On Tuesday 5th February we held a coffee morning with a focus on “Making Sense of Autism”. Parents looked at some of the main features of autism and strategies that can be used to support children who have a diagnosis. They could also share ideas and get additional information to help them.
Dawn Clark who is a specialist teacher for the Autism Team attended led the session and said; “It was a great morning where everyone learnt more about autism. It was lovely to see so many parents who shared some of their experiences to support each other. Staff at Walter Halls do an excellent job to ensure that all young people with autism get the best possible support.”
The coffee morning was organised by Lee Neal (Assistant SENCo) who said; “It was great to see so many parents at the coffee morning. Events like this provide us with an opportunity to share and discuss ideas about our school in an informal setting. They're a really valuable way of building strong relationships between staff and parents and provide an excellent way for us to gain valuable feedback.”
Emma, a parent who attended the session said; “I’m really glad I came this morning. I know my child is autistic, and I’m quite proactive. I understand that as a parent you can feel quite isolated, so things like this are really good for meeting other parents with similar experiences. I hope this will help other parents and give ideas and coping strategies.”
Thank you to everyone who came along to the coffee morning or helped to organise it. Everyone is welcome to come along to the coffee mornings whether the theme applies to your or your child. Look out for future events which we’ll put on the website calendar and posters around school.