NAS Shropshire Group
Thank you for visiting with us! We are a social support group for adults with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. Based in Shrewsbury, we pride ourselves in providing regular sessions for our group members with a range of different activities along with some therapy techniques.
If you would like to get involved or find out more, please do get in touch and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Informal Social Gathering
Looking out for each other
Here at the Shropshire branch of the National Autistic Society we provide regular group sessions for adults with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.
As part of the National Autistic Society our values are:
- We learn from real experience. We’ve spent over 50 years working together with people on the autism spectrum. No-one has more practical knowledge of autism. But we move with the times and we understand that there’s always more to learn
- We tell it like it is. We share what we have learned about autism, so that more people can make informed decisions and lead the best lives possible
- We inspire. We celebrate progress, open up new possibilities, spur people into action and motivate change
- We are courageous. We won’t accept ignorance or inequality, and we’ll never stop pushing for more understanding, greater support and a better world for people on the autism spectrum
Shropshire Aspergers Support Group was originally established in 2005 by Counselling Psychologist, Paul Moloney. This was a strategy to bring adults with Aspergers Syndrome together to support them in a group setting. After eight years our Group is now no longer under the National Health Service (N.H.S.) and continues to run with Georgie Bridgwater as the Group’s Leader as part of the National Autistic Society.
National Autistic Society is a large national charity for people with Autism which was founded by a group of parents in 1962.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
The word ‘spectrum’ is used because, while all people with autism share three main areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in very different ways. Some are able to live relatively ‘everyday’ lives; others will require a lifetime of specialist support.
The three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share are sometimes known as the ‘triad of impairments’. They are:
- difficulty with social communication
- difficulty with social interaction
- difficulty with social imagination
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.
With the right support and encouragement, people with Asperger syndrome can lead full and independent lives.
For more information please visit: www.autism.co.uk
Tailored, useful support
Too much information
When you’re autistic, life can feel overwhelming.
When things go wrong for autistic people, it tends to be because other people’s understanding is lacking. Whether it’s a child having a meltdown in a shopping centre, an adult struggling to find a job or a parent trying to make their local school more autism-friendly, better public understanding can make all the difference.
It’s often public spaces that autistic people find hardest. They can be overwhelming – crowded, unpredictable, loud and bright. And when people feel overloaded by too much information, they often encounter a public that simply doesn’t understand them and their autism.
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Achieving goals together