AP Cymru

Creating Opportunities &
Celebrating Difference

AP Cymru – The Autism Charity provides direct, bespoke support to autistic individuals and their families during all stages of their journey. We provide exclusive inclusive activities for the whole family, Autism Champion Training, clinics, workshops and a Face2Face support service.

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Greta Thunberg says ‘gift' of Asperger's Syndrome helps her see through environment 'lies'
‘It also makes me see things from outside the box’
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We are really looking forward to seeing all of the photos from our supporters of our #PurplePledge this April!

Thank you to each and everyone of you 💜

#Purplepledge #April #WorldAutismWeek #Charity
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Be more Gavin!!!

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When middle schoolers arrived at a skate park, a 13-year-old was caught on tape showing his true character, leaving a bystander “shocked.”

This isn’t a story about teens misbehaving -- it’s about the kindness that emerges when least expected
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We love this!Here’s a thought from me (me being a late diagnosed Autistic woman/Mum of two Autistic children).

In our house, we speak about Autism in a matter of fact way. We acknowledge differences, we acknowledge shared experiences, we acknowledge diversity- including neurodiversity.

We talk about masking/unmasking, we talk about stimming, we talk about the frustration/confusion/overwhelm that arises from a pattern of behaviour being broken in a way that feels unfair, a broken pattern that can never be remedied (this might seem like a random example, but it was drawn from a very tearful conversation with my son a few minutes ago #RecencyEffect).

We link these things to our Autistic Identities; we develop (over time) an understanding that lots of people don’t have the same experience as us and might not understand these things. Not because these things are wrong, but because lots of people aren’t Autistic, and lots of people don’t know much about Autism (yet).

We do this because in knowing ourselves we can know our needs (as a family and as individuals) and move towards finding our Autistic wellbeing, our flavour of flourishing.

I know I am talking about talking, and there are many Autistics who don’t talk in the way I am talking about. Neurodevelopmental divergence indeed results in a range of neurodevelopmental profiles. But please understand that the core message here still applies.

Tiptoeing around Autism and trying not to mention it gives the impression that Autism is something wrong, something shameful, something to be feared and avoided. Matter-of-fact, open dialogue about Autism within the family culture coupled with *developmentally appropriate* information shared with children as they grow in age and readiness can help develop a positive Autistic Identity and support mental health in the long term.

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself” - Dumbledore (book)/ Hermione (movie) but JK Rowling all round.

#AutismAcceptance #AutisticWellbeing #ActuallyAutistic #Neurodivergent #KnowYourNeurotype #autinsightautinmind
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This is so true!

#loveyourself #timeforyou #priority #askforhelp
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Our families enjoyed a fantastic Easter themed science workshop today. Creating catapults, to standing on eggs, to egg parachute making and launching, to walking on custard !!
#learningthroughplay #sensory #education #fun

Some of our non-verbal students @Beechwood_Coll have created a virtual art gallery to support their Student Council's efforts to raise money for @AP_CYMRU. Take a look https://t.co/oRq28ksFAm

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We are really looking forward to seeing all of the photos from our supporters of our #PurplePledge this April!

Thank you to each and everyone of you 💜

#Purplepledge #April #WorldAutismWeek #Charity

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Global’s Make Some Noise

AP Cymru are happy and privileged to announce that we are one of Global’s Make Some Noise’s charities for 2018. Not only have they pledged to raise money to help fund our Face-to-Face Outreach Service, they are providing training and support to team AP, and lifting up our voices, and those of other charities just like ours.

For more information about Global’s Make Some Noise and how they’re supporting AP Cymru, please click here.

Slimebuster Workshop – 13th March 2018

The children had a fantastic time at our Slimebuster workshop on Tuesday 13th March 2018, and learned all about the science of making slime – perfect for National Science Week. They loved choosing colours and glitters to make their creations as unique as they are, and were thrilled that they could take their creations home.

Many of the children (and adults) who participated have sensory integration difficulties, particularly regarding smell, touch and texture. We are extremely proud of all who attended the session as although (as with all of our workshops) attendees can participate as much or as little as they like, all who attended handled the slime with their bare hands completely of their own volition; a huge step for many who came and a testament to their comfort at AP Cymru sessions.

Alongside sensory integration, the children demonstrated brilliant sharing and turn taking skills, and had a lot of fun socialising with their friends. It is extremely important to these children and their families that they are able to participate in fun activities in a small group setting, and AP Cymru strive to provide a wide range of activities such as this workshop to cater for every stage and age. The children come to have fun, and leave with increased confidence and self-esteem.

In order for AP Cymru to continue to facilitate workshops and fun activities for autistic people and their families, we rely heavily on public support as we receive no government funding. If you wish to make a donation, please click here. You will be making a huge difference to autistic people and their families.

Stop Motion Animation Session – 22nd January 2018

The children had a brilliant time at their stop motion animation session with Codez Academy. As this was the first week, the children could choose whether they wanted to work in groups or individually for the duration of the course, and started to think about what their end video could be.

The session began with a video showing the children what can be achieved using stop motion animation. Following the clip, the children created storyboards, and created draft figures out of Plasticine to get an idea of how their ideas can be brought to life. There was some fantastic team work, and amazing creativity from all of the children. We can’t wait until next week when they will start building their sets using recycled materials.

Vol nteering: all that’s missing is U!

We are filling our fundraising diary quickly, and have a large number of events planned already. Unfortunately, our core team is extremely small, and we need your help.

Join our volunteer bank today, and commit as little as one hour of your time.