My name is Emma, I'm mum to Zac, he is 4 and was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old. After he was diagnosed I was sent on my way with a leaflet about autism, no offers of support, no guidance where I could get support, and no other parents I knew who truly understood having an ASD child.
A friend I met at Zac's ASD assessment group told me about 'A Team', a place for ASD kids (diagnosed and under assessment) she took her child on a Saturday. Brilliant i thought, somewhere we could go with hopefully no judgement and stares! Well its so much more, its a place with others in the same boat, no stares or whispering from other parents at Zacs flapping and high pitched noises! Support and friendship from amazing staff and families, somewhere to share stories and seek advice for disrupted (or lack of) sleep, beige diets, loud noises and much more! Most importantly a safe happy place our kids can play and run around and be themselves!
The A Team is a lifeline for us parents and kids!