Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sensory Play sessions

Children's Choice Therapy Service have some play sessions in the Summer Holidays. Please contact them directly to book places.

Summer Holidays are coming! Sensory Play Sessions:
Thursday 2nd Aug 10am or 11am
Thursday 9th Aug 10am or 11am
Thursday 16th Aug 10am or 11am
Wednesday 22nd Aug 1.30 or 2.30pm
Thursday 30th Aug 10am or 11am.

Cost £10 per child per session, OT on hand, bookable through  

They are also bringing together intervention groups around DCD, feeding issues, and all ages for sensory and motor programmes. For more information please email:

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Future Meetings - July

Coming up in July...

NAS Branch meetings coming up in July...

Tuesday 17th July - The Farmhouse, Derby

7pm to 8pm (we are planning the themed discussion for the hour - but have the room available until 9 if people want to stay on to chat longer)

We are planning on having some topic evenings, where we will get together as a group to discuss and share ideas around a specific topic. The topic we are starting with is "summer break and summer holidays". This will be a themed discussion and a chance to share ideas about how autistic children and adults cope with summer holidays and activities.

Thursday 19th July - Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton 

10am to 11.30am

Alice Serne from Family Fund will be providing a talk about the services they offer to families so feel free to come along and grab some information.

Friday 20th June - Ravensdale School, Derby

9.30am to 10.30am

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa!

NAS Education Rights Service

The Education Rights Service provides impartial and confidential information and support to families on school education rights and entitlements.

The Education Advice Lines can help when you want general information about your child’s educational rights and entitlements or advice on specific topics such as getting extra help in school, assessments, education plans, reviews or school transport. 
The Tribunal Support Lines can help you consider your options if you have a right of appeal against a decision about your child’s educational needs.
Leave a message on the 24-hour answering service and they will call you back – 0808 800 4102 (free from landlines and most mobiles). You will usually hear from one of the specialist volunteers within 3-5 working days, although this can take longer at busy times. 

For more information please visit

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Scropton Riding for the Disabled

They are a Derbyshire based Riding and Driving Centre providing therapeutic and developmental horse riding and driving lessons for disabled participants. They run lessons 6 days per week, 50 weeks per year for a wide range of abilities and experience, from beginner to sports level. 

As the weather improves during Spring our diary quickly starts to fill up again, but they are always keen to reach out to new people and groups wanting to join them to ensure everyone has chance to try our horse activities. If anyone within wishes to ride or drive, please contact them and they will do their best to find a slot within the right lesson. 

Please contact them directly for more information - or call us on 01283 812753 (this number is only manned between 10am and 3pm daily).

NAS Parent to Parent Service

Parent to Parent (P2P) is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of children or adults on the autistic spectrum.

The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who are all parents themselves of an autistic child or adult. Volunteers are based across the UK so you don’t have to share information with someone in your local area. Our volunteers have personal experience of autism and the impact it has on their own families. They can give other parents the opportunity to talk through problems and feelings, suggest helpful strategies, or provide a non-judgemental listening ear.

You can call at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answer phone. Please be aware that you will not speak to someone immediately as this is not a manned line. If you leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. 

The number to call is 0808 800 4106.
Please visit for more information.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Information from Children's Choice Therapy...

Following positive feedback from parents, Children's Choice Therapy are running their 'understanding sensory processing' for parents course. This will be 10am to 2pm on Friday 27th April. Cost is £15 and light lunch is provided. The course is held at their Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Centre (DE13 9PD) and booking and any questions are through

They also have Sensory Play sessions running for children and their parents / carers on Thursday 29th March and Thursday 5th April at 10am and 11am, cost £10 per child per session and booking is through

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Library (please return outstanding books)

Our ever popular Library is usually available at our branch meetings.

If you have an outstanding book please ensure its prompt and safe return. If you have any problems with returning the books (which are branch property), please contact us to make arrangements.

Important Note:
We do ask for each individual book to be signed out with the borrower’s full contact details, and that a donation be made for each book borrowed. All donations for books are used to purchase further titles.