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The Playhouse Foundation provides young children with autism and their families the opportunity to have an educational home program (Applied Behavioral Analysis) in the critical early years. We work together with a consultant and a team of tutors to enable young children with autism to improve their functional daily living and communication, play and social interaction, and allow them access to the most appropriate school setting with provision to best match their needs. In addition, the foundation offers peer support and an information group for parents and carers of children who suffer from autism. We bring isolated local families together who may find it difficult to socialise or integrate because their child's behavior is perceived as challenging by the wider community.
Following the success of our core aims of the charity, we are now seeking funding to enable us to respond to the growing demand for information, advice and support from parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism, but who may not be able or eligible to participate in the program. Therefore, we wish to develop a signposting program which helps to support isolated families who may be struggling to cope with their child's autistic diagnosis. This service will be championed by our founder with the support of key professionals and volunteers and will provide bespoke, signposting, befriending and where appropriate peer-support for families in need. The aim is to provide a 'one-stop-shop' approach to support for families exhausted and isolated by their child's diagnosis.