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We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down). Please contact GAIN at
01476 600 074 to arrange a collection or to drop off. You may need to leave a voicemail message.
How pet dogs can help families that have a child with autism. Dogs for Good has workshops planned for September 2022. Details to follow.
The events on this page are chosen because they may be of interest to a child and/or adult on the autistic spectrum. See also Local Groups for autism support groups in the South Lincolnshire, in the UK, and beyond. They put on events in their area.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum, host a range of Zoom online meetings. Wed 8th June 2022 – Local offer workshop. Click icons to for more information.
Lincolnshire autistic society has booked IPSEA for their next training day on Wed 2 Mar 10am-:30pm on Zoom. The topic is Reviewing existing EHC plans. Click icon for details. Please email: email@example.com to reserve a place – subject to availability.
IPSEA legal training for parents on Tuesday 25th Jan 2022. The course is now entirely free. Click icon for course outline. It will be on Zoom, so participants need access to a laptop. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Stamford arts centre, St Mary’s St, PE9 2DL, will be putting on their relaxed screening of this Disney animation on Wed 22 Dec, 2021 at 2pm. It is about an awkward boy and his computerised robot. Click image for details and to book. See also the film and scroll down to video preview.
Audience members are asked to wear face coverings and follow the signage. Box office: 01780 763203.
Polka Dot Pantomimes will be performing the 2021 pantomime at the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ on Saturday 18 Dec 2021 This particular performance will be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members on the autistic spectrum. Click image for details and to book. Box office: 01476 406158.
Green Synergy are putting on events at Hillside Garden, in Lincoln, for people with mental health issues from April – June 2021. This is part of their Better together partnership project to offer pre-employability opportunities. Click icon on the left to find out more.
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They are also running their popular Get Into gardening course as part of their Move employability project for people interested in becoming self-employed gardeners. Get in touch with them before 15 April for this course. Other options may also be available. Click icon on the right to find out more.
They have also launched a project for 10-14 year olds who want to do more for the environment and their community. Their Green Influencers learn new skills and gain experience and confidence. The scheme aims to make environmental social action a regular, habitual part of young people’s lives. Sign up with Brodi: email@example.com Tel: 07586 777623
Check out the online workshops from Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum, on the left. They are free to members. Contact workshops, on the right. are free to all. Some workshops seek to address issues related to autism, others to foster wellbeing.
The NHS is putting on free virtual training during March 2021 to help family carers Identify early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability. Click icon to find out more.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum are arranging two free series of workshops on Zoom. One is aimed at friends, relatives and carers of children or adults with additional needs. Dates range from 5 Jan – 10 Feb 2021. It is called Waving not drowning! Click icon on the left for Waving not drowning!
They are also putting on LPCF week of SEND. – from 25 Jan – 29 Jan. These are aimed at parents and carers of children with additional needs and professionals who work with them. Click icon on the right for poster.
Contact has quite an extensive range of virtual workshops for families with additional needs in Jan – Feb. See workshops for more information.
There were a few places left as of Tue afternoon for a Promoting Postivie Behaviour and Autism Workshop. The workshop will be on Fri 4 Dec 2020 at 9:45am and it will be online. Click icon for details.
PAACT is taking bookings for the 22nd Lincoln annual autism conference, Mon 16 – Fri 20 Nov 2020. Click icon for details.
Only Lincoln Castle grounds are open to the public until 2 Dec. Click page icon to see visitor update. Exclusive autism-friendly Explorers sessions at the castle have not yet re-started, though, as of Sept 2020. Next one may be in the evening. Click castle icon for background information.
The Guildhall Arts Centre has a few virtual events and on-line resources but The Groove has not re-started as of Sept 2020. Click page icon to set what they have to offer.
Unfortunately Dysart Park Fun Day has been cancelled for 2020. Click icon and scroll down to find the post cancelling all their events.
The Makaton course for Friday 20 Mar at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham has been cancelled
Zoo Co presents a visual story with original music, puppets and tap dancing. Performed by a deaf and hearing cast. This relaxed performance, created in partnership with ADHD Foundation, will be at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham on 17 Feb. Click icon for web page or poster thumbnail.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Fri 31 Jan in Hubberts Bridge, near Boston.
It will be free to parents and carers. Click icon and scroll down for details. See map
Give Lincolnshire NHS your feedback on mental health community rehabilitation. Click icon for dates in January around the county.
