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Coronavirus resources

Lockdown learning

BBC Bitesize is currently aiming its free online interactive resources at the lockdown situation.       So what is Bitesize and how do you use it?        See About us         Click icon to browse or get started.

Education technology

There is a range of help available to access remote education to those who qualify.       Parents cannot apply directly but need to contact schools to get help.      Click icon to find out more.       For example data allowances for mobile phones.

Tips

The National Autistic Society has produced a range of tips for autistic people and families.        Click icon to browse.

Government guidance

SKDC has launched its Covid community information hub.      Click icon to get the latest for the Grantham area.

  • Phone: 01476 406177 / 406358 : 8am – 7pm
  • Email:  SKCommunityHub@southkesteven.gov.uk

See also  for the UK government’s complete Guidance and support

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Parent to parent

The National Autistic Society has set up a Parent to parent emotional support helpline.       Phone them or fill in an online form to request a phone call.       Click icon to find out more.

Return to school

Parents

The National Autistic Society has set out guidance for parents of children on the autistic spectrum about the return to school in September.       Click icon to view.       See also directive to schools about support of SEND pupils.        new

EHCP

The NAS has also set out answers to questions about the way the return to school in September affects children with an Education, Health and Care Plan.        Click icon to view. 

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum seem to do quite a bit of what you might call heavy lifting.        Click icon to see their Coronavirus articles on the right hand side.        Notably, a ministerial SEND letter, of Jun 2020, about plans for the return to school.

Ambitious about autism

On the Ambitious about Autism website, find:  Home > About autism > Coronavirus
– The Coronavirus resources page has some easy reading downloads.
– They have a couple of pages about the return to school.       Look for it in Corona > Education.       new

https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/

They have also published a children’s story, The world has turned upside down.        Click icon and scroll down to find it.       There is also a link to their website at the top of the Twitter feed.

Resources and updates

National Autistic Society has collected together resources and news for the current situation.        Click icon to browse.        Also:

  • Here is an NHS fact sheet about Coronavirus for kids.
  • The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has produced a podcast featuring two clinical psychologists about getting children with autism through this time of upheaval.
  • The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has its own Covid-19 information and resources page.       It includes information about legal rights.        They have some ideas to help to make hand washing fun.

Shine

Shine has just put out a newsletter that addresses some issues of current interest.        Click icon to browse.       new

Shine Lincolnshire, the mental health support network, are putting on virtual coffee mornings for carers in Lincolnshire.      They are regularly on Mon, Wed & Fri on Zoom.      See how they work.      Their website has details about all the latest events.

Shine aims to put people with mental health issues in touch with sources of support.       See Shine basics

Emotional wellbeing

There seem to be some new  resources and services developed to support for emotional wellbeing and mental health in Lincolnshire.        Click icon for GAIN guide.

The friendly garden

The Friendly Garden is the location for a range of garden related events organised by the Sage Gardener.       They have made changes to the way they do things to make events COVID safe so that members can make the most of the outdoors and the natural world and feel better.      They are geared up for older people rather than children.        See Mainstream activities to find out more.

Scams

With current Coronavirus restrictions it seems wise to be aware that criminals have been seeking to exploit increased dependence on the internet.      This BBC article highlights efforts in the UK to combat on-line scams.       Click icon to view.       Here are a few pointers for safeguarding yourself.

Social story

Here is a social story about seeing people with face masks.        Click icon to take a look.       If it is not just what you want, does it give you any ideas?       See also: how to write your own         free images

Face coverings

Professor Ellen Townsend makes a plea for compassion for those who cannot wear face coverings.       She outlines the many reasons why some people may not be using a face covering.       Professor Townsend leads research at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham.
Click icon for article.       See also:  Mask anxiety

Health

The NHS continues to update its Coronavirus page.        It is straight forward to browse.        Click icon to view.

Lincolnshire heritage & culture

Lincolnshire County Council have a number of short stories from long ago, produced by Lincoln Castle, on Youtube.       Click play button to see the list.

Lincoln Castle have also published a free audio guide download to the castle.       Click download to scan QR code with your Android or iPhone.

