AUTISM / ASPERGERS
AFASIC - whilst not specifically aimed at autism/aspergers needs, Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech,
language and communication needs (SLCN). Good website with case studies, factsheets etc, info on early warning signs & where to
go for help. Helpline offers advice & listening ear - 0300 666 9410 or online e:mail enquiry form. For website with helpline operating hours, click here
DIMENSIONS - AUTISM FRIENDLY CINEMA - Dimensions, in partnership with participating cinemas, show a different film each month from a selection of new releases, suitable for a wide
age range. What makes them autism friendly screenings?
The lights will be on low
The volume will be turned down
There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
You'll be able to take your own food and drinks
You will be able to move around the cinema if you like
Local participating cinemas include Cineworld St Helens, Odeon Liverpool & Vue Southport.
To check participating cinemas and what's on,
• AUTISM PARENTS & CARERS SUPPORT GROUP - For adults caring for someone with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Meets 10am - 12.00 every Thursday
at St Helens Carers Centre, 31-35 Baldwin Street, St Helens, WA10 2RS. Meets at St Helens Carers Centre Fishwick House every Thursday
(with the exception of school holidays) 10am to 12 noon. Best to contact St Helens Carers Centre on 01744 675615 to check the group is running before you attend
• ASPERGERS SOCIAL GROUP/HUB - website - www.theautismark.org The Society provides a Voluntary sector
social group for Autistic and Asperger adults aged 18+ living in the 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (St Helens, Knowsley, Halton, Warrington & Wigan).
Their aim is to provide a safe secure environment for their members, to help encourage them to socialise, make like minded friends and gain confidence by taking
part in group activities in a non judgmental atmospher. Games, arts & crafts, tablets & laptops, cameras and photography, jigsaws and lego. Tel 01744 417555 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.theautismark.org. Facebook.com/AutismAspergerSociety
Based at 2nd floor, Tontine House, 24 Church Street St Helens. Drop in anytime between 10 - 2pm Monda, Wednesday & Friday
ASPERGERS GROUP - The group is a charity run by parents and parents are encouraged to
stay for the group. Have a range of activities for age 11+ who are in mainstream school Meets
alternate Sundays 3pm - 5pm at the 4F Centre, Old Lane, Rainhill, L35
0NE. Activities include arts/crafts, computer games, trampoline, trips out, birthday activities, board games. Email for further information. For flyer click here
• AUTISM ALERT CARD - A card which can be carried by a person with
autism and used in situations where they are having difficulty with
communication. The card tells people about the condition and asks them
to show respect and tolerance. It can also contain emergency contact
details. Available from the National Autistic Society, the card costs £
2.50 plus p&p.
LITTLE SMARTIES - Play and Support group for families living with social communication difficulties and ASD. Set up to enable local families who have children living with Social Communication Difficulties and ASD to come together, make new friends, gain support & advice - and just get out of the house. Children aged between 0-11 are welcome to attend. Also gives children a chance to play in a non-judgmental , safe and fun environment. Fortnightly -Saturdays 10am to 11.30 - £2.50 per family. Newton Boys & Girls Club, 19 Haydock Street, Newton-Le-Willows, WA12 9AB. Contact Kylie Jones, group leader for more info 07596 462 899. For flyer, click here
• NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY - 0845 070 4004 - Provide information,
advice and advocacy. They will send you a parent pack on request. An
excellent site for gaining understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorders
and Asperger's Syndrome. Also have Information Centre, a database of
17,000+ books, articles and multimedia information about autism.
www.autism.co.uk www.managingmoney.org.uk NAS have launched 'Managing
Money' - a new online resource, developed in consultation with people
with autism, which gives impartial information, guidance, interactive
quizzes and video content to help people develop their knowledge and
confidence in managing money and financial decision-making. There is
also a printable workbook which can be obtained via the site.
• THE AUTISM SERVICES DIRECTORY - An online database provided by the
National Autistic Society listing autism services and support locally.
• ACTION FOR ASD – 01282 412021 - Lancashire support and action group,
affiliated to the National Autistic Society. Offers advice and support
for those affected and their families. Offices based in Burnley.
• AUTISM TOOLKIT -
www.autismtoolkit.com - This site allows parents to work with
their children to plan for the transition from primary to secondary
school. It has workbooks which can be downloaded, and modified to your
SUNSHINE SESSIONS Group for parents of children with ASD - offering support, advice & strategies,
coffee & chat! Group run by St Helens Council's Language and Social Communication Service (LASCs).
Tel: Michelle Herbert 01744 673135 to confirm places.
PARENTS MEETING PARENTS - New Support group for parents of children with ADHD (it doesn't matter if there isn't a formal diagnosis). 1 - 2.30pm, Millennium Centre (lounge room), Corporation St, St Helens. Aim is a group where parents can come to learn and understand more about their child's condition, share experiences and make friends. Refreshments available for £1.
Please can parents e:mail in first instance rather than just turning up email: email@example.com.
For flyer, click here