Category Archives: Families

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:

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 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:

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

Think Autism Workshops in Peterborough

Suitable for parents and professionals supporting people with Autism of all ages.
Venue: Napier Place, Orton Wistow, Peterborough PE2 6XN


5 November 2018
The Core Features of Autism, 10am – 11.45am
Strategies for Autism, 12.15pm to 2pm

3 December 2018
Effective Communication, 10am to 11.45am
Behaviour Management 12.15pm to 2pm

28 January 2019
Sensory Differences, 10am to 11.45am.
Sleep Awareness, 12.15pm to 2pm.

1 Workshop £20
All day £37
Any 2 day ticket £70
All 5 day £165

1 workshop £30
All day £54
Any 2 day ticket £102
All 5 day £240

Lunch included on each all-day ticket.

For further information and to book your place



Discussion Forum to inform development of the new Cavendish Free School for autistic pupils

Discussion Forum: Designing educational environments for children and young people with autism

Date: Monday 15 October from 4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: Impington Village College Main Hall

As part of the process of designing and building The Cavendish School we are holding a discussion forum to share ideas and the latest research and to gather your thoughts and suggestions. We would love to see you at this event for teachers, practitioners, researchers and families. The outline programme is:

  1. Keynote Speaker: giving a personal perspective on education
  2. Focus sessions: a choice of 3 sessions each with speakers and a panel discussion.
  3. Legal, moral and ethical environments
  4. Social environments
  5. Learning environments
  6. Designing for the Future: what is the future of education for children and young people with autism?
  7. Question and Answer session

To register for tickets please follow this Eventbrite link:

Further details about the forum will be sent out nearer the date once you have registered.

If you are unable to attend the forum but would like to receive copies of the Q&A afterwards then please email

Information on transfer from DLA to PIP 1st October


Information on transfer from DLA (Disability Living Allowance) to PIP (Personal Independence Payment) benefits information session will be on Monday 1/10/2018 – 10 am to 12 noon.

This session – run by Pinpoint’s Preparing for Adulthood parent group – will give parent carers an overview of the transition to PIP and explain the process and assessments. Anjela Jones – Manager, from the Welfare Benefits Advice Team will be coming along to offer parents free support and assistance with claiming PIP and other connected benefits. Joseph Simon, Adult Autism Manager from the NAS will also be available during the session.

The venue details are:

Bar Hill Tesco Extra Community Room, 15-18 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB238EL. Free parking is available for up to three hours. If you plan to stay longer, parking along Gladeside near the library is your best bet:,+Bar+Hill,+Cambridge+CB23+8DY/@52.2528319,0.018441,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8763e519ea427:0x6fd0ca5c7d569fe0!8m2!3d52.2528286!4d0.020635

Thank you to those of you that have booked on and if you would still like to come along, please call Pinpoint on 01480 877333 or email Jackie King

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