All the latest news, views and fundraising from Autism Together

So it’s the end of the summer holidays, we hope you’ve all enjoyed the sun! What did you get up to? Remember to share your stories with us.

We know that going back to school or starting a new school can be a nervous and challenging time for some, so we have a great newsletter full of tips that might help you out, also our reading section is full of books relating to school and college.

Back to school tips

Whether you’re starting back at the same school with a new class and teacher, or going to a brand new school, it can cause anxiety for people with autism. Things like changing of the daily routine and having to wear a uniform can cause real stress.

We have come up with some great back to school tips for you to read and help ease the transition. Click here to read more… www.autismtogether.co.uk/back-to-school-tips-for-children-with-autism

Also did you know that Marks & Spencer has a range of clothing called ‘Easy Dressing’; a range of adapted clothes for children who need extra help – suitable for kids who use feeding tubes or if they just need clothes that are really easy to put on and very gentle to sensitive skin. There’s a school uniform range and clothes for those up to 16 years old: www.marksandspencer.com/l/kids/easy-dressing

Local Wirral Services

Wirral SEND Partnership – If you’re looking for some support relating to school advice or advocacy services, then you can get in touch with Wirral SEND Partnership: Information Advice and Support Network. This is a great service for keeping in touch with school transitions and the ECHP process:
https://www.sendirect.org.uk/providers/information-advice-and-support-services-network/my-services/wirral-send-partnership-information-advice-support-service-iass/

Wirral Local Offer – This is a great website providing information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Full of information regarding services, activity clubs and support networks: https://localofferwirral.org/

Children’s Weekly Clubs

They’re back! We can’t wait to welcome you all, once again, to our weekly activity clubs now that the summer holidays are over. Check out all the details below on what’s going on and how to book in.

MONDAYS – we have a Rainbows Group session at Bromborough Children’s Centre from 3.30 – 5pm for children aged 0-8 years. No need to book and it’s FREE!

TUESDAY –  BBC Children in Need also fund Chill and Chat Groups and Sibling Groups for 8-13 year olds on alternate weeks. So this Tuesday, 3rd September will be the Chill and Chat Group. These sessions require booking and are FREE. Based at Oak House, Bromborough, call 0151 666 9960 to book.

TUESDAY –  BBC Children in Need also fund Chill and Chat Groups and Sibling Groups for 8-13 year olds on alternate weeks. So this Tuesday, 3rd September will be the Chill and Chat Group. These sessions require booking and are FREE. Based at Oak House, Bromborough, call 0151 666 9960 to book.

THURSDAY – join our weekly activity clubs. The club running 5.15-7pm is for children aged 8–12 years. From 7.15-9pm it’s for children aged 12-18 years. These sessions require booking and cost £3 per child. All based at Oak House, Bromborough, call 0151 666 9960 to book for next week. After that all Activity Club sessions available to book online via Ticket Tailor

FRIDAY – Our Rainbow Group session at Brassey Garden’s Childrens Centre in Birkenhead returns on September 13th, 9.30 – 11am. No need to book and totally FREE

SATURDAY – Our weekly Activity Club runs from 10.15am – 12 noon for children/young people aged 8-18 years. Based at Oak House, Bromborough. Booking details are same as for Thursday activity clubs.

Donating to us – Foreign Currency

Have you enjoyed a sunny summer holiday abroad this year or are you planning on going skiing in the winter? Wherever you go abroad you’ll probably be coming back with some unspent foreign currency. But did you know that you can now donate this to us?

We would be more than happy to take any spare notes or coins that you have left over from your holiday spends. We can then get this exchanged and used as a cash donation to our charity. Please get in touch with fundraising@autismtogether.co.uk to find out more.

Alternatively, there are many places in the community you can drop in cash donations, whether it be foreign coins or English pennies. We have collection boxes at our very own Bromborough Pool Garden Centre or you can pop into our current charity partners at Marks & Spencer in Bidston, Co-op Stores in Bromborough or at any Liverpool branch of TSB.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations, they will all go towards helping the people we support lead fulfilling and meaningful lives, while ensuring future services are in place for people with autism and their families.

