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A Team

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This project supports a group of like-minded parents and carers who have children on the Autistic Spectrum, including ADHD, challenging Behaviour and learning difficulties. Parents and carers can meet up on the first Friday of each month for a chat and a coffee, helping to form friendships and support for one another.

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental delay disability. It affects a person in many aspects of everyday life and can impact how they make sense of the world around them.

People with Autism face challenges with communication, socialisation and behaviour. They can have sensory difficulties, with things such as lighting, sound and taste and texture.

Autism is a spectrum condition; this means that whilst all people on the spectrum share certain traits, their condition will affect them all in different ways. The spectrum can range from people with autism who manage to lead fully independent lives to those who need a lifetime of support and specialist care.

The A Team are firstly a friendship group where the highs and lows of autism can be celebrated and shared. Whether you are a family of a newly diagnosed child, waiting for a diagnosis for had a diagnosis for a while you are welcome to come along and meet with other people in a similar situation.

There is also a very well supported Facebook forum for A Team parents to chat and empathise with each other:

A Team Facebook Forum

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What our friends and families say...

“Thank you, yet again, to Friends & Families of Special Children for providing opportunities for my son that I never thought he would be able to do.  During the summer he was able to have surfing lessons and enjoy other water sport activities organised by the charity.   When we arrive at the sessions they are always very well planned and as parents we have no explaining to do and even better no apologising for our child’s behaviour!  The staff have an amazing understanding and empathy on the needs of various disabilities of the children and this helps to keep everyone relaxed and happy including the parents/carers!”

October 2015

“It was the best day ever being able to go swimming as a family with her little sister who can only use a hydrotherapy pool. We’re so grateful we can have unforgettable days out thanks to the events you put on. We can thank you enough.”

May 2016

“Not only does the charity provide exciting experiences for the children but can also help with much needed support for the parents.  Being a parent of a disabled child can at times be very lonely and isolating.  To meet with other parents on these activity days is a breath of fresh air and helps you to realise that there are many other people like you facing the similar day to day challenges of having a disabled child.  From our personal experiences we can share stories, offer help and advice and even make new friends.”

January 2018

“The emotional support I received from my befriender was fantastic and the opportunity to off load and reveal my concerns and fears was like having a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

Gareth Allen (parent)

“What a fantastic friendly welcoming place. We visited for the first time this morning for help to fill in a DLA form for our eldest daughter. We were given great help and advice with something we found very overwhelming and difficult.”

February 2017

“Thank you to all staff for looking after our kids at Magdalen Farm. Oliver has really enjoyed himself and can’t wait till the next time.”

August 2017

Activity Calendar

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