Key terms

Here is a table of school years and ages:

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Professionals

Professional practice

The National Autistic Society has many pages about professional practice.       Click icon to browse their list.
More specifically see:  teachers        Also transition guides:  to primary school        leaving school        mental health

Employ autism network

Ambitious About Autism are looking for people to sign up.       They are seeking employers, educators etc.       Click icon to find their Employ Autism Network page.

Finished at school

Ambitious About Autism published a guide at the end of their Finished at School(FaS) campaign.       The learning it captured is intended to support colleges in developing effective practice to support learners with autism to make a successful transition from school to college and into adult life.        Click icon for guide.

See also:  www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk         Twitter has a link to the website at the top of its display.       Once there navigate to:

Menu > Who we are > Campaigns > Finished at School 

Team Around the Child

As a guide, a TAC is required where two or more support services are involved.        Click icon for Lincolnshire Council guidance and assessment portal.

Here is a one stop resourcefor those in need of Teams Around a Child: Early Help Lincolnshire       Here is the TAC website establised by Peter Limbrick who developed TAC.       This link gives a feel for how things might work: TAC meetings

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This is a page for professionals who may be quite new to autism.        See also:  Autism awareness        SEN/EHC Information         Sensory sensitivity for Sensory Processing Disorder under SPD.

TEACCH

Treatmentand Educationof Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) is another broad brush approach to working with children or adults with autism.        It has more to do with values and priorities than specific techniques.        Click icon for more detail.
The NAS Early bird programme draws on the TEACCH approach.        See also:  Autism UK       Wikipedia

Training courses

Supporting inclusion

Click icon for Lincolnshire Council pages about supporting inclusion.       It covers aspects of special educational needs & disabilityfor professionals.        They also has a specialist school support services page in  EduLincs            (new)

Lincolnshire has four integrated locality teams.       SENCOs from all early years providers, registered childminders and out of school club managers can request Early Years inclusion support.        See Early years support         It has an inclusion support referralform at the bottom of the page and email addresses.

Working together team

The Working Together Team offers support to schools and academies for students with a wide range of social communicationand / or learningneeds.        See also:  detail          SEN Support – Scroll down to Social communication outreach.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free teaching aids for children with special educational needs.          Here is the Speech page.        Their terms of use are brief.

Co-ordination

Early years can extend as far as the age of 18 with ESCO.       This is short for Early years Support Care & Co-ordination,

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Preparing for change

Preparing for adulthood

Contact has a series of pages about preparing for adulthood.       Click Icon on the  right to  browse.       new

Here is the Moving on and preparing for adulthood booklet co-produced by Lincolnshire County Council and the Pelican Trust.
It is part of the Promoting Independence Project in response to requests for information from young people with SEND and Parent / Carers.        Click icon on the left to browse.

Dealing with change

The National Autistic Society website has a guide to preparing for big changes in life.       Click icon to browse.      new

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See also  Education  under Schooling problems at the bottom of the page.        For a few life skills college courses see College and University.

Options at age 16

Contact, the family support charity, has produced an introduction to the support and options for education beyond 16.         Click icon to view.        See also:  the facts         handy FAQs

Support up to age 25

There were changes in 2014.        Click icon for an easy reading leaflet about the changes.

Circles of support

Circles of support offers support during a transitional time in the focus person’s life such as a change of school or moving on; by using the support of friends, family, support networks, paid professionals and staff.         A Lincolnshire service.        Click page icon for more information or leaflet preview.

Grades are not everything

A Masters degree graduate feels that her difficulties with social skills was overlooked at school because her grades were good.       Click icon to see what she has to say.

Independence

For an more about developing independence click icon.

 

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Money

Turn 2 us

Turn2us is a national UK charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially.        Click icon to browse.        Look out for their benefits calculator.

Welfare benefits

Carers FIRST is the new name for Carers connect.       Click icon for their welfare benefits page.       More broadly, to find out how Carers FIRST fits in with Lincolnshire Carers Service see Families.

Contact has several pages about benefits.        The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) page may be the most interesting but there are others listed in the left margin too.      new

Official information

UK government website has:  DLA for children    new        Lincolnshire Family Services Directory has:  DLA+&+PIP+for+youth         Money-Advice

Also, for information about Carers Allowance see:  NHS        Government.

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See also Money 16+

Personal Budget

If a child or young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, or who has been assessed as needing an EHC plan, then a personal SEND budget can be requested.       Click icon for the Lincolnshire outline.        It contains links to a number of relevant articles.

