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Email: kids.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk
Direct: 020 8687 4644
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Talk Autism

Talk Autism is a service for parents of children, young people and adults with autism, courtesy of funding received by Merton Mencap. It is being administrated by Kids First.

The aim of this project is to provide an environment of mutual support and education for parents.

Future meetings

Talk Autism Meetings 2018

Work and Health Programme

Friday 20 April, 10am to 12pm
plus other news on Employment Support
with Disability Employment Advisor, Ayda El-Deweiny & Jack Jesson, an Employment Advisor from Reed in Partnership Ayda & Jack will be talking about the new Work & Health Programme, which helps people with disabilities (including autism) or health conditions, & those who have been out of work for a period of time, to find & maintain work. Ayda, will also provide an update on how the role of the Disability Employment Advisor has changed, & provide an overview about other initiatives to support people with autism into work. For parents/carers of adults.
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Improving Autism Mental Health Study (IAMHealth)

Thursday 24 May, 10am to 12pm
with researchers Isabel Yorke, Pippa White and Sophie Carruthers, Autism and Development Team, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London.
The IAMHealth study is a programme grant funded by the National Institutes of Health Research entitled “Improving outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders by reducing mental health problems”. The programme started in May 2014 and will run for 5 years. Isabel and Pippa will be talking to us about their on-going work as part of this study called “Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Children with ASD: perspectives from home and school” and Sophie will be talking about the MANAGE Study, involving the development of a toolkit to support autistic children, adolescents, young adults and parents/carers to understand their anxiety and use strategies to overcome their difficulties. For parent/carers of children and adults.
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP)

Thursday 14 June, 10am to 12pm
with researcher, Hannah Hayward Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College, London
LEAP was part of a European multi-centre study to identify biomarkers (measurable indicators) with an established link to autism. It is the largest multi-centre, multi-disciplinary observational study worldwide. The project looked at behavioural measures of autism, heritable risk for autism, cognitive data, how the brain works in different situations, eye tracking and more. Hannah will provide a general overview of LEAP, information about the research undertaken and its aims, plus some initial findings. Come along and find out more. For parents/carers of children and adults.
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

A mother’s story

Thursday 5 July, 10am to 12pm
Hear from 3 mothers as they share their stories about bringing up a child with autism/Asperger’s syndrome from childhood to adulthood
Hear about their journey and experiences, through primary and secondary education to adulthood and employment, relationships and interests, the challenges along the way, and how they were overcome. For parents/carers of children and adults.
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Further information will automatically be sent to all parents and carers who have registered for Talk Autism.

If you have not already done so, please register now for further information. (Microsoft Word Document).