Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Future Meetings

Coming up in March...

Thursday 15th March - St James Centre, Derby 7pm to 9pm

We have just a few places left - A talk by Ruth Fidler on understanding and supporting children with PDA.

Thursday 22nd March - Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton 10am to 11.30am

The Branch and Relate are hosting a workshop on 'Discovering independence'.

Friday 23rd March - Ravensdale School, Derby 9.30am to 10.30am

Informal support group - come along and join us for a cuppa & chat!

Coming up in April...

Tuesday 17th April - The Farmhouse, Derby 7pm to 9pm

Branch AGM - with a talk from Connor Ward on 'The transition from an autistic child to an autistic adult'

Thursday 26th April - Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton 10am to 11.30am

Informal support group - come along and join us for a cuppa & chat!

Friday 27th April - Ravensdale School, Derby 9.30am to 10.30am

Using Social Stories - A talk from Louise Bieluch and Rachel Grace from the Derby STEPS team.

Information from Children's Choice Therapy...

Following positive feedback from parents, Children's Choice Therapy are running their 'understanding sensory processing' for parents course. This will be 10am to 2pm on Friday 27th April. Cost is £15 and light lunch is provided. The course is held at their Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Centre (DE13 9PD) and booking and any questions are through

They also have Sensory Play sessions running for children and their parents / carers on Thursday 29th March and Thursday 5th April at 10am and 11am, cost £10 per child per session and booking is through

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Library (please return outstanding books)

Our ever popular Library is usually available at our branch meetings.

If you have an outstanding book please ensure its prompt and safe return. If you have any problems with returning the books (which are branch property), please contact us to make arrangements.

Important Note:
We do ask for each individual book to be signed out with the borrower’s full contact details, and that a donation be made for each book borrowed. All donations for books are used to purchase further titles.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Autism Friendly Film Showings

Autism Friendly screenings are being provided by 2 Derby cinemas and 1 in Nottingham.

The Odeon Cinema, Meteor Centre, Mansfield Road, Derby,DE21 4SY. Check times on their website.

The QUAD Centre in Derby's Market Place (DE1 3AS) has supportive environment screenings. This is an adaptable environment screening with house lights slightly raised, sound lowered, doors open and including no adverts/trailers. For full details of screenings, details of how to book and other information, call The QUAD on 01332 290606 on on-line

Cineworld in Nottingham will have Autism friendly showings on the first Sunday of the month at 11:00am.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Wendy Lawson

On 18th May 2010 we were extremely pleased to have the internationally acclaimed expert on autism Wendy Lawson as our guest speaker. Wendy only tours the UK every couple of years to speak to different groups we were delighted to welcome Wendy to Derby.

For futher information on Wendy, please visit her website at

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Surviving Christmas

The October meeting focussed on "surviving Christmas" where the group suggested various ideas, based upon their own experiences, that may help your Christmas go smoothly. These are summarised below.
  • Allow child to open gifts when they want to (doesn’t even have to be on Christmas Day!) 
  • Do not expect for them to be pleased with unwanted gifts.
  • Make sure in advance that toys are ready straight away i.e. remove any tags, instert batteries etc..
  • Siblings needs should be remembered.
  • Keep everyday routines.
  • Stick with any previously established Christmas routines.
  • Play games to help involve them with relatives (they’ve done the social bit then!)
  • Involve them with decorations so no surprises
  • Social story around Santa
  • Avoid queues for Santa by explaining child’s Autism
  • Ring ahead to book slot
  • Get there for when it opens
  • Ring Santa if you have his number!
  • Continue with PECS, social stories, use of calendar- more important than ever
  • Restrict number of family/friends
  • Be aware of sensory needs such as the smell of candles, food, feel of paper, noise of crackers etc..
  • Possibly keep decorations in one room (or outside)
  • Food- do not expect them to change diet
  • Relatives need reminding that Autism is 24 hours, 365 days a year and will not disappear for Christmas
  • Try not to rearrange furniture to accommodate tree, beds, sleeping arrangements, where you keep things
  • Schools to be aware of pupil’s needs and work with parents over expectations. What mainstream pupils enjoy doesn’t always include the one or two Autistic pupils- reasonable adjustments to be made (e.g. not off timetable for too long)
  • Shopping could cause sensory overload as they're obviously busier and noisier than usual. 
  • Do not expect them to be excited- they may not want to get up early and may want to do normal activities
  • Make Christmas for them: no expectations on them, use your “Autism eyes”
  • Do not put extra pressures on them on Christmas Day, for example do not choose Christmas Day to nag about changing clothes
  • Finally, go easy on yourself, keep dinner as hassle-free as you can, don’t expect perfection, and maybe wait until they’re in bed before you exchange your gifts!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Autism Act 2009

Today the NAS has made legal history! The Autism Bill has made it through its last parliamentary stage, and will now become the Autism Act 2009: the first-ever disability-specific law for England.

The Act will guarantee a future Adult Autism Strategy that will introduce a range of legal duties to improve local services. We will of course continue to campaign until the strategy makes a real difference to people affected by autism.

You, our members and campaigners, and the wider coalition of autism organisations across the UK, have all been vital to achieving this landmark victory. Thank you!

For further details please visit