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Autism

Groups for children and young people

  ↵​Dean Beadle Autistic speaker/trainer, singer and former journalist. Proud to be autistic. facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker twitter: @deanbeadleuk Instagram: deanbeadlespeaker​Dean Beadle Autistic speaker/trainer, singer and former journalist. Proud to be autistic. facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker twitter: @deanbeadleuk Instagram: deanbeadlespeaker

Dean Beadle is an autistic speaker/trainer, singer and former journalist. 

Dean spoke at a recent conference in Kingston and Richmond.  Dean took some time to record this special message for young people in Kingston and Richmond.

You can find out more about Dean and his life and work here:

facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker

twitter: @deanbeadleuk

Instagram: deanbeadlespeaker

Local groups 

There are many groups in the local area that provide activities or support for children and young people with a range of needs or disabilities.  Here are some that support autism specifically or that we know support a lot of children and young people with autism. 

​​Express CIC

Express is a not for profit, entirely voluntary parent led organisation. We exist to support young people with autism and their families. We run several parent/carer support groups, a weekly drama club, weekly drama therapy groups for young people on the autism spectrum, an ASD girls group, a sibling group, a yoga club, support with EHCPs and DLA applications and a counselling service for parent/carers of SEN children. In addition we work tirelessly to raise autism awareness in the community, putting on events, talks and workshops. We work alongside statutory services to ensure the voice of our community is heard and to influence best practice and provisions. 

Buds@Express is a small structured Parent/Carer and Child group for autistic preschoolers, including those who may not yet have a diagnosis. Activities are based on the highly-regarded Attention Autism programme, focusing on attention, communication and play development through clear structure, engaging activities and plenty of sparkle!


Please visit www.expresscic.org.uk (opens a page on an external website) or email info@expresscic.org.uk for more information and a referral form. ​

Career Guidance Service @Express

Career Guidance Service @Express is a free service offered to those on the autistic spectrum who would benefit from some support and guidance around areas such as:
 

  • Career Planning
  • CV Writing
  • LinkedIn
  • Market Research
  • Interview Skills


Sessions are with Will, who is a careers transition coach and will be on Monday mornings at the Express offices in Tolworth.
 
If you are interested in this service and would like more information please Express at cgs@expresscic.org.uk

ASD social skills group 

These groups are for children on the autism spectrum in mainstream education aged 8 -12 years and are usually held at Moor Lane Centre in Chessington in term time. For more information, please contact Tracey:

Email: tracey.barnes@achievingforchildren.org.uk
Telephone: 077 4853 4587 

Click this link for a referral form (opens a Word document)

Action Attainment

This aims to enable children with speech, language, communication and sensory needs to achieve and have active lives. Led by Samantha Silver, the organisation builds on Sam's personal and professional experience of supporting children and their families to have fun and learn in and out of school.

Action Attainment works directly with families, professionals, schools and with community groups to provide understanding, strategies and opportunities for learning, play and friendships.

Find out more details about Action Attainment (opens a page on this website)

Skylarks

Skylarks is an independent Richmond-upon-Thames based charity that provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs. They are a pan-disability group but a large proportion of the children who use their services have autism.

Find out more about Skylarks activities for children (opens a page on an external website)

Yorda Adventures

Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation that works with families in and around the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. Yorda pride themselves in providing engaging and stimulating play and short break projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities.  Occasionally Yorda target a project at a specific group, for example those with autism, or those with physical disabilities.

Yorda Adventures (opens a page on an external website)

Turtle Key Arts Club

The Key Club is for anyone aged 16 to 30 year of age who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. The nearest Key Club meets once a month on a Saturday morning at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.  Each meeting consists of a two-hour workshop followed by a break and a discussion. The subjects of the workshops and the discussions change each month but are based on the performance arts, visual arts and other creative disciplines.  If you would like to become a member of the Key Club, please contact them by phone on 020 8964 5060 or email them at charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk  

Find out more details about Turtle Key Arts Club (opens a page on an external website)

Spectrum Youth Theatre (SYT)

SYT is a puppet youth theatre for young people aged 11 to 17 with Asperger's / high functioning autism. It began as a pilot project with support from Turtle Key Arts, and has gone from strength to strength. This is a perfect club for artists, model builders, designers, problem solvers, puppeteers, performers and people with big imaginations or a quirky take on life.

Find out more details about Spectrum Youth Theatre (opens a page on an external website)

Autism social groups

The Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth work with Resources for Autism to run social groups for adults on the autism spectrum. There are two groups: the younger group (opens a pdf) is primarily aimed at younger adults (from 18 to 25) and the other one is for adults 26+ (opens a pdf) . These groups offer the people who attend the opportunity to meet friends, take part in fun activities, learn new skills and get support and advice. When: Every other Thursday on alternate dates. Where: Crossway Centre. 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2PD. Do email Zahra at Zahra@resourcesforautism.org.uk or call the Resources for Autism office on 020 8458 3259 (Monday to Saturday) for more information.

Find out more details about Resources for Autism (opens a page on an external website)

The Lighthouse Project

This is a closed group for young people 11 to 24 years with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). This group is run by Achieving for Children Youth Service. 

The sessions take place once a week and young people who attend have a set structure for the evening. Each session includes a planned educational workshop or activity as well as the freedom to enjoy time with friends and accessing the many facilities available at Ham Youth Centre. Membership is by referral only - there is no open access. Referral can be made by professionals or parents. To discuss whether this club might be suitable for a particular young person or to arrange a visit please contact us (details on the link below)

The group is open to young people from the Richmond and Kingston boroughs. 

Find out more details about the Lighthouse Project (opens a page on this website)

Our Barn Community

Run a number of community-based activities for young people aged 16 to 25 with learning or other disabilities such as autism, plus a drop-in session for unpaid carers regardless of age. Our Barn is based at Jubilee Lodge in Osterley Park, Isleworth.

Find out more about Our Barn Community (opens a page on this website)

Working Well Trust

Working Well Trust (opens a page on an external website) provides group and individual support to adults (18+ years) with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism to provide support and guidance with employment. You can contact Working Well Trust on 020 7143 4044 or by email at kingston@wwtrust.co.uk.

Hft Surrey

Support people with learning disabilities and autism to live with more independence and choice across the Surrey area, including Kingston, Sutton, Surbiton, Chessington, and New Malden.

Find out about Hft Surrey (opens a page on this website)

MCCH Supported Employment Service

This supported employment service is for people with autism, learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical disabilities and sensory impairments. They work with the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and Wandsworth Council to support people to gain and keep paid employment.

More about MCCH (opens a page on an this website)

 Caleidoscope CIC

Is not for profit community organisation. supporting families with autistic children. We offer individual support, training for parents and professionals as well as inclusive classes for children such as Art and Lego. We offer professionalism in relaxed, non judgmental environment. Our mission is to break the stigma of autism, raise awareness and promote social inclusion.

More about Caleidoscope CIC (opens a page on this website)