Wednesday, 18 October 2017

October Half Term - Sensory play sessions with Children's Choice Therapy

They are having more Sensory Play sessions during this half term - these create a safe sensory integration environment for children to play, with parents / carers present, and an OT on site. Tea, coffee also available! These sessions cost £10 for an hour and are booked through or through the website

Please contact them directly for more information.

Tuesday 24th October 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Thursday 26th October 10am and 11am

Friday, 8 September 2017

Future Meetings - October onwards

This is an overview of the meetings we have over the next 4 weeks;
(please note - the Special Interests Talk has been moved from October to November)

Thursday 19th October - 7pm - 9pm - St Clares School

Sensory processing differences in autistic children

A talk by Alison Hart (Occupational Therapist)


Tuesday 14th November - 7pm - 9pm - The Farmhouse (Pub!)

Anxiety in children and young people with intellectual disability

A talk by Alison Campbell, a Learning Disability Nurse from CAMHS PLEASE BOOK PLACES FOR THIS VIA EMAIL

Other meetings

Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton
Thursday Morning 10.00 - 11.30am

23rd November

The Local Offer
Laura Corden from the Family Information Service is coming along to talk about how this is working for people. Also, will be the opportunity to talk with other members.
Please EMAIL to book a place.

Ravensdale School
Friday mornings 9.30 – 10.30am
29th September
24th November – Special Interests Talk (Conor Ward)
15th December

The Farmhouse
Tuesday evenings 7-9pm
14th November – Anxiety Talk (Alison Campbell)

St Clares School
Thursday evenings 7-9pm
19th October – Sensory Talk (Alison Hart)
23rd November

Friday, 21 July 2017

Message from Umbrella

Message from Umbrella (if you would like a booking form, please email us and we will forward one on to you).

The Family Support team have arranged some workshops for Parents and Carers with Emma from Contact a Family; These are free workshops, and include lunch and refreshments. Please see the booking forms for details. If you which to attend any sessions please either complete the form and return it by email or call 01332 785658 so we can take details from you.

14th September at Baptist Church, Broadway, Derby
10am - 12 noon Support for Education workshop will give those attending an understanding of the system of support for children with special educational needs and disability in schools and colleges. Information on how to find out if your child is eligible for extra support in school and information on EHC plans.

12.30pm - 2.30pm Behaviour that Challenges Workshop will give parents and understanding of what we mean by challenging behaviour, A chance to talk about and explore the impact, causes and purpose of challenging behaviour and strategies to manage challenging behaviour.

5th October at Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper

10am - 12 noon Siblings workshop will give parents information on how to support siblings with their feelings, Identify strategies to help with communicating and information on how to help siblings develop their own support networks.

12.30pm - 2.30pm Puberty and Relationships will give parents an overview of puberty and the changes to expect. Strategies to keep your child safe. An understanding of appropriate behaviour for children with SEN. Information on where to go to get more help and support.

Don't forget our Picnics this summer at Shipley Park on 5th August and Markeaton on 30th August 10am to 4pm drop by anytime.
We look forward to seeing you soon

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!