Polka Dot Pantomimes are performing another season at the Guildhall Arts Centre theatre in Grantham. Click icon for information about relaxed performances. They are scheduled for 2nd Jan 2020 at 2pm & 6:30pm. Phone the booking office using (01476) 406 158 for available seats at: 6:30pm (2pm seats sold out.)
Rand Park Farm, near Lincoln, will be putting on a quiet hour for children with additional needs and their families. Date: 14th Dec, 9 – 10am. See map
Free conference with Dr John Biddolph on Wed 4 Dec at The Fleet, Peterborough. Click icon for more information including booking details.
PAACT is taking bookings to attend and for information stands for annual conference in Lincoln on Tuesday 19th Nov 2019.
The venue will be The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY. Click icon for poster. See also map
An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families. Lincoln Castle Explorers, 2nd Nov, 9am – 10am. Click page icon for event details and to book or castle icon about autism-friendly opening. See map.
An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on Friday Oct 4th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham. It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch. She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon. The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day. Morning session recommended for parents. If you would like to attend contact: firstname.lastname@example.org See Speech & language about Makaton.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 30 Sep in Market Rasen, Click icon for details. See map
Harrowby vs Cottesmore football match on Saturday 14 Sep at Harrowby United’s Dickens Road Community Stadium, Grantham, NG31 9QY. Free entry for under 16’s and carers with Carer’s Allowance letter. See also map.
We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down). Please contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect. Thanks to everyone who has already donated prizes, including: Poundland, Home Bargains, The Works and Subway.
An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on July 5th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham. It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch. She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon. The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.
The NHS will be holding public engagement drop in sessions around Lincolnshire during May and June. They want to take soundings about the future of local health services.
Workshops for families with children diagnosed with autism in Lincoln on 7 Jun. Click icon for details. See Growing up about Dogs for Good.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 22 May in Lincoln,
Hesley are putting on a free event for parents about overcoming trauma and building resilience for people with autism. It will be on 8 May in Nottingham. Click icon for details and to book.
An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families. Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest at Lincoln Castle. Follow the white rabbit and seek out the clues to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle and claim your chocolate reward. Sat 20th Apr, 9am – 10am. Click icon for more information.
Workshop for parents of special needs children – Coping with Challenging Behaviour. Wed, 3rd Apr, 10am – 12pm. 25 FREE places available for parents. At Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Community Hub, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RB. To book your free place email email@example.com with your name, address and telephone number. Please also state the age of your child with special needs, and the nature of his/ her disability. Click poster preview to view.
Lincolnshire NHS has an open referral system for children’s speech therapy. Parents can phone children’s therapy services to ask about it. Click icon for their social communication and autism page. Specifically see Speech and language therapy.
See also Family Services Directory. Speech therapy can cover a wide range of issues of significance to autism.
The Association of speech and language therapists in independent practice (ASLTIP) offers a search facility for private therapists. Click icon for search form.
Talking Point offers a comprehensive guide to children’s communication issues. Click icon for guidance. Look for Starter guide download. You might also want to look for the following:
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Attention Autism is an approach can be used to help to improve communication. Click icon to find out more.
Visual aids and techniques may help young children to develop speech and language. Click icon to find out more. It includes Mr Tumble and the Makaton language.
Apple released a video clip called Dillan’s Voice, in 2016, about a teenager with autism. He had difficulty getting across what he wanted to say until he started typing it into his iPad, which had an app to read them out loud.
Click icon to find the video clip. There is also an accompanying video clip called Dylan’s Path outlining his life experience.
Options group have produced a helpsheet about the development of communication skills in people on the autism spectrum. The author is a specialist speech and language therapist. Click icon to view.
Dr Temple Grandin did not speak until the age of 4. Doctors did not think she would ever speak but her parents refused to accept it. With determination, her unusual mind enabled her to improve animal welfare on farms around the world. Click icon to find video clips introducing the book. See also Amazon. The book contains an illustrated rhyming tale for children followed by reading matter for parents.
Children’s centre staff encourage parents to think beyond the disability: e.g. Come and play aims to promote independence, confidence and social skills. t may be good for toddlers with delayed speech. Little explorers could be another one to consider. See about
children’s centres in Grantham or Wider area.
