NAS Cambridge offers the following activities for families:
- Parent Support Group – an informal group to meet other parents and carers of children or adults on the autistic spectrum
- Courses and events
- See our resources pages for the branch library and other organisations offering information, support and activities
Latest news for families
- Mother and Baby Study at Cambridge University
Are you a pregnant mum with an autism spectrum condition, or are you a pregnant mum who already has a child with autism?
This study is observing the early development of the baby in pregnancies where the mother or an older sibling of the baby has a diagnosis of autism.
If you decide to participate, you would be invited for an MRI scan in your last trimester of pregnancy, at the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, so we can study your baby’s brain even before birth. After your baby is born we will look at your baby’s behaviour, including play, social behaviour, communication, and another MRI to look at their brain structure. We will also look at your baby’s growth.
Separately, we’d like to find out about your experience of pregnancy and motherhood so that we can identify areas where support might be helpful for both autistic and not autistic mothers in the future.
There will be five visits in total: during your pregnancy (an in person visit for an MRI), when your baby is 2-3 months old (an in person visit for infant MRI), a 6-month (in person) visit, at 18-months (postal or online questionnaires only), and finally at 24-months (in person visit).
If you live in the UK or in Europe we can pay for you to visit Cambridge, and we will reimburse all travel expenses and hotel accommodation, and you will receive an additional £20/visit for each visit. We will also give you a picture of your baby from your scan.
If you are interested in finding out more about this study or would like to take part, please contact Sarah Hampton or Ezra Aydin, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (01223 465230).
More details of the ideas behind this study at: https://spectrumnews.org/opinion/viewpoint/studying-pregnant-women-autism-may-offer-clues-condition/
Poster: CHILD study poster
- Tell the CQC about your experiences of health and care – new online feedback facility.
The NAS is taking part in a national project with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) called ‘Tell us about your care’.
This project aims to make it easier for autistic people and their families to share their experiences of health and adult social care services directly to the CQC.
A webpage been set up so that anyone can tell CQC about the care they receive, good or bad, so this can help improve care across England.
The ‘Tell us about your care’ webpage link is: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/people%E2%80%99s-experience-care-what-we-want-know-and-why
You can give feedback when accessing any of the following services:
• GP practices, including walk-in centres and out-of-hours services
• Ambulance services
• Community mental health services
• Clinics providing services such as family planning and slimming
• Community care and support services, such as district nurses and health visitors
• Care homes
• Home care agencies
NB this is not a way to make a formal complaint or for whistleblowing. There are other ways to contact the CQC to do this, detailed on the webpage.
- Children’s Christmas Party (Free!)
Student Community Action and The David Hardie Project would like to invite you to
our CHRISTMAS PARTY!
When:- Wednesday 6th December
Time:- 4pm – 6pm
Where:- University Centre, Granta Pl, Cambridge CB21RU
All food, drinks, entertainment and activities
have been sourced or sponsored
by The David Hardie Project & SCA.
We will have lots of fun activities to try and if the children are very good we may even get a visit from Father Christmas!!
To book a place simply email the name of your child, their age and a contact number to email@example.com or call 01223 350365
Parents are expected to stay at the party with their children