We have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for the Starbucks Cheer For Good campaign. All charities selected will get a grant of at least £500, but the top thirty charities who make the most noise between 29th November and 20th December will get a huge £2,000!
As a self-funded charity who gets between 5 and 11 new referrals each week, that money will make a huge difference. It will allow us to support more families going through the autism diagnostic process, provide parent clinics and workshops to provide practical guidance and skills to families whilst they are on lengthy NHS waiting lists for intervention from specialists such as dietitians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, managing behaviour that challenges advisers, and more.
YOU can help, and it’s really simple. Just follow the three steps, and make a difference to the lives of people living with autism.
AP Rangers Session – 16th October 2017
The AP Rangers had a brilliant session this week. The children had lots of fun, whilst learning skills which do not come naturally to most people on the autism spectrum.
Part of the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, is having difficulty with social communication. For many autistics, this means that correctly reading body language is much harder than for their neurotypical peers. Football can assist with both reading body language and social imagination. In football, players need to instinctively know the next few moves that each team is likely to make, and this is where social imagination and body language come in. From knowing whether someone is about to pass you the ball from a slight nod of the head, to thinking that if you pass the ball now, you’re setting up a goal attempt (and that the person you’re passing to has the same thought as you) all make use of these skills. The knowledge gained on the pitch can then be taken into other areas, making social communication in general that much easier.
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**A huge THANK YOU to Caerphilly Castle**
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