NAS Wrexham is usually the first point of call for most parents/carers when a diagnosis of Autism has been made. They have in excess of 250 families on their mailing list. They provide regular monthly social events for all ages, training and speakers, and manage a Young Adults Group.
St Christophers is a special state school for pupils aged from 7 to 19 years old. Within the school, they operate a Small Animal Care Project where students are taught Entry Level, Entry Level 1 and Btec Level 1 and 2 in Animal Care Courses.
The benefits of having this facility are beyond imagination. Pupils are eager to attend lessons. The therapeutic input of having animals in the school has been extremely beneficial. Phase one had been completed by the school and they were looking to complete phase two of the project with other larger animal habits and more natural environments.
Holiday times can be very stressful for parents of a child/children with Autism, and very often local provision isn’t quite right for the children. Local mum of a child with Autism, Kira Williams, set up a scheme in the Summer which was funded by Autism Wishes. “It is every child’s wish to have somewhere that they can go to and have fun, without being judged” she said, and that was the reason for her starting the scheme. The scheme ran twice a week over the whole of the holidays and was greatly welcomed and used by many families in the area with a child on the spectrum. Following on from this, it was decided to continue running the scheme over each school holiday, with Autism Wishes continuing to fund the Project.
It is an amazing initiative and Autism Wishes are proud to be sponsoring this..