School’s Out for Summer!

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
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Looking For Activities For Your Child?

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.
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Need a Helping Hand?

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.
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AWARE’s Autism Support Groups – here to help you!

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…
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Half-Term Stay & Play

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/
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Guest Blog Post – Christmas, Autism & My Family by Kizzi from AWARE’s BEAT Team

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,…
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Autism & Christmas Days Out

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…
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Groups & Events

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/
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All About Resourced Provisions

Last week at our Zoom Support Group, we had Jeanette Butterworth talking to us about 'a day in the life' of one of the council-led Resourced Provisions. Resourced Provisions, which include 'DSPs - Designated Special Provisions', are mainstream schools that offer extra support for children with SEN, which can include autism or speech and language needs. Jeanette also presented a session to us earlier on this year which gave an overview of how the provisions work. You can watch both sessions on our Videos page here: https://aware-uk.org/videos/
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Moving On…

Transitions within or from education can be difficult for any child or young person, but particularly those who are autistic. Here are some helpful resources we have come across recently that should give you some tips on how to handle transitions. Autism Awareness Centre's Transition Tips: https://autismawarenesscentre.com/new-school-easing-transition/ NAS Transitions Helpline: https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/help-and-support/transition-support-service Yvonne Newbold's webinar on Change: https://yvonnenewbold.com/product/16-9-21-reducing-the-impact-of-change-on-a-send-childs-extreme-behaviour-copy/ YoungMinds transition resources: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/professional/resources/supporting-school-transitions Bradford Council's help for transitions: https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/public/images/cke/Transition%20Planning%20Guidance%20-%20Bradford.pdf Witherslack has a whole Back to School campaign you can register to get access to: https://tinyurl.com/ncj948fe
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