Tis' The Season, Christmas Tips & Lots More

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Welcome to our December Update - Lots to Read!
express News in Brief

As the festive season kicks in we do wish you all a very peaceful and Merry Christmas and New Year.  We have added some links to some tips to hopefully help the holidays be a little less stressful. Last month we entered the OneFamily community awards and relied on your votes to secure a £5,000 award - You Did It! We are very pleased to have been awarded up to £5,000 specifically for our art therapy and sibling support groups, this means we can continue to offer and expand our groups. For more information on our art therapy and sibling support groups please see feature below. Thank you to everyone who voted, shared, nagged friends and family - we hope you agree it was worth it! We also have our new signage up and we are starting to get very festive! (Pics below)
Express Support Groups

We now run 5 different support groups as well as 1:1 support for EHCPs and DLAs all details are below. Our groups are on different days both daytime and evening and all run by volunteers please contact us for more information or simply turn up (only the Rose has to be via ticketing for capacity purposes). It helps to share experiences, and to know you are not on your own. 

ARTS @ Express
Our Art therapy and SIBs groups are coming to an end for this term but please do get your referrals in soon for next term. Places go fast! It's lovely to hear parents tell us how much their children look forward to them. Please see our flyer below for more details and apply via our website. This is just a small part of what the eventual hub could provide please support us and help that goal become a reality sooner.

We have an excellent dedicated small team of volunteers but we really do need support with fundraising to help cover our increasing costs. Please do consider fundraising for us, however big or small it all helps! Some ideas ... Coffee mornings, cake sales, quiz night in your local, good as new sale or pamper evening. Please also nominate us in your local supermarket schemes or look out for community funds we can apply for. We really need your help!

Please please could we ask as many of you as possible to sign up to easyfundraising. It doesn't cost you anything and you can raise money for Express when you shop online. See below for details.

Your comments are always welcome - please click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please continue to support us it really does make a difference. You can do your bit by spreading the word, attending events, offering your expertise, and fundraising. Please do get involved.

For further information on our upcoming events you can visit
 & for other events locally

best wishes,
Annette & Tracey

Support Groups
  • Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at the Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm  NEXT: DEC 16th
  • 1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm NEXT: DEC 3rd
  • NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am   STARTS: JAN 12th
  • NEW TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   NEXT: DEC 21st 
  • Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm  NEXT: DEC 15th
  • Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm  020 8390 4273
express Coffee Morning @ The Rose Wednesday16th December 

Please do join us to hear Dr Anna Remington's talk: 

'The Autism Gift' 
'The deficits associated with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) are well documented, yet in recent years there has also been a body of research that has investigated strengths in the condition. In particular there are a large number of reports of superior performance on a variety of visual and auditory processing tasks. In this talk I will look at the idea of Autism as a ‘difference’ rather than a ‘disability’, and will present evidence from my own research that demonstrates that individuals with ASC are able to process more information at any given time than non-autistic controls. This ‘Increased Perceptual Capacity’ may explain many of the behaviours – both positive and negative – that seen within the condition.'
Anna Remington (MA, MSc, PhD) is a lecturer in Psychology and Human Development at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) For more information on Anna's publications please visit her UCL profile here.

Our coffee morning are always a great way to meet other parents/carers, the team at Express and share experiences in a relaxed environment. 

Plus as it's Christmas we will have some delicious homebaked cakes from Lucy! 

For capacity purposes, please book Tickets for all attendees
£5 donation is suggested, if you are unable to donate there are a limited amount of free tickets available)

We very much hope to see many of you there.
Rotary Santa Sleigh & Rotree

This year express are delighted to have been asked to participate in the Rotary club's Christmas fundraising events. We will be on the Santa Sleigh touring the Berryland's area on Tuesday 15th December from 6pm-8pm with a very special guest - Father Christmas! If you are in the area do come out and say hello! 
In addition we will be at the Rotree in Kingston town centre on Thursday 17th December between 2pm-5pm, again do come and say hello :)
NB: If there is anyone who would like to come along and volunteer with us, particularly at the Rotree, facepainters & arts/crafts very welcome, then please do contact us on as soon as possible. Our thanks to the Kingston Rotary Club! 


How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son's Autism Diagnosis | Shawna Wingert 

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And yet for many years, in our family, it was one of the worst. After finally getting his diagnosis, and learning more…
Sensory Sensitvities In Autism Explained - CRAE
The 'Seeing The World Differentlyproject running at CRAE has aimed (1) to better understand the nature of sensory differences amongst autistic children, young people and adults, and (2) to increase the awareness of these differences among non-autistic people, particularly those who support those on the autism spectrum. Read more here 
Mental Illness MonstersThrough The Eyes of an Artist 

Some very powerful images.
Ambitious About Autisms Youth Patron Jules Robertson - A Story of How I Overcame Bullying

"I remember how I felt when I was bullied at school and I wanted to use my story and how I overcame the bullying to help other young people who might be going through the same ordeal. Working with MyVoice not only gave me the dazzling opportunity to become a cartoon (well, I am quite animated!) but it has also been a great way of using my storytelling skills to do something positive for other people on the spectrum." Jules Robertson

Kennel Grandslam. A story of how I overcame bullying by Jules Robertson

New Guidance Aims to Improve End-of-Life Care for People with Autism

People with learning disabilities should have access to the same high quality care as others in the UK. A new guide sets out how to achieve this.

Please see attached flyer for details of SWAPs Children's Christmas Party

Schedule of events now updated including upcoming open meetings.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Express?

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

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There are no catches or hidden charges and Express will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Interesting Articles :

Touch Blue Torch Yellow New Drama Set To Challenge Myths Around Autism
Sometimes A Simple Yes or No is Enough
Does Her Anxiety Look Big In This
The Conversation I Wish I Didn't Have To Have
Autistic Recruits Can Enrich Businesses

Living With Autism: ‘It's so moving that 2 children can have such an impact on each other'

If you come across any interesting articles you'd like us to share in our newsletter next month please do email them to us. Also feel free to share on our facebook page.
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