Living with Autism: an invitation to share and discuss parenting experiences

This event has now passed.

Date: 20 June 2019
Venue: Watershed
Time: 18:00-20:00

We have amended the title and description for this event in the light of feedback from members of the autistic community. We thank those who emailed us and hope the new title and description are clearer and more appropriate.

Parenting can be stressful and challenging for many parents. However, for those who raise children with special needs, everyday life challenges may have different dimensions.

Diagnostic and post-diagnostic processes, denial, tantrums and meltdowns, phone calls from schools, expectations, frustrations, interventions and strategies (and lack of them), support services (and lack of them), stigma, stress and anxieties about the future, the unknown and the unexpected, the pressure for the children to conform... These are only some of the day-to-day challenges experienced by parents and carers of children with Autism.

There are also the abilities and opportunities that can be overshadowed by a rigidity of educational and societal systems, rules and constraints. Have the abilities of the children with a diagnosis of Autism been acknowledged and welcome? Has the focus been on their 'special needs', rather than their special skills?

Once again, we would like to offer the opportunity for parents, carers, practitioners and academics to share knowledge, experience and expertise. We would like to hear your stories, your struggles and successes. We offer a safe platform to share your stories and to have your questions answered by a range of practitioners and academic staff. This event is restricted to 70 participants in order to allow for small group sharing and discussion, please sign up to reserve a place.

How to attend

Cost: £10/£7.50/Free UWE Bristol students and alumni
Contact: Aga Kowalska

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