Autism Support

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilitiesmental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

The National Autistic Society Link

At Kingsley St John's we work very closely with a number of agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils with ASD. These include the Cheshire Autism Team, Speech and Language therapists ,Shine therapy and links with specialist provision such as Hinderton school.

All our staff attend regular training around ASD , delivered by a variety of different organizations, recently we held Tier 1 training from the Autism Education Trust, and are hosting Tier 2 soon (see the school calander or contact the school office for more information) These events are open to parents and carers as well as staff, as a school we value the positive partnerships we have with our parents. In addition we are lucky enough to have three members of staff who are Elklan trained in speech and language , and have attended the Early bird and Talk ability programs. However we are always learning and are keen to extend and develop our knowledge whenever possible!

As part of our school day we incorporate sensory circuits for those pupils who need sensory input to ensure our pupils start the day in the best possible way. All our classrooms have visual timetables and a range of resources and strategies are used to enable all pupils to access a broad,balanced curriculum. We also have close links with local high schools and are able to put in place an extended,personalised transition for our Y6 pupils which continues into Y7 if necessary.

We hope to update this page regularly with news,events and training. If there is anything as parents you wish to share please contact Mrs Gibson

Link to CWAC NAS calander of events http://www.nas-cheshire.org.uk/news/ 
 

NAS newsletter

Spring newsletter now out www.nas-cheshire.org.uk

 

Shopping

 Looking for sensory toys ? Check out  Pheebsters https://www.pheebsters.com/collections/99p-toys for a selection of sensory toys.

http://chewigem.co.uk/    https://www.sensorytoywarehouse.com/category/chewing/  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chuchumz-Bracelet-Chewelry-Teething-Children/dp/B0112PATKM

Autism friendly shopping at Cheshire Oaks

Cheshire Oaks host a monthly Autism Friendly shopping experience, with a couple of adaptions to help ease the anxiety that shopping can cause and also to help build confidence for people on the autism spectrum and their friends/families. 

The adaptions include; lights turned down low, music turned off/low, a number of quiet zones throughout the site for a place to go if feeling overwhelmed and need a break, staff have received training in autism from our award winning Autism in Practice Department.

 Also if you visit the customer service office when you arrive, you can collect a map of the site which outlines all the quiet zones and also some autism alert cards which can be handed out to the public or staff if required.

The next Autism Friendly Shopping Night will be on 7th February 5:00 - 9:00pm

 

Cineworld autism friendly cinema screenings

Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month at 11am. Listed below are the participating sites including Runcorn.

AuKids Magazine

 AuKids magazine was an idea resulting from a chat between two friends who originally met as parent and professional – Tori Houghton, a specialist speech and language therapist, and Debby Elley, a journalist and parent of twins with autism.


Launched in 2008 and distributed to families living with a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Manchester area, it soon became so popular among the autism community that they decided to go national with it.

 

For more information clink the link http://www.aukids.co.uk/index.shtml

 

Contact a Family Newsletter

Please follow the link below to access the Autumn/Winter edition of the Contact a Family Newsletter, this is a great newsletter full of loads of information and is free to access, you can sign up to receive it via email or post from their website.

Contact a Family Newsletter Link

 

 

 

 

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