Autism - Support Group at Meadow, Information & Links

Welcome to the Meadow High School Autism Information Pages

We hope to provide lots of information, recommendations. inspiration, useful links and more on this page about Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

We will be building this page over the next few months.  We hope you find it useful.

Mrs T Watson
Teacher
ASD Lead

 

ASD Support Group at Meadow High School 

This Group is for parent/carers of pupils with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month from 10.00am until 11.00am  in Meadow High School Library.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

A message from a parent:

“Please come along to this informal and friendly get together.  It’s a chance to meet other parents and carers and chat about your experiences, share strategies and different ideas about living with a son or daughter with autism.

Mrs Watson will also be available to provide guidance and advice.

The group has been running for over a year and we would love to welcome new people into our group.  Please come and join us, as we all really benefit by learning and sharing with each other.  We look forward to seeing you.”

Next meetings are confirmed for:

Friday 12th January 2018

Friday 9th March, 2018

Friday 11th May, 2018

Friday 8th June, 2018

Friday 13th July, 2018

 

ASD Organisations 

ASD Parents/carers Support Group List of Useful Contacts

Please find below the contact details for organisations that offer information, support and advice for people with Autism, their families and carers.

The National Autistic Society

The leading UK charity for people with Autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. The NAS provide information, support and pioneering services.

Telephone Number: 0207 833 2299

Website: http://www.autism.org.uk

What's on this website for parents and carers?

You'll find plenty of information for parents and carers on their website, including more about Autism, Asperger syndrome, and diagnosis.

Much of the information in the Living with Autism section is aimed at parents and is full of practical advice, ideas and further contacts.

If you'd like to talk to someone, they have an online community which is open to parents and carers as well as a confidential Parent to Parent telephone service.  And, with 100 local branches currently running, you should be able to find other people you can make contact with in your area.

Major subjects of interest include:

  • Information about getting a diagnosis for your child - whether they're under the age of 18 or an adult.
  • Education advice and education services, including the Education Rights Service.
  • Employment advice and employment support services.
  • Advice about issues at home and out in the community.
  • Family support services, such as EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus.
  • Short breaks and befriending schemes.
  • Services for children and adults with Autism.
  • Care and benefits and care and benefits advice services.
  • Researching further into autism and Asperger syndrome and our information and research services.
  • Advice on benefits, community care and housing issues for older adults on the Autism spectrum.

There is an interesting and useful link on the NAS website  "Recognising Autism & Planning the Right Support. Click here to read 


Autism Helpline

The Autism Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice and support for autistic people and their families and carers.

Telephone Number: 0800 800 4104

website

The Autism Helpline currently offer the following specialist services: Welfare rights, Community care and School Exclusions.


Autism Services Directory

The Autism Services Directory is the UK's most comprehensive directory of services and support for autistic people, their families, and people who work with them.

website


Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support  (HACS)

HACS work in partnership with Social Services, health & education to enhance the range, quality and provision of services for parents and carers of adults & children on the Autism Spectrum.

Telephone: 020 8606 6780

Email: enquiries@hacs.org.uk

Website

Services include: telephone helpline;  resource library;  holiday play schemes;  Saturday clubs (5-12 years); weekly youth clubs (11-25  years); Support & advice from staff trained in disability related welfare benefit rights; respite activities for parents & carers; training & workshops; post 16 years life skills & employment project for young people with Autism in their tea rooms; information, updates & research on Autism.


ADHD & Autism Support Harrow

Centre for ADHD & Autism Support (CAAS)

CAAS supports, educates and empowers individuals with ADHD and/or autism, their families, and the community. Through raising awareness they change perceptions and break down barriers.

Led and run by trained people who have first-hand experience of family members with one or both conditions, CAAS understands the issues facing service users. They provide information, training, support groups and practical help to residents of the London Boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing and Brent, as well as parts of Hertfordshire.

Telephone: 020 8429 1552   ADHD Email: adhd@adhdandautism.org.

Autism Email:  autism@adhdandautism.org    

Website: www.adhdandautism.org

Recommendations 

'THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF A DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME'   

I would  recommend reading this book... very insightful.
Mrs Ghalib - Faculty Head, Maths

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curious-Incident-Dog-Night-time/dp/0099450259

I would recommend this too.
Miss Caddell - Assistant Head

They've got a play in London, too! It's worth seeing!

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time

Mr K Ho - Teacher

There is an Australian low budget film called 'The Black Balloon' which is about a lower functioning ASD boy and his relationship with his mainstream sibling. Its a good watch :)

Recommended by Miss Willis - Teacher

'The A Word.'

BBC drama - Focuses on how the family cope with their young son and the process of being diagnosed.

Recommended by Miss Sojka - Teacher

`The reason I jump` is also a good read!

Recommended by Mr Szabo - Teacher

Useful Stuff 

Identity Cards
There is a National Disabled  Persons Identifictation card that can be purchased online from www.did-card.co.uk.

This saves having to take official paperwork around to prove disability, but there is a small charge of  £10 to £18.   Certain eligibility criteria appply.

Parents can also buy an autism alert card from NAS or from www.autism.org.uk but this doesn't use details from official paperwork and is about £2. It's more for supporting students with communication problems etc.

 

Click on the link below to watch a YouTube trip about Autisim called "Amazing Things Happen"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JdCY-cdgkI

 

Here is a useful resource from the National Autistic Society "Make A Difference To My World."  All about Autism and anxiety, mental health, emotional wellbeing and links to further information and resources.  click on the graphic for more.

 

There has been much talk about Autism in Girls.    Please click here to read useful information from the National Autistic Society about Autism in Girls.

 

Community 

Autism Awareness Month and Autism Dance Day in April 2017 was celebrated by Hillingdon Manor School

Please click on the link below to watch a wonderful Youtube clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtiA2Y1z3_k