Ambitious about Autism has a lot of online discussion about educational issues. Look for the magnifying glass icon on the top right of their site and search for specific topics.
Researchers at two Universities in the USA interviewed mothers of non-speaking autistic children to find out how they form bonds with their children. They noted the vital role of the mothers in interpreting the behaviour of their children. Click icon for article from UC Santa Cruz
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A Sleaford based group: for Parents/Guardians and Siblings with Children who have Autism and additional Needs in Lincolnshire. Click icon for their website. They have a hub in Sleaford which is open daily – look at the bottom of their web pages. They put on events for all ages. new
They have a closed Facebook page, which means you need to click Join group to see the posts. A good forum for autism mums to make new contacts. Please be aware that once you have joined you need to be logged in to Facebook to see the posts.
There are a number of support groups specifically for the autistic spectrum in the towns around Grantham.
Louth Area Autism Support Group was formed by parents. They offer help, information, care and support to parents and carers of children and young people who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Meetings are held all year round on the 4th Saturday of every month from 2 – 4pm at Trinity Centre, Eastfield Road, Louth, LN11 8DJ. Click icon for their Facebook page.
Sharing Minds is a support group for parents and carers of children with special/additional needs. They run drop-in meetings on the last Wednesday of the month in term time at Sunset House, Boston, PE22 8QS. The people that run it have experience of coping with children on the autistic spectrum. Click icon then scroll down for more information.
There is no need to join Rainbow Stars to attend. Parents can simply turn up with their children. There are both electronic and physical games for the young people and coffee and conversation for parents – who are asked to stay with their children. Click Facebook icon for their news or tap mobile icon. They would love to see some new faces.
A Lincoln based support group for parents or carers of children and young people on the autistic spectrum. Click icon for website. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click icon to see Newark & Sherwood autism support group’s Facebook page.
For up coming events click the picture on the right.
If there are not many events it might be worth having a look at past events.
Gainsborough Autism Parent Support Group – GAPS. See: map
This group is about 30 miles from Grantham, in Leicestershire, based in a family home. It is an
activity club that started out as an Autism friendly home based club but broadened out to serve a wider range of children. They have a fine website and a Facebook presence.
See also: Mumsnet map.
Ambitious about autism published its response in March 2022 to UK government proposals for Special educational needs. It is a mixed review. Click icon to find it after any adverts.
Do you want your child to start reception in September 2022 ? If so, be sure to apply for a reception place at a school. The date of birth for children would be between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/2018 and you can apply from 15 Nov 2021 to 15 Jan 2022.
a. Lincolnshire parents can pick up a letter from any Lincolnshire primary school which will provide them with the information they need to apply.
b. They can request a paper application form or make a phone application by contacting the Education Team at 01522 782030.
c. Click icon to apply online. See also for information about school admissions.
A £50m investment was approved by Lincolnshire County Council for SEND provision some time ago. Click icon for summary. The council is working with Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum to develop a new strategy for special education.
County news reported construction getting underway in Dec 2020.
Children with special educational needs and disabilities are increasingly being failed by the system designed to support them, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The Ombudsman is now upholding nearly 87% of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan cases. Click icon for full article.
Following a report showing an insufficient number of educational psychologists, £30 million extra for training has been announced. Click icon to read about it.
The mother of an autistic son, aged seven, wrote about her fight to get him assessed and placed in a school that could meet his needs. Click icon to read the article of 26/Oct/2018.
Click icon for a video about a computer coding project that is believed to stimulate children on the spectrum to take an interest in and develop social & communication skills.
Lincolnshire County Council is developing a new strategy for special education. They give it the title: Building Communities of Specialist Provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Lincolnshire. The Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum has dedicated a section of their website specifically to these developments. Click icon to find out about it.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism has produced a report. The Click icon to see the Special Needs Jungle’s (SNJ) take. The SNJ is a parent led group. See SEN Information for more about them.
Autistic teenager creates artificial intelligence but ‘can’t get school place’. It took Kari Lawler only a week to build her own virtual assistant, which operates on the same lines as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. It’s incredible when you consider what the large technology companies have spent on producing something not very different to what Kari has managed to achieve in such a short space of time. Her parents have not yet been able to get a school place for her since she was diagnosed and finished at primary school.
