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Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-4pm; Fridays 9am-1pm
Email: kids.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk
Direct: 020 8687 4644
Mobile: 07507 738390

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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.

Next meeting

Talk Autism Meetings, March – July 2017

Metropolitan Police

Thursday 23 March, 10.00am to 12.00pm

With PC Tim Mann, Merton Youth Engagement/ former Safer Neighbourhoods PC
People often refer to autism as an invisible disability because it is not immediately physically apparent that a person with autism has a disability. Some people with autism are often approached by the police due to their ‘unusual behaviour’. Find out how the police approach a child, young person or adult with autism, from the initial approach on the street to the interview process at the police station. Hear about relevant police procedures & protocols that will affect your son or daughter if they are stopped or questioned by the police. For parent/carers of children & adults
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX


Thursday 30 March, 10am to 12pm

With Eleanor Wright, solicitor & Coordinator of SOS!SEN
SOS!SEN is a national charity aiming to empower parents & carers of children with SEN to tackle the difficulties they face when battling for their children’s rights. Eleanor will be talking about school rules that work against your child's autism/SEN, SEN Provision that is not implemented properly - what can you do? ways that schools discriminate against autistic/SEN pupils & what can be done, exclusions, & if time allows; EHCP’s For parent/carers of children
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Merton’s Autism Strategy

Tuesday 9 May, 10am to 12pm

With Dr Claire Greszczuk & Daniel Butler from Merton’s Public Health Team
Hear about the work Dr Claire Greszczuk & Daniel Butler are currently undertaking in relation to Merton’s Autism Strategy plus feedback your views about local needs & priorities you would like to see the strategy address. For parents/carers of children & adults
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Tensions in Family Relationships

Tuesday 6 June, 10am to 12pm

With Linda Gregson, Counsellor
Sometimes being the parent of a son or daughter with autism can put pressure on family relationships. Linda is here to discuss strategies that may help you to deal with marriage/relationship problems, other stressful family relationships, depression, anxiety or any other worries. For parents/carers of children & adults
Chaucer Centre, Room D, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

July – to be arranged

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).