In 1994, two organisations began – one national and one local – both with a passion to make a difference in the local community. 25 years on, as both celebrate their 25th Anniversary, The National Lottery Community Fund and SNAP (Special Needs And Parents) have successfully made a huge positive impact for people in need of support.
Positivity is paramount!
The Autumn edition of SNAP Matters is out now and once again it is an essential read for all things SNAP related. Sharing the news of our work and how the charity puts families first, the seventh issue of our magazine is packed full of information for families, supporters and anyone with an interest in the charity.
Founding members Hilary Needham and Paula Hills explain their drive to start a support group
Focus on the positive! That was the overriding message from independent autism expert Geoff Evans when he spoke about challenging behaviours to more than 200 parents and professionals at The SNAP Centre.
Drawing on more than 30 years’ experience Geoff delivered three talks on ‘A Holistic Approach to Behaviours of Concern, Meltdowns and Closedowns’ as part of SNAP’s autumn training programme.
Once again held at the historic De Rougemont Manor in Brentwood, delighted attendees tucked into a selection of sandwiches, cakes and warm scones in support of SNAP. Some guests added some extra sparkle with a glass of prosecco, and everyone took part in the raffle and Cake Quiz.
As eating is a subject families can often find challenging, SNAP was thrilled to welcome Tanya Cotier, an autism and social communication specialist teacher, to the centre last week to deliver a training session on helping families with difficulties they may experience with food and eating.
Following the success of previous Parent Time training groups, SNAP was delighted to be able to host another session on Wednesday 14th March 2018. Parent Time is an opportunity to bring together parents of children who have recently transitioned from pre-school services into primary school, and are looking to share their experiences, build friendships, and learn from others.
At the beginning of March, SNAP was thrilled to welcome Emmie Trower to the centre to deliver a training session on supporting children and young people with dyslexia. Emmie runs Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Support in Brentwood, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with children with specific learning difficulties.
SNAP held another two-session course for parents, to help support their child’s communication. The aim of each workshop was to provide practical advice to help enhance a child’s spoken language and to explore the benefits of using non-verbal methods to support communication.
Following our previous coffee mornings for parents of daughters with ASD, we hosted our first specific coffee morning for parents with sons on the autism spectrum. 48 parents attended this event with sons ranging in age from 2 to 15 years old, each with their own individual strengths and challenges.