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Richmond National Autistic Society online support group coffee evening

Run by Susie from Skylarks
Richmond National Autistic Society (NAS) hosts regular online get togethers for parents of children with autism or on the social communication pathway via Zoom.

Wednesday 9th February FROM 8PM TO 9.30PM BY ZOOM

We welcome and offer support to parents and carers, wherever you live.  
Our topic will be supporting parents of teenagers with autism, and you may like to discuss how we can best encourage friendships, improve communication skills and lessen social isolation as well as any other challenges facing this age group.  
The evening will be hosted by parent members of the NAS Richmond, Laura and Susie (also from Skylarks) who will ensure that everyone feels included and are able to support one another.  

We are very pleased to welcome Cassie Yates, from Knots Arts to the meeting.  Cassie provides the weekly drama classes at Skylarks, and has a wealth of experience working with children with social and communication difficulties. Through drama clubs and youth clubs she supports children and young people to build their communication and friendship skills   
Please sign up to attend on the Skylarks website and you will be sent a zoom link in advance, usually the day before the meeting.  If you do not receive it, please check your junk folder  
We would be grateful if you could read the following before you join the meeting.     
  1. This is a support group and safe space, and we want everyone to feel included. We have a confidentiality rule: whatever is said at the group must not be discussed outside the group or divulged to others.     
  2. All are welcome wherever you live. The group runs 8:00-9:30. Don't worry if you can't make the 8 o'clock start, just sign in when you can. You also do not have to stay until 9:30, if that does not suit you.     
  3. If you sign in during the meeting and someone is speaking about something particularly personal, you may be held temporarily in the 'waiting room', so they don't feel interrupted.   
  4. You must not record, photograph or video any of the meeting     
  5. The meeting is for adults, so we suggest you find somewhere where you will not be disturbed.     
  6. We understand that your children may wander into the room, overhear or interrupt. Please be aware there may be other participants in the meeting who wish to discuss topics you may not want your child to hear (eg how to tell a child they have autism or how they are struggling with friendships).     
  7. You are responsible for the safety of your children. Ensure they are fully clothed if they are likely to wander into the meeting.     
  8. If you are concerned about any parent who is part of the group, or anything that has been discussed, please contact a member of NAS Richmond.     
  9. On-line Zoom passwords are not to be publicised to those who haven’t booked in advance 

NAS Richmond have also set up a small support group for parents of autistic adults living away from the family home

For parents and carers of adults (over 18 years) with autism who have moved out of the family home, not including those in residential colleges who come home at weekends and/or holidays.   For more information, please contact NAS Richmond by email:

All Richmond NAS meetings are an open forum and there will be parent members of the National Autistic Society Richmond present to listen to any concerns you have around supporting children and young adults with autism spectrum conditions. As with the coffee mornings we usually run, NAS Richmond will be there to ensure people feel included and are able to support one another. All are welcome wherever you live. 

The times of the event are from 8pm to 9.30pm. Please do not worry if you are late - you can join at any time.

The Zoom link will be sent to you in advance, usually the day before. If you do not receive it, please check your junk folder.

Safeguarding procedures:

This session is aimed at adults and we encourage you to find a quiet place where you won’t be overheard or disturbed. However we understand that you have your children at home with you and that this may not always be possible. Please be aware of the safety of your children during our live sessions.

While you are taking part in a Skylarks live online session, you are responsible for your child/ren's safety. Please make sure your child/ren are fully dressed in case they walk into the room.

You must not record, photograph or video any Skylarks live online sessions

You must not share any Zoom passwords.

If you are concerned about any other child or parent who is part of the group, please contact a member of Skylarks staff.

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