- Donard, Unit 1-4, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT8 8BH
- Contact Person
- Kyle Duncan
- Telephone Number
- 028 9040 1729 (option 1)
- Email Address
- Web Address
In Autism NI the Family Support team co-ordinate a number of different types of support groups. There are 20+ support groups based in local communities across Northern Ireland offering support to thousands of parents and carers and individuals with Autism. We rely heavily on our support group network, which continues to be the bedrock of our service steeped in the principles of community development where volunteer parents and carers provide advice and support to other parents.
By joining one of the support groups you will find you do not have to begin this journey on your own. You can access support pre or post diagnosis. Most groups meet monthly, parents get the chance to share worries or concerns along with experiences on what is available in your area to help your family and your child with Autism.
You will get ideas and strategies for helping your child lay foundations for their future. By meeting other parents on your journey you will realise the feeling and worries you are experiencing are perfectly normal and to be expected.
Overall, our Support Groups work to meet emerging needs and raise awareness with local communities, businesses and politicians across Northern Ireland. This core area of work underpins Autism NI’s long-standing commitment to maintaining relationships with parents, carers and professionals.
A vital and much in demand service is our Autism NI Helpline, this is often the first point of contact pre and post diagnosis. The challenge for many is finding out what relevant services there are locally, what resources have been useful to others, who the local professionals are and what they do and how to access further information or services. Individuals, parents and professionals use the service to seek information on a wide range of issues related to Autism. Providing practical and emotional support, a listening ear, enhancing networks and coping mechanisms, the Autism NI Helpline bridges families to appropriate services in their area.
Helpline open Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm) 028 9040 1729
- Available to Age Groups
- Category of Services
- Disability - Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD
- Areas covered