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SUPPORT GROUPS AND HELPLINES

Haringey Autism (NAS Haringey)

Meets first Thursday of every month during term times at The Village Club, 27 Alexandra Gardens, London N10. (Or sometimes second Thursday if term begins in the few days after the first Thursday) For local parents of children with autism/Aspergers. Mutual support, friendship, speakers and a lot of coffee. Plus lending library. Monthly newsletter. Call for details of future meetings and to be added to mailing list. Newsletter and all events free of charge -Julia Wilkins 8889 8422. Petra Herzig 8883 0060. Website: <http://haringeyautism.port5.com/> (Or go to google.com and type in the keywords 'haringey' and 'autism')

Markfield Project and Parent Partnership Scheme - Friday parents group (run by same Julia who runs Haringey Autism) 10 - 12 in termtimes, plus individual sessions to help parents with education and parenting advice. Call 020 8800 4134 and ask for the Family Support team.Rachel, Bola, Julia, Kate, Ruth

National Autistic Society. Huge and very good website. www.autism.org.uk

NAS Helpline with language help in 55 languages if required. 0845 070 4004

NAS Advocacy for Education Service: 0845 070 4002NAS Parent to Parent Service: 0800 9 520 52

Kith and Kids.

For families with a member with a physical or learning disability. Family support, information on educational, medical and social issues, weekend and evening activities and holiday projects for members, development of 'friendship' schemes, supporting of members' social integration. (presently Kith and Kids autistic members are aged 8 - 35 years). There is a waiting list to join. Carol and Helen. Tel: 8801 7432.

Resources for Autism

Group based in Finchley running frequent training courses for parents of children with autism, with advice on education and statementing etc. They have an extensive library of books about autism. (For the children there are art and music therapy classes. Also summer play schemes, a Saturday club for children with autism and Aspergers Syndrome aged 8 - 11, and a Wednesday youth club for teenagers on the spectrum.) They regularly run holiday playschemes in Haringey. Tel: 020 8458 3259.

YASS!

Young Autistic Spectrum Socialising. Parent run group based in Barnet who run frequent family get togethers in parks throughout the summer holidays plus other events. Call Christine Marchesi for details on 8449 5251

Haringey Dyslexia Support Group - support and reading and writing tutors for children with dyslexia and related problems.Call Mons 5-7pm 020 8348 4292.

Try also Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association for cheap dyslexia screening and classes.

Harts for Families support line 0845 303 2350. Advice for Haringey families on housing provision, benefits, special needs provision.

CARIS - Fantastic advice team based behind St Ann's Church on St Ann's Road.N15. Housing advice and help for families who are in temporary accommodation. They also run summer play schemes for children and their parents, special needs children welcome. Tel 020 8800 5300

Contact-a-Family. 0808 808 3555. General special needs legal and education advice.

IPSEA - (education advice) - 0800 018 4016

ACE - (Advisory Centre for Education) - 0808 800 5793

And last but not least…….The amazing NAS website

you can find most things on the NAS website(www.autism.org.uk) - check out their factsheets A-Z section - great sheets on toiletting problems, eating problems, sensory problems, transport, education and everything imaginable on autism and Aspergers.