Autism West Cork is a local support group run by parents for families. We organise ASD friendly family days out, cinema trips, regular activities like cookery classes and horse riding tailored to the children’s needs. Siblings are always invited and welcomed to join their brothers and sisters at these events. When the need arises we hold information night for Parents on different topics. We hold monthly coffee morings for parents throughout West Cork.
The mission of Autism West Cork is to provide support, opportunities and activities for children with ASD and their families. To raise awareness and understanding within our community and society in general of the unique challenges faced by individuals with ASD and their families. To lobby for adequate services and to engage in fund raising to achieve our goals.
As the group grows we hope to provide Saturday and holiday clubs throughout the year.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates, relates and interacts with people and the world around them. The term Autistic Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella description that’s used to highlight the many different ways that people with ASD can be affected.
People with an ASD have difficulties in 3 broad areas:
- Social communication and language
- Social interaction
- Restricted or stereotypical behaviour
There may also be difficulties with sensory sensitivity, adapting to change and handling emotions.
A child/person with autism is often referred to as being on the “autistic spectrum” and autism as “Autistic Spectrum Disorder” (ASD). This is because autism covers a wide range (or “spectrum”) of disabilities from severely disabled sufferers to people who have relatively mild symptoms. The latter sometimes referred to as having “high function” autism or asperges’s syndrome.
It is not understood what causes Autism; however research suggests a genetic component that affects the development of the child’s brain. There is no cure; it’s a lifelong condition that requires special education and structured support to develop the skills needed to achieve a person’s potential in life.