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There is a 'Try Before You Buy' system for equipment & resources, so this could save you spending money to then find out what you have bought your child or young person doesn't like it. This works by leaving a deposit which you will get back on the return of item, and a hire charge which will go to buying more resources. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more information on this scheme.

Below we have a selection of weighted items that can help your child . For a small deposit you can borrow these items to try before you buy.

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 We have some samples of the Oranurse flavourless toothpaste. This is a non foaming toothpaste and is ideal for children with sensory issues around brushing their teeth.


We are building quite a library of books that you are able to borrow. We would be grateful if you would return therm as soon as you have read them then our other members can enjoy them. I will add them all over the coming weeks.


I have read this book myself and I loved it. The book provides an informative account of the experiences children and young people face during their school years. (ISBN: 978-1-84920-000-4)



A guide for parents and caregivers (ISBN-13:978-1496172280)


Another fantastic read and one of ASAAC's all time favourite autism practitioners Phoebe Caldwell. If you have not come across this wonderful lady then you really need to read some of her books. (ISBN:978-1-84310-500-8)

caldwell2Another Caldwell must read (ISBN:978-1-909810-44-0)


A moving account of a family's battle finding their way around the SEND system. (ISBN:978-1-84310-774-3)


Are you confused about therapies and treatments? This book provides a guide on the most commonly used interventions. (ISBN;978-1-910336-76-9)


A guide to good practice. This book is written by practitioners who are highly skilled in teaching children with autism. (ISBN: 978-0-415-68749-2)

Bose Quietcomfort 15 vs 3

We have been lucky enough to be able to purchase a pair of these BOSE Quiet Comfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones. These come highly recommended for children and adults on the spectrum with sensory issues around hearing, they cancel out all the background noise whilst letting the wearer hear what is being said in the foreground. These retail at around £250.00 so we thought we would buy a pair for you to try before you buy. There will be a refundable deposit to borrow these.

Helpful Links

Below is a collection of organisations that will be able to provide you with information, help and support - both locally in West Cumbria and also Nationally 

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About Autism

As Autism is a spectrum condition it affects each individual in different ways, some may show lots of traits whilst other may disguise them very well. It is a lifelong developmental disability for which there is no cure. It affects the way the individual perceives the world, how they relate and communicate to others and how they behave. There are currently around 700,000 people diagnosed with autism on the UK, just over 1% of the population. It is more prevalent in boys than girls, with five time more males diagnosed than females. Although it is thought that females are better at hiding the traits and so there may be much more who remain undiagnosed.

If you are concerned you child is showing signs of Autism, you should seek advice from your GP or Health Visitor. It can be a long and emotional process to reach a diagnosis, and so we accept members to our group who are waiting for a diagnosis as well as the who are already diagnosed. We are not able to help this process along but we have all been there and so we can offeremotional support by you attending the group or discussing on our forum.

Get Involved

Fundraise for Us
Whether it is organising a bake sale or running a marathon we are incredibly grateful for anyone who raises funds for our group. We operate on a volunteering basis so every single penny goes towards helping the children of our group to enjoy being part of the community whilst supporting the parents. If you would like to arrange a sponsored event you can download a sponsor form, and if you would like to ask local businesses to support an event you can download our standard letter, please keep a record of everyone who has contributed so that we can thank them.

Organise and Event
If you would like to organise a group activity please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details. We have a dedicated team that meets regularly to arrange events throughout the year. We encourage members to get involved with generating ideas for these events, however we are striving to establish good relationships with local businesses that can provide services to us. This involves arranging special rates for our group and inviting them to the support group to discuss how they make their businesses more autism friendly.

Join the Commitee
We hold our AGM every January where new committee members are voted in. If you would like to be considered for any of the roles please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know how you can contribute. Please remember these roles are voluntary but they will take up around 15-20 hours per week.

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We are non for profit. All our money goes into helping everyone involved in our group. Please use the link below to donate and help our group keep going.