National Support Groups
The Autism Education Trust (AET)
Autism Education TrustThe AET website provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people with autism. The AET manages online resources for children and young people. ‘The Kids Zone’ provides younger children with information, advice and games and ‘The Den’ is an interactive area for teenagers on the spectrum featuring personal experience films, ask the expert films, games and quizzes.
The National Autistic Society (NAS)
The National Autistic SocietyThe local NAS meet at 10.30am to 12.30pm on the second Friday of the month. The NAS is UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger’s) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services and they campaign for a better world for people with ASC. ‘Me and My Friends’ meet at Frederick Street on Wednesday 4.45pm to 6.45pm.
Address: St Joseph’s Church, Devonport, Plymouth
Telephone: 07435 970301
Autism Spectrum Condition Support Group
Autism Spectrum Condition Support GroupA group of parents and carers of children with ASC who meet for social chat and organised activities. They meet regularly on a Thursday at 10am.
Address: Hamoaze House, Mount Wise, Devonport, Plymouth
Telephone: 01752 566100 or 07704 244289 (Sarah)
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The A Team
This is a local parent/carer support group. It is well attended by parents of primary and secondary schools, both in mainstream and special schools. They meet on the first Friday of every month. The A Team organise extra activities in the evenings and weekends such as trips to woodlands or
swimming sessions. The group is run by one of the parents, Holly Steel.
Address: Virginia House Centre, Peacock Lane, Palace Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AY
Telephone: 01752 568315 (Holly)
Community Play Projects
Play Rangers meet in play parks around the city for activities for 5 to 16 year olds, including organised games and arts and crafts.
Telephone: 01752 253345
Friends and Family of Special Children
Friends and Families of Special Children is run by a team of professionals that come from a range of backgrounds including social work, youth work and counselling. The group organise family activity days during all school holidays for all the family to attend and have fun together. The days run 10am to 1pm at Hannah’s Hub at Dame Hannah Rogers School, Ivybridge. Sessions include use of the hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms, soft play area, crafts, cookery and more. Most sessions are free of charge. If it is necessary to charge for sessions contributions are minimal.
Address: Virginia House, Plymouth
Telephone: 01752 204369
Parent Partnership is a service that gives impartial and confidential support to parents and carers. They play a key role in providing a city-wide information strategy for parents, carers, families, young people and professionals in Plymouth. They provide a gateway to information via websites, telephone helplines and opportunities for direct contact with information and support staff. Support includes advice on transitions to new schools through the Choice Advisor (Bob Burton), impartial support at meetings, support around the Statutory Assessment process and access to parenting programmes such as Incredible Years and Strengthening Families.
Telephone: 01752 258933
ASD Bright Ideas
Can provide autism awareness products and visual aids to help your autistic child with their visual auditory processing skills. All their resources are widely used in special needs schools to support their learning, social skills of all autistic, Asperger’s, speech delay and disorders, ADHD and many more special needs requirements.
Extra Special Friends
An online shop offering an extensive product range for behaviour and communication solutions, including social stories and resources to support behaviour and communication for home and school.
The Watson Institute
The ‘teacher resources’ section provides information and printable resources on setting up a structured classroom and social stories.
Do2LearnProvides a wealth of information, ideas and printable resources supporting social skills and behaviour.
SEN TeacherProvides free teaching and learning resources for children with a range of SEND needs and is mostly suitable for primary settings. The website is divided into maths printables, literacy printables and other printables. Many worksheets may be personalised before printing. This is a great site for generating flash cards, word searches, certificates etc.
Autism4TeachersAn American site with links to support the child with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) in areas including social skills, classroom structure, TEACCH, visual supports and much more.