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Tracy Blackwell: Parent & Carer Forums
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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Merton Mencap would like to thank Merton Council for their funding of this service. Merton Council’s support and encouragement for this service, and for the work of Merton Mencap, is greatly appreciated.





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

Additionally Resourced Provision (ARPs) in Merton schools

Monday 29 January, 10.00am to 12.00pm
with Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Merton’s Head of School Improvement

A school ARP receives additional resources to meet the Special Educational Needs of children who require more support than a mainstream school can provide. Elizabeth will explain what an ARP is, which schools have them, how they work, how your child can get a place, and how Merton ensures that ARPs are meeting pupils needs. Come along and ask your questions! For parents of children.
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Merton Autism Strategy engagement session

Wednesday 7 February, 10am to 12pm
with Dr Sally O’Brien, Public Health Registrar

As part of Merton’s public engagement process, Sally will be meeting us to present Merton’s draft autism strategy. She will be seeking your views on the draft and feeding these comments back before the final version of the strategy is agreed in March 2018. This follows our meeting in May 2017 with Dr Claire Greszczuk and Daniel Butler where parents/carers gave their views about the local needs and priorities they would like to see the strategy address. This is your chance to have your say before the final version of the strategy is agreed. This engagement will not include any consultation on the revised diagnostic pathway for children with autism which the CCG is currently developing. For parent/carers of children and adults.
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Strategies to help with sensory difficulties

Friday 9 March, 10am to 12pm
with Sheena Rufus, Team Leader, Merton Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy

Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information which can affect behaviour and can have a profound effect on a person’s life.Sheena will be exploring strategies you can use at home with your child, young person or adult, which may be able to help with their sensory difficulties in relation to noise, crowds, touch, textures, bright lights, clothing and more. 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).