This is a TV series from the USA. It is about Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism. It started in 2017. Click icon for trailer. More extracts: Airport scene Video clips The series: Introduction Watch in UK
Hannah Gadsby is an Australian comedian who talks about her autism in her act. Click play button for a video clip about a classroom experience. See also: Wikipedia
This is the story of how Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and their mates changed the world of computers during the 1970’s and 80’s. Also, how did the IBM PC come to be cloned? Click video icon for a list of episodes on Youtube.
Also, click article to read about what really happened when Steve Jobs visited Xerox PARC.
This is a comedy series shot on Staten Island, USA. It is based on a mum’s experience of bringing up twin boys who have autism. Click icon for the back story and a video preview. Watch: Episode 1 Episode 2. See also their Facebook page.
Meet the boys from UK’s premier autistic rock group The AutistiX.
How does someone with Asperger’s fare in the workplace? This drama was shown on ITV in September 2014. It might give you some idea.
It is a gritty drama about a maverick who starts work at a missing person’s unit. You can view a trailer and probably find a free version via Google starting with: Chasing Shadows – Part 1. There is also a DVD version.
Have you noticed the character Jason Haynes in the TV hospital drama series Holby City? The National Autistic Society has been actively working with researchers, producers and writers. Jason was introduced into the story line via his aunt Serena.
The actor who plays Jason has a unique insight into what makes Jason Haynes such a special character, as he himself is a young man with Asperger’s. See article. In an interview he also highlights employment issues for people on the spectrum.
Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to “Atypical,” a dark comedy about a family with an autistic son, set to star Jennifer Jason Leigh, Variety has confirmed. “Atypical” landed an eight-episode order for the first season of the coming-of-age story that follows an 18-year-old with autism and his search for love and independence. See Intoduction about Atypical. See also viewing options about Netflix.
A personal blog from Lincolnshire. “Life in a strange world. Me! They call me odd, huh. Anyway welcome to my page. Feel free to post comments, share your thoughts and/or page.” Click icon to browse:
Here is a film dramatising the life story of a lady with high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome who made an academic career for herself. She has an unusual name, Temple Grandin. Click icon for preview.
For the complete film, see Amazon Video and click the More Purchase Options link. Then, unless you have a high-definition display chose the Buy Movie SD option.
Here is a brief animated video of a talk about her own development as a person with Asperger’s Syndrome that Temple Grandin gave at Colorado State University in 2008. Click play button to watch.
See also Speech & language for The Girl Who Thought in Pictures, an illustrated story book about Temple Grandin.
This has proved a popular TV drama, with repeats showing on ITV1 or ITV3. The signs of Asperger’s in the character of Dr Martin Ellingham are hard to miss. They are outlined and analysed on this blogspot and you can see them illustrated with a video clip from the TV series.
Opinions differ, though, as in discussion 1 and more so in discussion 2. According to the series author, he was supposed to have the condition but to work on changing himself for the sake of his relationship with his wife and young son. Also, the scripts are written for entertainment, so things will not be entirely realistic.
Have you seen Roy Cropper on Coronation Street?
He feels at home with trains, particularly steam engines from times past. After Hayley’s passing, Stephen found him at a museum, where he showed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the early steam engines on display.
Since his return to his flat, his friends have found him shut away with his model railway. It obviously means a great deal to him.
The Fandom page for the Coronation Street character describes him as, remarkably intelligent, but socially naive. The page also suggests that Roy has Asperger’s syndrome. This has not stopped him from making a go of his life, though.
The actor who plays Roy is married to an additional needs teacher and she suggested giving Roy Asperger’s. Doing so transformed him into a character with long term potential.
His life with Hayley has been an enduring and popular feature of the street. Click on slide show for a quick review of their story. On the slide show page, click on the row of miniature pictures of the couple under the large picture. Left and right arrows will appear to scroll to more pictures.
Roy’s people skills are actually quite good in some respects. He and Hayley earned Fiz Brown’s appreciation having fostered her. He acted as a mentor to Fiz’s brother Chesney. Anna Windass, who works in his cafe, also gets on well with him. Recently she confided in him that she was carrying a secret that she felt unable to share with anyone and he advised her that it would eat her up if she did not tell her boyfriend, Owen.
A Developmental co-ordination disorder.
These are conditions that are associated with autism and may be of most interest when a child or young person is developing their life skills. For conditions that are likely to be of interest for adults as well as children click icon.
