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
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
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.
The Watson Institute
The ‘teacher resources’ section provides information and printable resources on setting up a structured classroom and social stories.