Drop In Sessions

Drop in morning support sessions are held in Television House on a Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am till 12.30pm term time only. Crèche available. The crèche is free, however donations are welcome.

The first Drop In session of 2019 is on Wed 16th January.

Everybody is welcome, with or without a formal diagnosis of ADHD, ASD or Aspergers Syndrome. The session offers a chance to meet other parents in a similar situation. There are family support workers available to discuss any support and help needed in a confidential environment. This could be a good place to start if you’re new to ADHD or ASD, want to find out what our centre offers, or if you just want to talk to someone who understands.

A drop in evening session will be held on the third Monday of every month from 7.00pm till 9.00pm. These follow the same format as the morning sessions but are aimed at those people who cannot access the daytime support groups for whatever reason.

Dates for Evening sessions in 2019 are: 21st Jan, 18th Feb, 18th March, 15th April, 20th May, 17th June, 15th July, 19th August, 16th September, 14th October, 18th November and 16th December.

One to One Support

One to one support is available by appointment. A service for regular parents/carers who have already established themselves within the support group, yet get limited time to talk over issues that are relevant for them. One to one work is offered if parents/carers need support after the parenting courses have finished or new problems within the family have arisen.

One to one sessions can also be booked if advice is needed around education or health, or if help is needed filling out forms for benefits such as Disability Living Allowance or Carers Allowance.

Empowered Parent (Outreach Project)

We are delighted to have received funding from the National Lottery Awards For All for our new “Empowered Parent” outreach project. The project will be run by CAAS with the support of an autism specialist teacher and a speech and language therapist.

The project is comprised of two parts:

Part 1: Clinic – “I have a question…”

We will be holding a fortnightly behaviour support clinic which will help you answer these questions and many more. The clinic is by appointment only and is open to parents of children up to age 14 with a diagnosis of ADHD or autism in mainstream schools without an EHCP. Families will be expected to have accessed at least one of our courses. The clinic will be at our Centre in Television House and will alternate between a Saturday morning from 10am till 1pm and a Tuesday evening from 7pm till 9pm. Dates will be available soon.

Part 2: Outreach Support – “I wish…”

Over the next twelve months 10 families will receive in-home support with behavioural issues for six weeks. Outreach referrals will come via the clinic or CAAS staff. The project is aimed at children with a diagnosis of autism or ADHD who are in mainstream primary schools without a Statement/EHCP.

For more information or to book a clinic session contact Lynne Laverty.

Drama Therapy

We offer a drama therapy service for children aged 5-13 with difficulties understanding their emotions and anger.
• Contact Therese Glynn for more information.

Youth Project

The youth project aims to support young people aged 11-25 with a diagnosis of ADHD and/or autism at critical transition points, such as transferring to High School, college or work. The support is available in many ways, including our fantastic WhyTry and CALMS programmes, and will be individually tailored to the needs of the young person (and their family where appropriate). Counselling is also available to members (subject to referral criteria being met).
• Contact Blaise McDonald for more information.

Young Persons Film Group

The young persons film group is for those aged 16-24 years old. The group watch and discuss films (e.g. the storyline, why a character did what they did etc), similar to a book club. This group will also enjoy take aways, trips to the local cinema or a meal out. This helps with meeting new people and developing social skills.
• Contact Therese Glynn for more information.

Girls Group

The ‘Girls Group’ is a creative and nurturing space for young women. The group will aim to help the girls understand their diagnosis and learn strategies to help them manage. It might be a topic for discussion, such as creating/maintaining friendships or having an external speaker to give hints and tips on hair/makeup, or clothes.

The format will be a mix of both discussion groups, where a topic is picked each month and the group focus is on that topic, and creative activities so there will be an opportunity to learn new skills, and to be in a social environment that feels more natural and less forced.
The groups will be run by a therapist and facilitator and will include up to 8 girls per session. The topic will be decided in advance so girls can opt in or not depending on their interest.
• Contact Helen Fleetwood for more information.

