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Post date: Feb 22, 2016 3:15:49 PM

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a good half term week, the mornings and evenings are getting lighter and spring is just around the corner so lots to look forward too.

We are having a coffee afternoon on Wednesday 2nd March from 1:30- 3pm . We have two guests attending Sandra from IASS(Information advice and support service) and Graham from CCIL (Cheshire Centre for Independent Living).

Some of our families have used these services and feel they have been really helpful.

Come along to the Coffee Afternoon to find out more about them. A flyer will be coming home in the next day or so, please return the slip at the bottom so we know how many people are coming.

Coming up this week...........

Sensory Workshop

The National Autistic Society, Cheshire West and Chester Branch are hosting a Sensory Workshop on Wednesday, 25th February from 9:30am – 12:30pm at The Autism Support Hub in Northwich. This is set to be a really interesting and informative workshop overlooking a number of topics including; how sensory systems work, sensory processing difficulties, strategies to help children, vast collection of sensory toys and equipment available to be borrowed.

For further information on where the event is taking place and contact details, please follow the link below to the event poster.

Sensory Workshop Poster.

Cheshire Oaks – Autism Friendly

Cheshire Oaks now host monthly autism friendly shopping experiences, with a couple of adaptions to help ease the anxiety that shopping can cause and also to help build confidence of people with autism and their families to go out shopping! The adaptions made include; lights turned down low, music turned down low/turned off, a number of different quiet zones throughout the site for a place to go if feeling overwhelmed and need a break, all staff have received training in autism from our award winning Autism in Practice department. Also if you visit the customer services office when you arrive, you can pick up a map of the Cheshire Oaks site which will outline all the quiet zones for you and also autism alert cards which can be handed out to the public or a staff member if you require any assistance.

The next Autism Friendly Shopping night will be on Tuesday, 8th March from 5:00 – 9:00pm

Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

Once a month cinemas in the area show an autism friendly screening of a children’s movie; this is great for all ages and family members to attend and is targeted at those with a child with ASD or disability. The screenings differ from the usual mainstream as there are no adverts before the film is shown (therefore be there on time), the lights are raised slightly and the sound is lowered; also if your child swops seats or talks during the performance then this is ok. This is also a good chance to meet other families with children with ASD.

This months screenings are:

Odeon Cinema, Bromborough – will be showing Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip on Sunday, 28th February at 11:30am.

Vue Cinema, Birkenhead & Cheshire Oaks will be showing The Good Dinosaur on Sunday, 28th February at 10:00am for just £1.99 a ticket!

National Autism day is soon approaching please support our

Hinderton family who have arranged a fundraiser on 2nd April 2016

at Hope Farm Community Centre. If you would like more information or wish donate

prizes please contact Clare on clarepowell@live.co.uk

If you would like more information on any of the events above please contact me 0151 338 2200 or karen.williams@hinderton.cheshire.sch.uk

Have a good week

Karen