Options has produced a help sheet about developing early handwriting skills for children with autism. Click icon to view. See also:
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.
Dysgraphia is having difficulty learning to: 1. recognise and write letters and words 2. link sounds, speech and writing.
SpLD is an umbrella term used to cover a range of frequently co-occurring difficulties, more commonly:
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.
Dyscalculia is a specific difficulty with arithmetic, or maths.
Children on the autistic spectrum can find the idea of moving house unsettling, but there are things could do that might help. Click icon for an easy reading guide for parents.
Using social stories seems to be widely recommended and are said to be helpful to all young children with autism. Here is a social story template for children from Kidsmunicate – the speech therapy people, also in the Philadelphia. They also offer an accompanying guide to making your own social story.
For key websites see Information.
Here is a nuanced article about Simon Baron-Cohen’s views on autism, written in 2011. He is a professor and director of Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre. Click icon to view.
In this more recent article from 2020, the emphasis seems to have shifted a bit from understanding and addressing difficulties with autism to setting out the potential of the autistic mind. It reviews the book in which he describes autistic people as pattern seekers.
The LAPB is designed to try and improve support for autistic people. Have your say. Click icon for more information. See also history Email: Autism.Partnership@lincolnshire.gov.uk They launched a monthly newsletter Autism Lincs early 2017. See Issue 1 and click Past Issues at top left of screen to find all issues.
NICE is recommending that GPs in England keep a register of patients with autism in order to improve the care they receive. The guidance from NICE needs to be accepted by NHS England before it is put into practice in GP surgeries in England. See also NICE.
For those worried about data security see Should people register? The information is stored at the NHS data centre and can only be seen with permission. People have to explain why they need your information and what they plan to do with it. This means that agencies such as social services, schools etc should not have access to this information.
Carers UK is a charity which works to help carers by providing information, advice, support and by campaigning for change. Click icon for their website.
For information specifically for carers of adults see adult Care & Support.
If you need legal support for a case about your child, maybe to do with care or adoption, you may want to know about CAFCAS. It stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Their website has menus for both Young people and Grown-ups. Click icon to browse.
Here are some Top tips for dealing with CAFCAS from Net Mums. Also, it might also be worth bearing in mind that the people at CAFCAS may not know how to deal with a child on the autistic spectrum. This link to the National Autistic Society web page About autism could be useful if you wanted to print off some explanations that might help them to understand your child.
Things seem to have Improved according to Ofsted since 2008, when they found Progress inadequate, The Guardian reported on apparent Success in 2012 of a management initiative to make the “health and wellbeing of social workers a priority in the workplace”, which, the Guardian said, includes CAFCAS. Then in 2018 Ofstead published a glowing report.
This UK based website offers a wealth of information. It is a national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support. Click icon for their website. They have an Advice & support page. Topics include legal, education and emotional
They also produce a toolkit that aims to support disabled people and carers, as well as their families and advisers, who are encountering difficulties with the statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services. It was developed at Cardiff Law School. Click icon to view.
The Lincolnshire Learning Disability Partnership Board aims to make sure that different people, organisations and agencies work together to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. Board members include: people with a learning disability, parents and carers.
Click icon for more about them. Email: Marie.email@example.com 01522 706 580 This group is quite separate from the Lincolnshire Autism Partnership.
Steve Silberman puts some flesh on the bones of this slogan with hard-headed analysis and vision. Click icon to view article. It has a 14 minute video at the bottom of the page that explains his thinking.
Just a quick tip: perhaps you could try using one of the following statements:
Click icon to find out how others have found their way through panic attacks. Also, someone with high-functioning Asperger’s describes their own experience dealing with anxiety.
How do you learn to go out of the house when you’ve got agoraphobia? Click icon to listen to a radio interview with Ellie.
The NHS section on not getting out, or Agoraphobia, gives us a pretty clear picture of established scientific opinion. Click icon to browse. There is a link to treatment – including self-help tips.
Searching the National Autistic Society site for agoraphobia leads to a page on anxiety. Although it is aimed at professionals It may provide some useful context. Click icon to view. Under the sub-heading Are autistic people more likely to be anxious? they include fear of open spaces and crowds.
They also have a handy article on Anxietyy in autistic adults. It provides links for autistic adults and parents.