girls

Sarah-Jane Critchley will be joining us for an exciting workshop on The Amazing Strengths of Autistic Girls on OCTOBER 31st.
Venue: Impington Village College (in The Pavilion), New Road, Impington, CB249LX
Time: 7-9pm (please arrive any time from 6.30pm for a 7pm start)

Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-amazing-strengths-of-autistic-girls-tickets-51312807990

In this interactive session you will learn:

• What is Autism and what does it look like in girls?
• Diagnosis – why it is so difficult
• What we know and what we don’t know from research
• Girls and Pathologic Demand Avoidance (PDA)
• Girls, 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…’, and ‘The Different Joy Planner’ and a contributing author to books on Girls and Autism to be published by Jessica Kingsley and Routledge in 2018 and has written for Charity Finance and ICSA. For over 10 years, Sarah-Jane was with the Autism Education Trust working with a range of stakeholders to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She has been instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of a number of workforce development programmes including training that has reached over 180,000 education-based staff in England in 6 years. Sarah-Jane was an influential member of the Transforming Autism Education project adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the context and needs of professionals in Italy and Greece funded by the EU ERASMUS programme.
She is a mother to two autistic teenagers (a late-diagnosed girl and a boy) and a husband on the autism spectrum.

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Free online workshop for parents of young children with autism

17th October at 10am – there will be a replay sent to those who register that will be available for 24 hrs for those who can’t attend the training live

Jenny Palmer is running an online workshop with a focus on one of the most frequent questions and concerns that we receive from parents of young ones – how do I go out without my child having an enormous meltdown! How do I go shopping? Why won’t they stop running off?…..

The workshop will run for about an hour and there will be loads of chance to ask questions.

Here is the sign up link

www.helpunderstandingautism.com/pl/45323