Parent support is a vital part of the work we do at Perth Autism Support, parents with children with autism experience more stress than parents of non-disabled children and parents of children with other disabilities (Keen et al, 2010). This could be because of the particular difficulties that autism creates; difficulties in communication and social interaction which can affect relationships. The usual parenting techniques can be unsuccessful and parents can find accessing evidenced based advice difficult to access plus parents can find their social circle reducing as they try to deal with their child’s challenges.
But, if families can access the correct support then they can feel hopeful about the future.
At Perth Autism Support, we fully recognise the stresses and challenges that being a parent of a child with autism can bring but we also love to celebrate success! Therefore our parents support activities are designed to offer support and encouragement but also to give parents access to fun, relaxing activities!
Early Years Stay and Play Events
Supported by our staff these sessions give parents/carers the chance to come and meet other parents in a safe supportive play environment for Early Years children.
Parents Information Workshops
All parents have access to our full workshop series which looks at supporting strategies for your children, and targeted workshops on specific issues common to our parents with a child with autism. For full details of our workshops, please see our Training and Information Sessions page
Weighted Therapy Loan Service
Weighted Therapy items can have a dramatic effect on children with autism who are sensory seeking, but these items can be costly to buy and do not work for everyone, therefore at Perth Autism Support we offer families a Weighted Therapy Loan Service so parents can loan the items for up to one month to ensure that there is a benefit to their child before purchasing items. Our Family Support team can also help parents to complete grant application forms for financial support to purchase items.
We have available for loan:
Bear hug vests
At Perth Autism Support, we encourage our parents to gain as much knowledge and information as possible regarding autism and their child's own individual circumstances, therefore our resource library can be a great base for information. We have books covering topics such as discussing a diagnosis with your child, challenging behaviours, books for siblings about autism and much, much more, we even have Relax Kids resources for parents to be able to support the classes and learning of techniques at home. For an updated list of resources, please contact reception at our centre on 01738 451081.
Our Family Support team can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org