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‘Alex and Rosie’s Adventures in West Sussex’ to be reprinted

We are pleased to announce that our story book for children with autism and related disabilities in West Sussex is being reprinted by popular demand. As before, the books will be distributed by the Short Breaks Team at West Sussex County Council.

Parent and Carer Event in West Sussex

David and Tharada will be attending a Parent and Carer Event on Saturday 15th November at Worthing College, West Sussex. The event includes a series of workshops and 1:1 sessions with practitioners. Free copies of Alex and Rosie’s Adventures in West Sussex will be available during the event.

‘Alex and Rosie’s Adventures in West Sussex’ published

The second in our ‘Alex and Rosie’ series has recently been published. It is available, free of charge, from West Sussex County Council, and a pdf e-book will be available to download from our Resources page in the next few days.

Walking and Talking Autism 2014

We were recently contacted by the Gina Davies Autism Centre about a project which offers practical support for children with autism. Gina is undertaking a walk in the South East in late summer, volunteering help along the way – more details can be found on the Centre’s website www.ginadavies.co.uk

Suffolk guide

We are now working on the fourth in our series of local guides; this guide is designed to help parents, carers and teachers to engage children on the autistic spectrum with the natural world in Suffolk. The guide is being funded by Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and Dedham Vale AONB, and should be published early in 2015.

Puffin on the Beach

Autism and Nature founders, David and Tharada Blakesley, have just had an illustrated children’s story book published by Widgit Software Ltd. Puffin on the Beach represents the first in a series of ‘Sam and Hollie’ story books. The simple text which accompanies the illustrations in the book is supported by Widgit symbols over key words, for children with learning difficulties or problems with speech and language development. More details can be found on the Widgit website (www.widgit.com/sam-and-hollie)

Alex and Rosie’s adventures in Kent

Exciting news! We have just received a letter from The Henry Smith Charity confirming that Autism and Nature has been awarded a grant to undertake a new project in Kent, which will result in the publication of the further adventures of Alex and Rosie. Alex and Rosie books are designed to engage children’s interest in the natural world, and help parents/carers to prepare children for visits to the natural places featured in our guides. The book will be completed in the autumn, and will be available free of charge at that time.

Alex and Rosie’s adventures in West Sussex

We have now finished the artwork for the second in our Alex and Rosie series. Alex and Rosie visit the natural places featured in our West Sussex guide. The children’s story book, supported by Widgit symbols, should be printed in early May, just in time for spring! It will be available on line, and from West Sussex County Council Short Breaks Team.

West Sussex guide reprinted

We are pleased to announce that our guide for parents, carers and teachers in West Sussex has been reprinted by popular demand. Collectively, we have now printed over 11,000 copies of our guides to Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex.

West Sussex guide now available to download

The third in our series of local guides, designed to help parents, carers and teachers to engage children on the autistic spectrum with the countryside, is now available to download on our resources page. Printed copies are being distributed by the Short Breaks Team West Sussex County Council.

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