The Whole Autism Family Days
Our Family Fun Team runs several Family Days throughout the year. Family Days are aimed at families who have a child with autism and can be attended by the whole family. Often, grandparents, aunties and uncles attend along with the parents and children (including siblings).
Family Days take place at a range of different venues from our local sure start centres in to day trip out.
Venues are chosen specifically with the needs of the young people in mind and are an opportunity for the whole family to get together, share experiences and make happy memories. They are all about having fun with entertainment, educational opportunities, support and relaxation, in an autism friendly environment.
We offer a number of activities including trips out to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Kirklees Light Railway, The Deep and Stockeld Park.
We also offer sensory toys or a have access to a sensory room in order for the children to relax and balance their senses, if over or under stimulated. We sign post activities and amenities, both visually and in writing and give an overview of what will happen on the day, to cut down on surprises!
We offer opportunities for children to develop social skills in a non-threatening environment, via activities and games involving turn taking and sharing.
Sibling Support Sessions
A diagnosis of autism in the family can have a huge impact on the child's siblings. Our support session will be delivered as workshops, specifically for siblings of individuals with autism.
Similar to Family Day activities, these sessions:
- Provide an opportunity to meet other siblings of individuals with Autism.
- Offer the chance to discuss problems and concerns - they can be open and honest in a non-judgmental environment.
- Involve a range of activities
- Reduce social isolation
- Provide opportunity for parents to have spend time with their child with autism
- Increase siblings' confidence and offer learning around strategies to cope with issues that arise.
We have identified that Autism has an impact on the whole family, The Whole Autism Family now works closely with young carers project that works with Kirklees.
Again keep an eye on our calendar page to keep up to date with all upcoming events.