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Girls Connect support group - for parent/carers of girls with autism spectrum conditions

Girls Connect support group - for parent/carers of girls with autism spectrum conditions or on the social communication pathway or who may be on the spectrum.

Our Girls Connect group usually meets at our sessions at the Crossways Centre on occasional Friday mornings, but have moved online currently.

They are now holding coffee mornings by Zoom.

Please book in advance to be sent the Zoom link.

The next date is Thursday 14th October from 10am to 12 midday.


The subject of this talk will be:

Collaborative Parent Coaching

Are your kids struggling with meltdowns, frustration, angry outbursts? Do you
know what your child’s behavior is trying to tell you?

Michele Thompson and Emma Penfold from Word of Mouth will be offering an introduction to help parents to develop a greater understanding of their
child’s sensory and social communication difficulties and how these impact on daily behavior.

In these sessions, Michele (Speech & Language Therapist) & Emma (Occupational Therapist) will be working together to support you to:

• Understand your child’s needs and behavior triggers

• Identify the differences between sensory processing difficulties and behaviours of concern.

• Provide strategies and tools to support you and your child’s self-regulation

• Feel empowered and confident in positively supporting your child.

We will be using bespoke resources tailored to your child in combination with resources from our extensive evidence base including Ayres’ sensory
integration®, Michele Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking ® approach, and Daniel J. Siegel’s The Whole-brain Child.

Previous events have included:

Wednesday 30th June 2021 Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) with Felix Economakis

Read more about Felix here:
Watch his TedX talk here:

Wednesday 10th March 2021 - speaker:  Michele Thompson from Word of Mouth on "social thinking"

Michele will provide an introduction to Social Thinking, a CBT inspired programme to support a child's social communication. She will discuss strategies from this approach and share resource ideas from her caseload. She will also discuss how to support anxiety using evidence from Dr Dan Siegel’s research and his book, The Whole Brain Child.

Previous talk: Friday 6th November from 10am to 11am by Zoom.

The guest speaker:

Sarah Wild
Limpsfield Grange School

Limpsfield Grange is an independent special residential and day school for girls aged 11 -16 with communication and interaction difficulties, ASD and Aspergers.

This group aims to support parents of GIRLS with autism and operates in conjunction with our NAS coffee events which are for parent/carers of all children and young people with autism.

Girls who have autism often manifest the condition very differently from boys. They may "mask" it and therefore be later diagnosed than boys.

This support group has been set up so that parent/carers of girls can share experiences, ideas, support and strategies.

Girls Connect is an information sharing forum for parents of girls and women who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and who live primarily, but not exclusively, in the South West London area. The group is also open to older girls / young women with ASD.

The forum was founded in June 2015 with the aim of using the network to share resources, information, events and services that are relevant to girls on the spectrum, as well as provide support to their parents and carers. To date Girls Connect has been running monthly coffee mornings across South West London, including during Skylarks sessions on Friday mornings. There is also an invitation-only Facebook page for sharing information.

If anyone is interested in joining the group, they should search for the group, Southwest London Girls Connect on Facebook and request admittance or email

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