New research to understand the sensory needs of autistic mothers

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Moyna Talcer has received approval on her MSc research project by the University of Ulster’s Research Ethics Committee. Moyna a Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist based in Wallington and a cherished committee member at NAS Sutton is hoping her research uncovers the sensory needs of mothers on the autistic spectrum. If you are interested in participating in the research project or simply want to know more information about it, please check the below flyer.

World Autism Awareness Week

Together with Sutton Mencap, Sutton Parents Forum, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust and other partners, the Sutton branch of The National Autistic Society marked World Autism Awareness Week 2018 (26 March – 2 April), to improve public understanding of autism.

Anyone with an interest in autism was invited to drop into the Sutton Salvation Army Church on Tuesday 27th March 2018 between 10.30am and 12.30pm for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee. There was art on display from autistic artist Louis Morel as well as short videos from our ‘Too Much Information’ campaign.

“This free event was aimed at individuals with autism, parents, carers, family members and professional staff, as well as adults who have never received a diagnosis but who suspect they may be on the autistic spectrum,” explained Lee, who runs the branch’s support group for adults.

Roberta Heys, co-chair of the Sutton branch said, “We want to thank everyone for their tremendous efforts. We are very proud of Lee for helping to arrange this event and for collaborating with other local organisations to increase understanding of autism.”

Launch of Support Group for Adults with Autism and Asperger’s

Following on from a course run by the Sutton ASD Assessment Team in 2017, a group of autistic adults identified that there was a need for local support beyond the diagnostic service that was provided. The Sutton branch of The National Autistic Society aided in getting this started, and the first public meeting took place in September 2017.

The support group aims to offer a safe space for sharing experiences of living with autism, promote peer connection and learning and enlist staff from local organisations to present information on relevant topics. The group is led by volunteer facilitator. After introductions there is usually a talk or presentation followed by a refreshment break, questions or discussion and a conclusion. Some meetings are run as a workshop. Some topics that have been covered are communication skills, benefits, diagnosis, social services and support networks.

As of July 2018, the group meets at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, SM5 3NL on the last Tuesday of the month from 6.30 – 8:00 pm. The group is open to anyone 18+ who has been diagnosed or thinks that they may be on the autistic spectrum. A supporter is permitted to attend along with a member.