• 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, click here
    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 - 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: Website: 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. 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 -  - 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 child's needs.

    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: For flyer, click here  



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