For Teens and Young People aged 24 and below

For adults with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of autism

Creative Writing for Adults on the autism spectrum

Organised and facilitated by Janet Gothelf

Creative writing runs every 4-6 weeks and is a safe space to explore writing in a non-judgmental and supportive setting. For some, it's the first time they have tried putting down ideas in story, prose or poetry. Others have enjoyed creative writing for a long time. Members have expressed that they find the group very rewarding, therapeutic and interesting.

• Contact Janet Gothelf prior to attending.

Book Group for Adults on the autism spectrum

Organised and facilitated by Janet Gothelf

Book group runs every 4-6 weeks. In the Book group, we discuss a book chosen by one of the group. The resulting conversations are wide-ranging and stimulating. The atmosphere is non- judgmental, respectful and supportive and you are welcome to attend even when you do not manage to read the book. Members include both people who have long enjoyed reading fiction and others who prior to attending book club had not been interested in fiction at all. Books are provided at cost or can be download or audio if you prefer.

• Contact Janet Gothelf prior to attending.

Theraputic and Social Group

This group is for adults with a diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis of autism and will be led by Janet Gothelf

The group will meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 7.00pm till 9.00pm. A therapeutic discussion group will take place at our Centre which will allow a space where individuals can discuss any issues in their lives, their worries and anxieties in a safe, non-judgmental environment. It may be discussions around friendships: how to meet other people; stay on a topic of conversation; pay attention or express one's feelings or emotions. There may also be discussions around employment, how to apply for a job, perform well in an interview, or maintain employment. Discussions will be based on issues impacting their lives on a daily basis.

On alternative months there will be a social outing which will be predetermined by the group. This will allow individuals to get together in a safe, pre-planned activity supported by a therapist and facilitator.

• Contact Helen Fleetwood for more information and prior to attending.

Women's Forum

This group is an open forum for women who have a diagnosis of autism, or who think they may be on the autism spectrum. The aim of the group is to provide a safe, non-judgemental forum for women to share their thoughts, experiences and ideas. You may participate actively or passively; you can talk or bring written contributions, involve yourself in the group discussion or simply listen to what other women have to say. One topic is selected for discussion each month and advance notice will be provided to those on the Forum mailing list.

The group is held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7.00pm till 9.00pm. Dates for 2019 are: 5th Feb, 5th March, 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November and 3rd December.

• Contact Helen Fleetwood for more information and prior to attending.

Adult ADHD Group

This group is for adults with a diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis of ADHD. The group meets twice a month for a daytime and evening session.

Daytime: the fourth Tuesday of the month from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
Dates for the DAYTIME group for 2019 are: 22nd January, 26th February, 26th March, 23rd April, 21st May, 25th June, 23rd July, 27th August, 24th September, 22nd October, 26th November and there is no group in December.

Evening: the second Monday of the month from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Dates for the EVENING group for 2019 are: 14th January, 11th February, 11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August, 9th September, 7th October, 11th November and 9th December.

• Contact Minoo Noor for more information.

Adult ADHD Strategy Group

This 10 week group will run twice per year.

The Strategy Group focuses on finding and discussing ways to:
1. Better manage the difficulties associated with Adult ADHD/ADD.
2. Use and harness the strengths associated with Adult ADHD/ADD.

The aim of the group is that at the end of each session, the participants feel empowered to choose and implement a new strategy/tool that is personalised to fit them.

Each session includes a short Mindfulness practice followed by a discussion on a particular area of ADHD/ADD that impacts on their day to day life. The attendees will then have the opportunity to brainstorm with each other, share ideas and then identify their own unique plan of action.

• Contact Minoo Noor for further information.

For Adults with a diagnosis ADHD

Lending Library

Books are available on the subject of ADHD, Autism, Asperger syndrome and related subjects such as education and behaviour management. Available during the Coffee Morning, see details above.

A £10 deposit is required when joining the Lending Library which will be held on file and a maximum of 2 books are allowed at any one time.