Here are some frequently asked questions – see FAQ.

Housing

Housing benefits or Council tax support may be available if someone in your household is on a low income.        Click icon for specifics.

Money Matters

This is a guide for parents of disabled children who want to know what financial help may be available to them and what arrangements they may need to make to manage their children’s finances from birth and as they get older.

Family Fund

They provide grants to low-income families with disabled children.           Fill in their application form and post it to their office in York.           For more information click on the icon below.Family fund logoA representative attended a Lincolnshire Parent Carer Council coffee morning in Grantham, in 2012, to promote the scheme.

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Associated conditions

Demand avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent.       Click icon to find out more.        See also: PDA Society        slide show

Mental health

The National Autistic Society has a page about mental health and autism.      Click page icon to view.        Also, Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and mental health.         Click PDF icon to view.

Here is a handy guide to Healthy coping skills for uncomfortable emotions written by a psychotherapist.         (new)

Patients may be referred to a psychiatrist for associated mental health issues.        See NHS introduction.        Ambitious about Autism has produced a guide to making the most of an appointment.

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Executive Functioning

Executive functions are the brain’s self-management system.         Problems with executive function can be linked to autistic traits in later life.        Click icon for Options help sheet.        It starts with James at school.

For more examples and how to address them read about Josh in this article.

Handwriting 

Options has produced a help sheet about developing early handwriting skills for children with autism.         Click icon to view.      (new)         See also:

  • Letter dominoes is a game that is easy to make yourself.
  • Here is a video tutorial setting out several aids – including pencil grips.        It offers insight into what does and does not work.
  • This video tutorial demonstrates the sock method of teaching proper pencil grip.
  • This video tutorial demonstrates writing 3 letters of the alphabet.        There are more related videos in the margin, too.
  • Some mums provide a sloping board/surface to write on.

Alexithymia

A condition involving lack of empathy.         A difficulty in experiencing, expressing, and describing emotional responses.         Some with autism have this lack of empathy but many do not.        Click icon for an easy reading interview.        Professor Geoff Bird says that alexithymia and autism are independent of each other.

For detailed and definitive information see:  Alexithymia info 

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that mainly affects the way people read and spell words.        Click icon for an easy reading introduction.         Scroll down for comments.

  • For more detail, see  British Dyslexia Association  (BDA).         Includes FAQ.        They also have resources for parents.         And much more …
  • See Dislexia outreach for support in Lincolnshire.        They support parents, teachers, and pupils.
  • See also under handwriting aids below.

Demand avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) – part of the autism spectrum.            Click page icon on the left for PDA society website and PDF icon for a PDA Society PowerPoint presentation.

Demand avoidance sounds similar to Oppositional defiance, so what is the difference?         In the PDF file above, page 29, it says that PDA is an autism spectrum disorder rooted in anxiety, whereas ODD is not.

Echolalia

  • Here is an introduction to echolalia.        Mimicry is an efficient way to experiment with different sounds and practice emerging social language skills. 
  • This article offers a medical analysis.        People with echolalia repeat noises and phrases that they hear.      They may not be able to communicate effectively because they struggle to express their own thoughts.         If they struggle to do anything other than repeat what has been said, they may have echolalia.         Some children with autism are regularly tested for this during their speech lessons.
  • Here is a more detailed article about echolalia with autism Even echolalia is a normal way to learn language.        Most children use echolalia to learn language.         The majority of children babble in a rhythmic way, which is actually mimicking the cadence of our language. 
  • In adults Echolalia should normally disappear around two and half years of age.         It is often considered abnormal if it persists beyond age 3 years.

Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is having difficulty learning to:     1. recognise and write letters and words       2.  link sounds, speech and writing.

  • For an easy reading introduction, see  About Health.           See links for more detailed information.
  • This dedicated Dysgraphia website has been written by a mother and university lecturer, and an undergraduate with dysgraphia.

Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a specific difficulty with arithmetic, or maths.

  • The Dyscalculia website looks pretty definitive.           It offers a handy introduction
  • For more information see Dyscalculia Talks.         It has articles to read as well as video clips to watch.
  • The Dyscalculia Conference website is aimed at professionals, but might be interesting to anyone teaching their own child at home.

