Monday 12th March 2018
“I had a wonderful afternoon visiting my first ever Literature Festival in the good old Yorkshire town of Huddersfield.” Dawn
The afternoon was supported by One17 Charitable Trust ( http://www.one17design.com/charity.html ) as part of their Events Around Autism strand where my dear friend and colleague Susan Dunne was the guest at an event in conversation with Heidi Dawson discussing Sue’s latest book ‘A Pony in the Bedroom’.
Susan and Heidi shared how they knew each other talking about their connection around horses and autism.
Reading excerpts from ‘A Pony in the Bedroom’ Susan shared her challenging journey, and how her connection with horses helped her begin the healing process and self-acceptance of dealing with a late diagnosis of Autism.
Susan captivated us with snippets of her life and those of us on the spectrum connected with her on many levels.
As Susan talked about her bonding with her first pony and how privileged she was to have met him had a few of us wiping away the tears. https://www.jkp.com/uk/a-pony-in-the-bedroom.html
It was indeed our privilege to have Susan share such intimate details of her journey to diagnosis and self-discovery. https://www.huddlitfest.org.uk/event/susan-dunne-in-conversation-with-heidi-dawson/
Heidi and Susan had the perfect rapport. Heidi herself also works with horses and Autism through her social enterprise ‘Glint’ where Heidi and her team provide Horse Assisted Development which involves their ground-based activities with the horses and ponies that are designed to help people identify and develop their own skills and strengths and to realise their potential. http://www.glint.org.uk/
Susan and I work together at Specialist Autism Services in Bradford where we help and support other adults with Autism. Specialist Autism Services has worked exclusively for and with adults (18+) on the autism spectrum and their families since 1999.
Specialist Autism Services are a non-profit organisation that works with the charity Sacar to provide autism specific services across the Yorkshire region.
They now provide a range of services including group social skills workshops (through an autism-specific learning programme), information and guidance, autism-specific counselling, employment support, autism awareness training and community outreach support.
Under the name Autism First they also provide bespoke support for adults with autism and additional needs.
Our organisation aims are to make a positive difference to the lives of its service users (members) and through person-centred support they create opportunities for people to work towards their personal goals, build confidence, develop social skills, increase independence and ultimately fulfil their potential.
http://www.specialistautismservices.org/ 01274 789789.
Congratulations to the Leeds textiles and social skills workshop for their hard work and creativity in order to produces an exciting sensory display for the Huddersfield Literature Festive 8-18 March. It was an opportunity to work with another workshop and also make community links to raise Autism Awareness.
Here’s some of our members feedback:
“I enjoyed drawing around members of the groups’ hands to make the fabric trees”
“I found cutting material into strips therapeutic”
“I had never made a cardboard puppet before”
“I brought in some Mr Men books so that the group could read them out. They are my favourite books as they are named after feelings and phrases, terms and expressions. “
“My favourite colour is green and I really liked painting lots of green leaves for the display. I also enjoyed drawing a vegatable man”
“I like the finish result with all our work together and spotting which is my contribution”