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. First session in 2017 starts on Fri 6th January, 10.30am We look forward to seeing you there.

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 2017 are: 16th January, 20th February, 20th March, No session in April, 15th May, 19th June, 17th July, No session in August, 18th September, 16th October, 20th November and 18th 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.

Carers and Adults Nurturing Project

The CAN Project aims to give carers the opportunity to learn new creative skills in a nurturing environment.

We aim to give carers a space where they can focus on themselves, rather than them as ‘carer’ of. The project includes sessions such as such as floral art, crochet, knitting, writing for well-being and mindfulness. The course will run for six weeks. The next block of sessions begin on Thursday 9th March 2017 in the morning.

Contact Therese Glynn or Lynne Laverty for more information.

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.

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.

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 is 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.

Please contact Janet Gothelf prior to attending.

Book Group for Adults on the autism spectrum

Organised and facilitated by Janet Gothelf

Book club runs every 4-6 weeks. In Book club 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.

Please 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 Lynne Laverty for more information.

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 group discussion or simply listen to what other women have to say. One top 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 2017 are: 7th February, 7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July, 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December.

Contact Lynne Laverty for more information.

Adult ADHD Group

This group is for adults with a diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis of ADHD. The group meets monthly, on the second Monday of each month in the evening from 7.00pm till 9.00pm.

Dates for 2017 are: 9th January, 13th February, 13th March, 10th April, 8th May, 12th June, 10th July, 14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 13th November and 11th December.

Contact Minoo Noor or Emma Cooper 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.

Please contact Minoo Noor for further information.

For Adults with a diagnosis ADHD