Dyspraxia

A Developmental co-ordination disorder.

  • For an easy reading introduction, see  NHS Choices.          Scroll down for comments.
  • The Dyspraxia Foundation has a great deal to offer, including introductionchildren,   FAQ.         See also:  Home for helpline and  Local groups – including Leicstershire and Peterborough
  • You may be surprised to learn that it can affect speech, see Speech and Language.

Doc iconSpecific Learning Difficulties

SpLD is an umbrella term used to cover a range of frequently co-occurring difficulties, more commonly:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia / DCD
  • Dyscalculia
  • D.D / A.D.H.D

Specific Learning Difficulties (or SpLDs), affect the way information is learned and processed. They are neurological (rather than psychological), usually run in families and occur independently of intelligence. They can have significant impact on education and learning and on the acquisition of literacy skills.

In general, a student may be diagnosed with a SpLD where there is a lack of achievement at age and ability level, or a large discrepancy between achievement and intellectual ability.

See also an analytical view

Tourettes

Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics.        See introduction

  • Tourettes Action website seems to be the go-to place for all things Tourettes.        Click icon on the left to browse.         They have a Find support menu.
  • The Lincolnshire support group meets in Lincoln and Grantham.
  • Discussions :  Netmums         Tourettes & Aspergers
  • Facebook videos might be worth a look.

Swallowing difficulties

Click icon to view help sheet for people with Autism about Dysphagia by a speech and language therapist.

Epilepsy

Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and epilepsy.         Click icon to view.  See also Epilepsy Action:  Website             Information           Help & support

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Spectrum magazine

The National Autistic Society publishes The spectrum magazine, containing autistic art, poetry and prose.        Created by autistic people, its content covers all things autism.         Click icon to find out more.        For example Oct 2020 issue.

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Mindful mix

Click icon for soundtrack:  Mindful Soundscapes – An escape to the sea with 2 hours of lapping waves.

Contact

Contact – for families with disabled children – was founded by parents.      They seem to know what is what.       Click icon to get to the point.

The podcast university

What to do if you are at a loose end?       This is basically a plug for a number of BBC podcasts that might pique your interest.       Click icon to view.

Thinking styles

  • Temple Grandin says that there are three autistic thinking styles:  visual thinkers, verbal specialists and pattern thinkers.       See post.       It links to a detailed article by another writer.
  • Autism Toolbox, a resource for Scottish schools, offers a more science based analysis.         See article.

Facbook small iconAutism Discussion

Autism Discussion Page is the title of this Facebook page.       It contains brief articles with comments.       Anyone registered with Facebook can add their own comments.

Making your child happier

This article offers Eleven ways you can make your autistic child’s life easier.

Temple Grandin’s FAQ’s

Temple Grandin is a lady with high-functioning Asperger’s who has made an academic career for herself.       Click icon to browse her Frequently Asked Questions page.       The Ask Temple link, in the top left corner, gives you a form for asking your own question.

Ellen Notbohm

This Facebook page offers a handy starting point for several topics from the author Ellen Notbohm.        The award-winning author is known for her popular books and columns on autism, published worldwide in more than twenty languages.        See the Notes option on the Facebook page for key topics.         She also has a website.       The Blog and Articles menu options might be worth a look.

Facbook small iconAutism on The Mighty

We have a number of links from The Mighty on our website and Facebook page.        This page picks out autism related material from their website.       Click icon to browse.

NetmumsDoc icon

  • The Netmums site has quite a few pages  under the Autism/Asperger’s heading.      Clicking the icon to browse.
  • A number of mothers post a description of their situation on this  site – see:  Preschool        School age         Older children / teenagers.
  • To simply browse Netmums use their search box at the top right corner of the page, but for information about the members’ only areas see their registration page,

Evidence-based optimism

The thinking person’s guide to autism is a forum intended to encourage visitors, To think, ask questions, question the media, and learn from each other.        The people behind it say, Autism misinformation clouds and is perpetuated by the Internet.     We want to make accurate information about autism causation and therapies visible, accessible, and centralized.

Christmas 

Ambitious About Autism is publishing a few tips for Christmas under the heading: Include autism this Christmas.       Click icon to view.

Coping skills

Six types of coping skills.        An array of graphics.

