Jennifer, Chair of Skylarks
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 meets either at our sessions at the Crossways Centre on occasional Friday mornings or online via Zoom. We have found that offering these sessions via Zoom works for many parents, so we will continue with this. These meet ups will be publicised in our e-newsletters to everyone who is registered with us.
The Virtual meeting on Monday 26th September was recorded and the video is now available to watch. You will need to log in and then click on WATCH.
Girls Connect are delighted to announce guest speaker Dr Claire Scott.
Dr Scott's talk 'Whose job is it anyway? - ‘Health' vs ‘Education’ will cover topics like support / interventions for autistic girls while in mainstream school; managing autistic burnout (linked to exam anxiety), therapeutic support and training and awareness for schools.
Dr Scott has worked as a Consultant Community Paediatrician, both in the NHS and privately since 2003 - specialising in autism assessments, including girls with autism. She believes in supporting children and young people, families and schools to work together to ensure each child achieves their potential, maintains their emotional well-being and is able to thrive.
Over the years, she has also worked with a number of allied professionals to support clients and their families to feel empowered, and to put in strategies (by working with the education and health partners) to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.
Girls Connect Background
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 you are interested in joining the group, you can search for the group, Southwest London Girls Connect on Facebook and request admittance or email email@example.com
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