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Autism

Parent support groups

There are many groups available, which you can find by searching the Local Offer Directory, but here are a few Autism-specific groups:

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, including a group for parents of children with PDA ( pathological demand avoidance), 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. 


Please visit www.expresscic.org.uk or email info@expresscic.org.uk for more information and a referral form

Richmond NAS Branch coffee groups

These are held in association with Skylarks

They take place at the St. Stephen’s Crossway Centre. 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2PD.

The nearest parking facilities are at Marble Hill Park’s Pay & Display car park. Directions to this venue can be found on Skylarks  website: Skylarks.charity (opens a page on an external website).

There is a creche facility available - places need to be booked with Skylarks.

Find out more details about Richmond NAS Branch coffee groups (opens a page on an external website)

Skylarks 

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

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

South West London Girls Connect 

was set up in 2014 as a networking group of parents of girls with ASD. It was formed to enable parents and carers of girls to share relevant information, as well as to provide support to each other. This is facilitated through regular coffee mornings which take place across various locations around South West London, as well as through an invitation only Facebook group. The group is also open to older girls / young women with ASD and, if anyone is interested in joining, they should email swlondongirlsconnect@gmail.com for further information. The group holds meetings at Skylarks and Express CIC

Workshops at Grand Avenue Primary School

The school's lead staff member for SEND, Jane Pidduck, runs various training courses, workshops and networking groups for parents, carers and families who have a child or young person on the Autism Spectrum.  Grand Avenue also run groups for siblings of children with autism as well as sibs parent workshops. Please note the sibling attending the group needs to be aged between 7 and 11. You do not have to be connected to this school to take part. 

 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)

For more information, please contact Jane:

Email: jpiddu2@grandavenue.kingston.sch.uk 
Telephone: 020 8399 5344