The best activities

Ideas about activities for special needs.        After-school and weekend activities for children with disabilities can build self-esteem, skills, friendships and a sense of belonging.

What autism mums do not want to hear

This will ring a few bells for parents of a child on the autistic spectrum.      Things not to say to an autism mum .

Re-charging the batteries

‘Society has programmed us to think, “What kind of mother is she, taking care of herself before her child?”  but that’s completely wrong.’       Here are 10 must dos for parents of children with special needs.

ShoesShoes-left-right

For all those new school starters or those like my son, who is obsessed with his shoes being on the wrong feet, try this.       Cut a sticker of their choice in half and secure it into there shoes to help them identify which shoe goes on which foot.
FB/Rainbow Stars.

Scope

Netbuddy has merged with Scope now.

  • It has  Autism blogs  with real life stories from people with experience of issues around autism.        Scroll down to get an idea what is there.
    You can post your own stories.
  • They offer  Support and Information  divided into quite a few categories.
  • They have  Community champions  make sure the community is a safe, supportive place to be.
  • It also has an  On-line community on which you can post questions and comments.

Surviving Asperger’s Syndrome

This on-line publication takes the form of brief bullet points divided up into chapters.        See:  Survival guide

Tips for married couples

This is for the partner of someone with Asperger’s:  Chat website

Fear busting

Here are some tips on  tackling fear .

Soap Operas

These can provide a handy way to improve emotional literacy and people skills.      Soaps focus on emotional issues and lay it on with a trowel.      For example, see  Roy Cropper  from Coronation Street.

Moving House

Children on the autistic spectrum can find the idea of moving house unsettling, but there are things could do that might help.

  • Tell him obvious things, repeatedly, e.g. that he is moving too.
  • Tell him what familiar things you are taking, e.g. items of furniture.
  • Try to re-create his old bedroom from day one.      This is not a good time for a revamp.
  • Use the same bedding & PJs for continuity.       If necessary leaving them unwashed would be even better.
  • Get PC running in new home from day one.       Buy that computer game he has always wanted and give him free access to the PC around the time of the move.

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ADHD – Hyperactivity

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that makes a person inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive.       Click icon for ther NHS introduction.       See also:  Young minds          ADHD foundation        new

Support

Lincolnshire ADHD Support Services offer information and events.       They are a charitable group that offers a frontline service – as they put it.       They are based in Lincoln.        Click icon to view their website.

For more in-depth information, tips and news try the UK based National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.         It is a charity run by volunteers.        Here is their website.        Look for the menu in the left margin.

Adults with ADHD

AADD UK is a site for and by adults with ADHD.        It is run by a small group of volunteers.

The science

Click icon for an outline of some recent research on ADHD.       It describes how the brain works in someone with the condition.        To find out what science tells us about the benefits of fish oil for children with ADHD, see Does fish oil help?

Find out more

Here are some books available from Grantham public library.        If the book you want is at another library you can ask for it to be brought to Grantham and reserved for you.       Amazon. also has books on ADHD.

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Famous people

Isaac Newton

Some people say that Newton had Asperger’s Syndrome.       He definitely was not at all sociable but was very focused on his work.       See article.

It is said that he was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head, which got him thinking about the nature of gravity.      His three laws of motion, mathematically formulated, have played a significant role in developing the modern world we live in today      They are still used by engineers and scientists.

  • For the story of his life see:  Biography website       History website * – scroll down
  • You may already know that he was born at  Woolsthorpe Manor  in Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, and went to school at King’s School,* Grantham.
  • Here is a video that delves behind the widely held image of the man.*
  • There are many books in Lincolnshire Libraries on Isaac Newton, if you would like to immerse yourself in a good read.       Several of them can be found in the Grantham branch.         See:  Library list *      new
  • He is said to have invented Calculus.       You could say that calculus actually is rocket science.         Here are some easy viewing videos:  Introduction to the maths         Who invented calculus?

Bill Gates etc.

Does Bill Gates have aspergers?       Opinion is divided.       Here is an easy reading On-line discussion.        Both sides of the argument have a case, but it seems reasonable to believe that he might.

