Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
A support group for parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
We are located in North Warwickshire; however, since many of the monthly meeting topics are of interest to all, families in other local areas are welcome to attend.
- monthly meetings
- guest speakers
- social events for adults
- social events for children
- support and advice when needed.
We will be attending Nuneaton Carnival on 10 June to raise some funds and awareness for our group.
We currently meet on the second Monday of each month at Fife Street Club in Nuneaton, 8pm start.
We also hold a coffee morning on the last Thursday of each month at the Guidepost Cafe in Nuneaton 10am-12pm.
For more information, please visit our website.
Autism Outreach Tour 2012
The Autism Outreach bus (run by Autism West Midlands) will be visiting the following parks in Warwickshire during the Summer holidays:
- Ryton park, Warwickshire, 26 July 10am – 3pm
- Kingsbury water park, Sutton Coldfield, 10 August 10am – 3pm
- Hartshill park, Nuneaton, 14 August 10am – 3pm
- Stratford Greenway, Stratford, 20 August 10am – 3pm
Download the flyer for more information:
Atherstone support group
In conjunction with Guideposts, a new support group has been set up in Atherstone:
Dates: every second Wednesday of the month
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Starting: 13 June 2012
Venue: Shortcrusts Cafe, 51-51A Station Street, Atherstone, CV9 1DB
For more information, call: 024 7638 5888.
Warwickshire Autism Awareness sessions
Autism West Midlands’ Family Services are providing autism awareness sessions funded by the Act Foundation for non paid carers of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Wednesday, 11 July 9.30am – 1pm: Nuneaton
Wednesday, 9 May 9:30am – 1pm: Rugby
Tuesday, 8 May 9:30am – 1pm: Warwick
Please download a flyer below:
Post diagnostic family support project
The National Autistic Society (NAS) were successful in securing funding from Warwickshire CAMHS. This has enabled the NAS to provide a six month post diagnostic family support project to families living, or accessing services in, the Warwickshire and Coventry area.
This will include a support group, help! family support sessions, and seminars.
For more information, please download the flyer and attendance form below:
The following help! family support sessions are free for two family members:
Sensory needs: Wednesday, 4 July 10am – 2.30pm, Leamington Spa.
Download the flyers below for more information, and download and complete the booking form if you would like to book a place on either or both of these days.
PAWS workshops for parents
PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) has been set up under the wing of Dogs for the Disabled, working with parents and carers of children with autism, to explore the helping potential that a pet dog can have overcoming everyday situations.
Parents are invited to attend a series of three, one day workshops. These workshops cover a variety of topics; from how the dog can help children’s individuals needs, to selecting the right dog, how to meet the behavioural needs of their dog, safety in the home, practical skill building for training their dog, and so much more.
The workshops are open to both dog owners and those without pet dogs, to parents of children aged between 3-16 years, with a clinical diagnosis of autism. Feel free to browse the website to see what some of our families have gained since the project launched http://paws.dogsforthedisabled.org.
Venue: Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Honiley, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1NP
Workshop 1: Tuesday, 19 June 2012 (10am start, 3.00pm finish approx.)
Workshop 2: Tuesday, 17 July 2012 (10am start, 3.00pm finish approx.)
Workshop 3: Tuesday, 21 August 2012 (10am start, 3.00pm finish approx.)
Download flyer for more information:
Warwickshire Parent Support Groups and advice sessions
For parents and carers who have children on the autism spectrum.
Autism West Midlands’ Family Services are providing autism advice sessions for parents and carers of individuals on the autism spectrum or have concerns about a child. The sessions are for one to one appointments only.
Autism West Midlands also provide parent support group sessions. Please download the flyer below for dates of support group meetings in Warwickshire in the Summer.
Please contact Katie Oliver (Family Outreach Worker) on 07961 072803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rugby evening sessions for parents and daytime clinic
Autism West Midlands and IDS Autism Team, Rugby area, have come together to provide an evening parent support group for parents/carers who have a child on the autism spectrum.
Dates: Monday, 14 May and Monday, 9 July
Venue: Oakfield Park, 32 Bilton Road, Rugby, CV22 7AL
For Further information contact Katie Oliver on 07961 072803: email email@example.com, or to book a place ring admin at Faraday Hall on 01926 476928.
In addition to the above, there is also a clinic which operates on an appointment basis. Parents will have one to one sessions with Katie Oliver and Helen Scoffham.
20 minute appointments will be available on:
Dates: Tuesday, 24 April
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Oakfield Children’s Centre, Oakfield Road, Rugby, CV21 6AU
Contact Katie Oliver on tel: 07961 072803 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Friendly Screenings – Odeon
Watch selected films in an autism friendly environment:
- lights up and sound on low with no trailers
- freedom to move around the cinema
- bring your own refreshments.
More than fifty Odeon cinemas around the UK are offering this service, including Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton and Worcester.
The next autism friendly screening is:
For the latest Autism Friendly Screening news monthly simply request the e-news bulletin from
Autism Friendly Screenings are brought to you by learning disability and autism support provider, Dimensions and cinema group Odeon in a joint campaign to improve people’s access to the cinema.
Download the flyer for more information:
Cineworld Rugby are also offering autism friendly screenings. You can take your own snacks and drinks.
Bedworth Autism Clinic
Bedworth Heath Nursery School & Children’s Centre and Autism West Midlands have come together to provide a regular clinic for parents who have, or are concerned their child is on the autism spectrum. The clinic will be on a appointment basis to allow parents to have one to one session with Katie Oliver, a family outreach worker from Autism West Midlands.
To make an appointment please contact Katie Oliver, tel: 07961 072803, or email: email@example.com
Get Together in Coventry
Come and Share Group: This group is for people with a diagnosis of Autism / Aspergers and their families, to enable you to get to know other families that are affected by ASD.
Meeting at: Union Place Baptist Church & Community Centre, Oban Road, Longford, Coventry CV6 6HH.
Every second Wednesday of the month, 5pm till 7pm.
Coventry Autism Resource Base
The Autism Resource Base is open on an appointment basis. Please contact us if you would like to book an appointment to visit the resource base. The Autism Resource Base is a partnership project between Exhall Grange Specialist School and Science College and the National Autistic Society. The Base provides good quality information and resources to people who are affected by autism or have an interest in autism. Other organisations are also involved and we aim eventually to provide resources to support a wide range of conditions, disabilities and impairments.
The Resource Base offers a variety of events, including workshops, seminars and group sessions for people who are affected by autism, their families and professionals. Our programme of events is constantly changing, so please contact us for up to date information. We also aim to respond to suggestions and requirements; please contact us with your ideas!
As noted, the resource base is appointment based only, so please contact Sharlene Davis (Regional Officer-West Midlands) by email: Sharlene.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07500 089 529.
Autism Resource Base
Conference Suite, Exhall Grange Campus
The conference suite is in the detached building located at the right hand side of the car park.
The NAS Parent to Parent Service
The NAS Parent to Parent Service line is a confidential telephone support service for parents and carersof an adult or child on the autism spectrum. It is provided by trained parent volunteers across the UK who have personal experience of autism and want to do something to support others in similar situations.The volunteers – both mothers and fathers – have a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight to talk through any issues, problems and feelings you are experiencing. They can also point you to other sources of information and support.
National Helpline (including Welfare and Benefits) : 0808 800 4104
Education Rights Helpline: 0808 800 4102
Parent 2 Parent Support: 0808 800 4106