If you read my posts you will know that I help run support groups as part of the Derby Branch of The National Autistic Society and I love meeting many different people from parents, professionals and to those on the spectrum themselves.
It is difficult though to access these meetings sometimes and we run as many groups as possible at present with only being a small committee. Life gets busy and also for those with Autism sitting in a room you may not be familiar with and with people you don't know may be a difficult way to access this support. So what do we do when we can't go to support groups?
Well there are some online forums which give advice and support and loads of information, it is just like discussing topics in a group but from the comfort of your own home. We encourage anyone to ask for advice on our facebook page at the NAS Derby & District Branch, this usually starts a good thread with different people from different backgrounds in a similar situation who can give direct advice. I've always found personally a great comfort from talking to other parents as it has always made me feel like I'm never alone and that someone somewhere knows exactly how I may be feeling. I also get the same feelings from talking to professionals and there is nothing like chatting to someone on the spectrum as they are living and breathing Autism so where best to grab some advice.
I was looking online and found some great information within Network Autism, this is an online resource brought to you by The National Autistic Society and aimed mainly at professionals to share information but while looking there I did find a list of online forums for parent/carers to use. Here is the link and if to go down to the bottom of the guidelines you will find the list of sites to go to.
There is so much information on a lot of these sites and most of them have a place to chat to each other too. If you search 'Autism' on Facebook there are many groups for discussion too so there are a lot of options for this type of support if it is what you prefer. Let me know if there are any you have used or use on a regular basis and I will pass them on through my blog here.
Thank you for reading today, it means a lot......if you like your tv and fancy joining me tomorrow for a bit of telly talk then I will be here for Pass the Remote. but for now you all take care now.
Every Saturday will be about Autism, family and life.