Click play button for a watchable 8 minute video about Bill and the rise of MS Windows.*      Also here is a 3 minute interview with him in 1991.*
If you are interested in computers you might like to have a look at his career.*      new

Here is a thoughtful article about Gates and children with Asperger’s.       Then, in Undiagnosing Gates, the writer explores in some depth the reasons why people might think that some famous people are or were on the autistic spectrum.        He offers an intelligent critique.

Richard BransonVirgin 747

  • Have you heard of Richard Branson?     If not, see  Who is he?
  • To find out whether he has Asperger’s Syndrome, see Does he? .
  • To read his life story in brief click on:  Biography .
    His achievements are legendary.

People with Asperger’s tend to be unconventional.       This can sometimes be an advantage.       Richard Branson has defied convention in quite a few ways, often with considerable success.    Here are some examples:

  • His first company  Virgin Records  had a spin off record label, Caroline Records.     The first release under this label was Tubular Bells  by Mike Oldfield.
  • His company  Virgin Atlantic  managed to break the monopoly that British Airways had on trans-Atlantic services.
  • Virgin is working on a low carbon fuel for jet aeroplanes.
  • Would you believe it, a glass bottomed aeroplane ?
  • His company  Virgin Trains  introduced  Pendolino  technology to allow trains go more quickly.      See  Video  for a demonstration of the way it handles curves in the track.       As the Pendolino article explains, things did not quite go according to plan, though.

Of course, there are always disadvantages of being on the Autistic Spectrum.       For a more every-day kind of story you might like to try  Have~You~Seen  on Roy Cropper.

Celebrities on the spectrum

Dan Harmon is an American writer and performer.       He has said that he is on the autistic spectrum and discusses Asperger’s syndrome as portrayed in one of his characters in his TV comedy series Community.       Here is an article about his leading role in the series.

Some people in the public eye are considered to be on the autistic spectrum.        Here are samples of some of their songs, films etc:   Susan Boyle        James Durbin        Tim Burton        DanHarmon – witty      Temple Grandin        Peter Tork – Monkees’ keyboard & bass player         Vincent D’Onofrio        For the full Temple Grandin film see Have you seen.

Contact us

01476 600074 – GAIN phone number since May 2020.       We now have voicemail in case we miss your call.       In that case we will phone you back – even if you do not leave a message.       Alternatively:

  • Email:  mailus@gain-grantham.co.uk
  • Meet up at Coffee mornings
  • GAIN, c/o Belton Lane Children & Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive,  Grantham,  Lincolnshire,  NG31+9PP.        Use NG31 9QB for satnav.
    See Our base for more information.

We are located in England, which is part of the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Helpline

The sheer number of websites about autism and autistic issues can be overwhelming.      They may also cover an extensive range of aspects.

  • Contact us by phone or email.       We should be able to point you to a few websites or specific pages that might be of help.       It may also be a good time for some new GAIN research.       Another point of view can sometimes be useful.
  • For helplines with more to offer see:  Families        SEN/EHC Support –  Education

GAIN support

This is a Facebok group for parents and carers of children with autism – and also adults on the spectrum.       We are looking for members in and around Lincolnshire.       Share your thoughts, experiences and questions in a safe space.       Click icon to view the group profile.

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Harrowby United project

We have been developing an autistic support project at Harrowby United football ground.       It goes under the heading of Harrowby United FC Community/Charity Projects Team.        It is something of a joint venture between the club and GAIN.       This is where we are at present:

  • We have someone at football matches at which people can ask us questions.
  • GAIN publicity is on display at their social club
  • We are delighted to have Lucas Wilson Videography producing recordings of the football matches.      Here is a bit of background about Lucas.
  • Before March we put on autism spectrum family friendly events, like bingo and raffles at the social club before March 2020.       They raised funds for GAIN.       We plan to restart when we can.

Watch games

Watch the Harrowby United football matches in the comfort and safety of your own home.       Click play button for a list of the recordings on Youtube. –

Fixtures

A few GAIN families already come the the ground to watch matches – including this season.      Click icon for Harrowby United’s 2020/21 fixtures calendar – but please be aware that all matches are cancelled during national November Covid restrictions.       Click picture for an extensive gallery of photos.

Their home ground is at the Dickens Road Community Stadium, Grantham, NG31 9QY.      See map.       Games are continuing as of Oct 2020.       Free entry for under 16’s and carers with Carer’s Allowance letter.      Refreshments are available.