Welcome to Welsh Autism Support: WAS struggling but now supported
At WAS we aim to raise money to support disadvantaged families and children with autism, and other developmental disorders. We aim to provide these families with the finances to fund their child’s after-school education. This can help make children’s struggles a thing of the past. “WAS struggling but now supported”. Children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders face many challenges on a day-to-day basis. At WAS we strongly believe that every child has the potential to grow up and be whatever they want to be. It is our responsibility to provide these children with the means to do so.
We are dedicated to providing children with the support to aid their development and help that child ‘catch up’ with their peers. This can be through a full time program as a replacement to school setting, or as an after-school program. With both programs children are given 1:1 care, education and play with a trained and experienced therapist. Programs are run by a supervisor who will direct the therapist and ensure the child’s program is individualised to meet that child’s specific needs. Through teaching skills and providing children with the social and emotional support, we can give them the chance to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
Care is given to each child through the 1:1 therapists upon arrival. This allows the parent or guardian a well deserved break secure in the knowledge that their child is in safe hands. Education is provided in which the child’s individualised needs are assessed and skills are taught in a simple, fun and energetic way. Play is widely recognised as being beneficial in the emotional development of children and we use this in large amounts during programs and within any experience WAS has with children we aim to help.
New toys and resources are of up-most importance to the child’s development and life enjoyment. At WAS we aim to provide disadvantaged children with new toys so their emotional development is supported through-out. Parents can feel overwhelmed by the array of toys available to their child. Different toys help children develop different skills. For example a puzzle develops fine motor skills and cognitive problem solving skills whereas dressing up toys develop social and emotional skills important in imagining the feelings of others. Additionally ‘sensory’ toys allow a child to develop their visual tracking skills. Children need a large array of toys to suit their ever changing motivation.
Unfortunately, all this comes at a cost and disadvantaged families cannot afford such ‘luxuries’. With rising prices on every day items, affording support for their child is even more difficult. At WAS we understand the care, education and play we provide should not be a luxury but available to everyone. This is where we need your help. We need to raise money for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have the best opportunities to develop skills and lead a fulfilling life. Please contact us and donate whatever you can.
We are working with the community to increase acceptance of autism and autism related disorders. We hope hosting events through-out the year will raise awareness of autism and create more acceptance within our community and between other communities. Please click ‘get involved’ or contact us for ways to help. We can use your own individual skills to help a particular event and the greater cause. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated by all of us.