AP Cymru - The Autism Charity

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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7 hours ago

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We are working our way through your emails and will book you all in as soon as we can 💜Our Family Support Service provides advocacy, a listening ear, advice, information, guidance and assistance when you need it the most. Both our senior team and our education team are all either autistic themselves and/or parents of autistic children, so will have lived experience. Family dynamics, relationships, benefits, puberty, education, statementing, sensory needs, stimming & bullying are just some of the topics that we can talk through with you.At present, due to Covid restrictions, these sessions are provided by our team via video call using the platform zoom. They last for around 45 minutes and always need to be booked in advance. There is usually a 3-5 day waiting list, however, if your request for support is of an urgent nature then we will endeavour to book you in within 24-48 hours. You can book one of these sessions through email familysupportservice@apcymru.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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We have been inundated with video call requests over the past few days. Team AP are working our way through the emails and will book everyone in ASAP. Thank you for your patience and we will see you soon 👀Our Family Support Service provides advocacy, a listening ear, advice, information, guidance and assistance when you need it the most. Both our senior team and our education team are all either autistic themselves and/or parents of autistic children, so will have lived experience. Family dynamics, relationships, benefits, puberty, education, statementing, sensory needs, stimming & bullying are just some of the topics that we can talk through with you.At present, due to Covid restrictions, these sessions are provided by our team via video call using the platform zoom. They last for around 45 minutes and always need to be booked in advance. There is usually a 3-5 day waiting list, however, if your request for support is of an urgent nature then we will endeavour to book you in within 24-48 hours. You can book one of these sessions through email familysupportservice@apcymru.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

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Our Hero of the Week this week is ARIANNA 🏆 She’s been poorly for a few days and even though she had to complete COVID tests, she's taken it all in her stride. Arianna was recently diagnosed with Asthma, but she’s a sassy, resilient, tough little cookie and her mum (and our team!) is very proud of her! ➡️ If you’d like to celebrate your child’s achievements with us, join our AP Cymru Family today: apcymru.org.uk/families ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

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This is great - follow our friends at The Nurture Programme!Education, education, education...This time, it's my education I'm banging on about!Before JJ was diagnosed, when we first learned about PDA, I decided to spend as much of my time as possible reading and learning about autism and PDA. Apart from the odd break to listed to a Stephen King audiobook (I love being scared) and watching Line of Duty (obviously!!), I've done a fair bit. However with my awful memory issues aka 'brain fog', please don't test me! I've done some professional courses too, one with Positive Autism Support and Training and another with The Nurture Programme Both excellent, and I highly recommend. Importantly, both organisations are run by/include autistic voices in their content. My latest course is a government funded one entitled 'Understanding Autism' (an initiative, post-Covid, to upskill the nation I think). I enrolled as it is an accredited, level 2 course and if I ever manage to get back to work, it would be great to have something concrete to put on my CV in these...ahem...'wilderness years'. However, after the last two courses, and all my time spent on Facebook groups learning from #actuallyautistic people, this feels like going back in time. Today I've been learning about Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism as, along with Autism, 'two of the three spectrum conditions'. But...HFA and Asperger's are *no longer* diagnosed in the UK! (Also, functioning labels are widely regarded by the autistic community as harmful and misleading. And as the parent of an autistic child whose needs vary day-by-day, I am fully behind this.) If the study of Asperger's and HFA was noted to be in a historical context then I could understand it, but it's not. It's in the introductory element under 'Autism Spectrum Conditions'. And...WHAT ABOUT PDA????!!!I actually think there's no excuse for missing PDA out. It is possible (not easy, but possible) to obtain a diagnosis of Autism with a PDA Profile, or similar, in the UK. The PDA Society was set up in 1996, so that gives you an idea of how long people have been talking about this neurotype. I think it's a bit lazy, to be honest, and needs a good update. Which, of course, I will suggest when I email and ask if there were any autistic voices who contributed to the course. Right, better get on with it and stop distracting myself with righteous indignation! Hopefully the rest of the course will be better thought out. The attached graphic, courtesy of PDA Societyis the kind of thing I was hoping to read in the course... ... See MoreSee Less
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HUGEST thank you to @Matt_Lissack for completing his 1 million steps fundraiser for #AutismAcceptanceMonth at our charity shop!

All funds raised are going directly to our charity to help us support autistic individuals & their families. Sponsor Matt here: http://justgiving.com/fundraising/mattsmillionmonth

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