Monthly Archives: May 2013

Jumble Sale….help/Jumble needed!

Jumble Sale

Saturday 1st June 10am – 12pm

Horizon Methodist Church, Ecclesall Road

Can you help?

·       Good quality jumble needed – clothes, shoes, bags, toys, books, bric-a-brac, etc

·       Helpers needed to set up the afternoon before and to help run the sale on the day

·       Helpers with cars to move jumble from St Mary’s to the venue the afternoon before

·       Donations of cakes, buns and scones needed on the day

·       Helpers with cars to take left over jumble to weigh in centres and charity shops

Many Thanks!

 
 

Asperger’s is a form of autism.

Tom Leatherland is a member of ACCT and has written this to be read out in assembly…he is 12 and has just been diagnosed.

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Asperger’s is a form of autism. 

I have Asperger’s (pronounced As-per-ger – like burger) Syndrome. Lots of people call it Asperger’s (As-per-jer) and I find this annoying because it is not correct and that is part of what having Asperger’s makes me like. I don’t mind being called an Aspie or you can say I have AS – this is because I am pedantic and I like things to be correct. I am obsessive about various things but my obsessions change – I get bored with something and move onto something else which I want to do all the time until I am bored again. I am extremely unsocial because I prefer my own company to others. I have trouble reading facial expressions and voice tones and so often misinterpret what people mean or how they feel. Having AS is sometimes annoying as, because I take language literally, I am left feeling clueless when everyone else seems to understand what has been said or what is going on. I have extremes of emotions with nothing in between. I feel REALLY happy (when obsessing – either engaging with my obsession, talking about it or thinking about it), or REALLY sad (when I am restricted from my obsession, have something obsession related taken away from me, or am put in a situation that causes sensory overload) or REALLY bored. I am bored when I do not have access to my current obsession, and when I am bored I cannot enjoy anything else and instead stay in a sort of limbo until I am able to return to my obsession. When I am engaged in something that is intriguing or interesting but isn’t obsession related I do not feel anything – I think other people (without AS) feel a wider range of emotions than I do. 

Sensory overload is something that a lot of autistic people struggle with. It is what happens when there is too much of something which affects my senses. It causes me to become extremely agitated and stressed, really sad and stops me from being able to concentrate, focus or think. I am most often overloaded by noise and touch – a prime example would be how I feel in a large place that is packed with people. The noise would be too loud and I wouldn’t be able to cope with the people bumping into me and surrounding me. It makes me want to curl up into a ball and escape from the experience. Another example of touch overload is how I feel when I am wearing scratchy, itchy clothes – they make me want to scream!

Whilst there are a lot of things about Asperger’s which make me struggle, there is always some way to overcome these and a way to help how I feel. There are also a lot of good things about my Asperger’s, one example is that my obsessions make me go to great lengths to make sure what I do is ‘perfect’ and therefore what I produce is usually of a very high standard because I cannot allow myself to spend any less time than is needed to achieve what, in my mind, is perfection. Because of the way my brain works I am logical and analytical which makes me able to calculate things and work things out. 

Without my Asperger’s I would not be me as all I have learnt and experienced and my personality has been defined by my Aspergers – I am autistic, I have AS, it is who I am and I cannot know what I would be like without it.

Thankyou Spotlight Theatre Dance Studios

In The Spotlight 2013 was a fantastic showcase of the wonderful talents of the students at The Spotlight Theatre Dance Studio. We were invited to see the show on March 26th and had a great time. We would like to thank the Dance Studio for the generous donation of £250 from the proceeds of this event.

Spotlight is managed by Hayley Whitehead, (ACCT Member & Mum to Coley who has ASD). Spotlight teaches all aspects of theatre dance, Street Dance, Freestyle, Musical Theatre & Music & Movement ( Parent & Toddler class). Classes are for age 18 months to Adults. 

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ACCT Family Days Out (Instead of Acctivate)

National Media Centre

Saturday 8th June, coach leaves St Mary’s at 10am

Anyone wishing to watch Star Trek into the Darkness – an IMAX experience in 3D can at a reduced rate of £4.50 per person, pre booking through us is essential. CEA cards are accepted.

Please bring a picnic and drinks, alternatively food can be purchased in the Cafe. Please find details on their websitehttp://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

No ACCT staff will be present on this trip and parents will remain responsible for their children at all times.

 

Cycling at Ladybower (Ages 8 – 15 years)

Saturday 15th June

This trip will be fully staffed and children can be dropped off at 11am and picked up at 3pm at Fairholmes

Children need to be competent cyclers; bicycles can be hired at the drop off point

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks in a rucksack, along with any medication required

Depending on the weather rain coats/sun cream and hats may be needed and appropriate foot wear.

 

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, North Anston

Saturday 29th June, coach leaves St Mary’s at 10am

Please bring a picnic and drinks, alternatively food can be purchased in the Cafe. Please find details on their website – http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk

Depending on the weather rain coats/sun cream and hats may be needed and appropriate foot wear.

No ACCT staff will be present on this trip and parents will remain responsible for their children at all times.

 

Please book your places at Acctivate, Teenager Club or contact Emma on 07527 824034 or e.shepherd@acctsheffield.org.uk

 

The House Skate Park Event

ACCT would like to say a huge Thankyou to The House Skate Park for organising and running a fundraising event for us. We are delighted to announce they raised £209 and encouraged some of our members to participate too. The event was a huge success. . 

Thanks again for your support.

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