Christmas event for Newry children with Autism

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autism-eventThe Southern Health and Social Care Trust recently hosted a Christmas event for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person understands the world and communicates with others, and figures show that more than 300 children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with Autism every year. Children and young people enjoyed a range of activities including face painting, balloon modelling, sensory play and a visit to Santa Claus.
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30th-nov-2016-small-boxDenise Carroll, Southern Trust Autism Services Co-ordinator told Newry Times, “Visits to see Santa can be overwhelming for children with autism and can trigger sensory problems because the event isn’t part of a normal routine. “That’s why it’s important to help make this an enjoyable occasion by giving these children the opportunity to have fun, socialise and use their creative skills. “I would like to thank all of our staff for organising what has been an entertaining morning for everyone. Massive efforts have been made to help each of these children enjoy the festive season with us here at the Southern Trust,” Denise added. Article continues below: 2nd-dec-2016-big-boxOne parent who attended the party with their child said, “We have had the most wonderful Christmas party. Thank you so much for your kindness, your input and ideas, your refreshments and just the whole experience. My child has never chatted so much in his whole life.” For further information on the autism services provided at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust please call 028 3836 6777 or email: autism.services@southerntrust.hscni.net

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