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Help! at Hand for Parents of Children with Autism in Newquay

Edited by: Keith Riley

Submitted: 18th June 2008

The National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK's leading charity for people with autism, their families and carers, is running a free one-day programme in Newquay on 19 June 2008.

The National Autistic Society (NAS)

The National Autistic Society (NAS)

Help! Reaches Families at a Crucial Time

Help! is a unique and free support programme for parents and carers of young children who have been diagnosed with autism (including Asperger syndrome) in the last 18 months. Parents of children with a longer diagnosis can also apply. The programme gives an introduction to autism and looks at positive ways to address the difficult issues that families can face, from every day communication, social interaction and behavioural problems, to information on education legislation, benefits, rights and local support services.

Andrew Powell, NAS Support Programmes Coordinator said: "Autism can be a serious and disabling condition and is much more common than most people think. However, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people's lives. help! reaches families at a crucial time to aid them in understanding autism and how to support their child. After receiving a diagnosis, parents and carers can feel very alone and the NAS help! programme exists to provide useful information, support and advice."

This programme is aimed at parents and carers in Newquay whose children are aged from 3 to 12 years old. It will take place from 9:30am to 3:15pm at the Best Western Hotel Bristol, Narrowcliff, Newquay TR7 2PQ.

The session will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding autistic spectrum disorders and your child's diagnosis
  • Communication and social interaction
  • Strategies for behaviour support
  • Educational issues
  • Legislation and rights, partnerships and support networks

Parents and carers must book a place before attending.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Lisa Smith on 01179 748438 or lisa.smith@nas.org.uk.

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