In 2017 a support group for parent/carers of children with Autism was initiated, due to an increase in families going through the diagnosis pathway and many of them expressed their concern around a lack of support while going through assessments and after diagnosis.
We are based in Tiverton, Mid Devon, and run by parent carers who all have children on the Autistic Spectrum, all at different stages of their journey. Even some parents have now got diagnosis' themselves.
The group is open to parent/carers of any age child as this supports sharing knowledge and experience from many perspectives.
. The group aims to provide a friendly space for parents to meet together to share good practise, strategies and support for each other.
We invite external professionals and practitioners to attend where possible to support parents in accessing specialist support.
"Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations"
Throughout the school holidays we have workshop/activities days that are open to the whole family.
We call this 'Affinity and Beyond', so parents have access to support during the holidays and children have access to a range of activities to explore as well as meeting other children who have addional needs.
This allowed parents carers the opportunity to share experiences and strategies, and the children inculding their siblings learn new techniques to help themselves, being more aware of their emotions and surroundings and self-awareness of senses that may affect them in both positive and negative ways. Parents will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how and why their children behave in certain ways, they themselves can gain confidence in directly helping their child.