Wowweeeee!! Congratulations

HUGE thanks to Paddy who was recently completed the Tour de Mon, which involves cycling 110 miles around Anglesey all to raise money for Autism Together, he did this in a fantastic 9 hours and 20 minutes.

Paddy and his wife Kelly chose to fundraise for our charity after their son Barney was recently diagnosed with ASD; and we are extremely grateful for their support. So far Paddy has raised £570 with another couple of hundred on its way!!

Thank you Paddy!

Cinema Screenings

Autism-friendly cinema screenings are great for the whole family. The volume is lowered in the theatre, the lights are raised and there are no adverts before the film – it goes straight into the main feature. Most cinemas offer discounted tickets and all cinemas accept CEA Cards.

Vue Cinema, Birkenhead & Cheshire Oaks – will be showing Horrid Henry on the Big Screen on Sunday, 29th September at 10.15am.
Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – will be showing Playmobil: The Movie on Sunday, 8th September at 10am.
FACT Cinema, Liverpool – will be showing Horrible Histories: The Movie Singalong on Sunday, 8th September at 11.30am.

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Will now be hosting regular autism-friendly sessions that will take place on the first Saturday of each month. Their next session will be on Saturday, 7th September from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

Air Unlimited, Liverpool

Autism-friendly sessions take place every Monday from 6-8pm. You can bounce for 2 hours for just £6.50 and it’s free for parents and carers. There are complimentary refreshments for jumpers and designated quiet rooms available. Pre-booking is recommended as these sessions are very popular.

https://www.airunlimited.co.uk/activity/air-autism/

Spring City, Liverpool

Autism-friendly trampolining takes place every Sunday 10-11am and every Thursday 6-8pm. One of our Autism Champions, Spring City’s sessions offer you the chance to bounce as a family in an area that understands your needs.

https://springcity.co.uk/sessions/spring-inclusive

SC2 Rhyl – Waterpark

The main waterpark is suitable for all ages and abilities. There are a number of different water slides, splash areas and interactive attractions for everyone. Then there is Tag Active which is a multi-level play area with timed activity zones to test your skill, fitness and bravery. They are now hosting autism-friendly sessions every Friday from 4-5.30pm with free carers passes. Check out all the details and what this place has to offer on the link below.

https://sc2rhyl.co.uk/ 

Liverpool Museums

There are a number of relaxed morning sessions held at all Liverpool Museums including art play sessions. You do not need to book onto these and they take place during quieter times – most of the museums also have handy visual guides you can print off and use too.

For the full listings of what’s on and where, follow this link:

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/events/autism-friendly-listings.aspx 

Inflatanation – Runcorn WA7 5TZ

A huge indoor arena full of inflatables for the whole family to enjoy. They host weekly disability sessions designed specifically for people with autism and their families to enjoy. These sessions differ as the number of participants is halved, the music turned down, parent and carers can enter for free and there is complimentary juice and biscuits for all.

Sessions take place on Monday’s at 7pm and Saturdays from 10am.

https://www.inflatanation.com/classes/disability-friendly/

Peter Pan Pantomime – Liverpool Empire Theatre

Book your tickets early for an autism-friendly Christmas pantomime at Liverpool Empire to see Peter Pan on Friday, 20th December at 2pm.

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/peter-pan/liverpool-empire/#showinfotabs=access

A good read!

This month we’re all focussed on returning to school or starting a new one; so we have picked out some great reads on this topic, let us know what you think!

High School Hacks by Joanne Louisa O’Connor

A no-nonsense guide to high school kids on the autistm spectrum, great for both students and teachers!

Click here

100 ideas for Primary Teachers: supporting pupils with autism, by Francine Brower

An essential resource filled with tried and tested ideas to best support the learning and development of pupils on the autism spectrum in both mainstream and special schools.

Click here

Teaching Adolescents with Autism: Practical strategies for the inclusive classroom, by Walter Kaweski

Practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on the author’s experience as an autism specialist and father of a son with Asperger’s.

Click here

The New Social Story Book, by Carol Gray

Over 180 ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, with some great new sections. Includes details on how to most effectively use and apply the stories for children, teens and adults with autism.

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All Cats have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

A playful look at Asperger’s, drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. A great child-friendly book to be read with children with autism, siblings or classmates.

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