Unfortunately, it is common for autistic children and young people to face extra challenges at school compared to their peers. AWARE is a great place to access peer support and advice about education issues. We have a range of help guides which can provide information and direction on what to do to help your child. We also hold Support Group sessions which often cover school issues. Our Zoom ones are recorded to be accessed at your leisure. We also have a closed members Facebook group focused solely on education. To join AWARE and access all of these amazing benefits please see here.
AWARE is very excited to announce a brand new support group, which will take place once a month in Girlington. Please see our October newsletter for details.
One of the most common questions families of autistic children ask is what sort of activities are on over the summer. AWARE has pulled together a guide full of ideas on activities that run over summer: AWAREschoolholguide2022pdf-2Download
We at AWARE know it can be challenging finding activities that suit autistic children and young people, where their needs are met and they can just be themselves. That's why we offer a wide range of sessions such as our Stay & Play during holidays, a Cook Club and Youth Club amongst others. You can view our full listing of events and activities in our monthly newsletter, which all members receive. To find out more about AWARE membership, please go here.
If you are early on in your child or young person's autism journey, it is common to feel a bit lost and unsure where to turn. Our PIE (Parents' Information Event) is an umissable one-stop-shop for finding out more info on the support available to you and your child.
AWARE holds a weekly Autism Support Group via Zoom (most weeks during term time) which span a huge range of subjects. Recent sessions have included ADHD, 'School Refusal', Anxiety Strategies for Children & Parents, Restrictive Eating, PDA, Preschool Help, Speech and Language and Resourced Provisions. We have topics that will help with your child's behavioural challenges, sensory needs, education issues, mental health and - just as important - your own wellbeing as a parent or carer. Most sessions are recorded so if you miss a session you can watch it in your own time. You can view previous sessions https://aware-uk.org/videos/ and find out about upcoming sessions in our monthly members' newsletter as well as on our Facebook group. The sessions include question and answer time and are a great chance…
AWARE is happy to be holding three of our popular Stay & Play sessions this February half term, two in Cottingley (nr Bingley) and one in Addingham (nr Ilkley). Full details will be in our next e-updates and newsletter, so please look out for them. To become an AWARE member and receive all of our mailings plus the many other benefits membership brings, please go here: https://aware-uk.org/aware-membership/
Festive Deep Breaths, Mamma(**and Daddy/Carer/Sibling/Family Members). I wanted to write this one as, I’ll be honest, I still find this time of year difficult. I figured it’d be cathartic if nothing else but I hope it might be helpful too… Firstly, I LOVE Christmas…like REALLY love Christmas, ‘give Mrs Claus a run for her money’ type of love Christmas! Because of this I think perhaps I put too much pressure on myself to make Christmas amazing for our family and, well it doesn’t always come off that way. I think I try to recreate the magic of my childhood and my Christmases. I want the children to experience that magic. When I think of my Christmases I think of my Gran taking us all to the pantomime on Christmas Eve,…
Festive days out can be challenging for families affected by autism. The great news is, there are lots of special needs Santa sessions being run for children who need a more relaxed/flexible approach. AWARE has compiled a list of local sessions and also a list of festive days out that some AWARE members have found have worked well for their children. Please be aware places do get booked fast - all places listed had availability at the time of writing the article. Also we are aware that what works for one child with autism may not for another so we have included a selection of places we know have worked for some autistic children but please do your own research and use your judgement when booking! View the article in…
AWARE runs a wide range of groups and events for children, young people, parents/carers and whole families, too! Regular sessions we hold include Youth Club, Saturday Club, Autism Support Group, holiday Stay & Play sessions, and much more! We also run events such as our Parents Information Event, which is a great one-stop shop for parents and carers new to the world of autism. Please see our full lists of events, which you can find in each month's newsletter, for more details. You can view past newsletters here: https://aware-uk.org/aware-newsletters/