Parent Support Group meetings


Our evening support group meetings are for parents and carers of children, young people and adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, to meet to exchange experiences, skills and understanding. There is often social isolation of families and those affected by Autistic Spectrum Conditions. It is hoped these groups will help. At some meetings we invite guest speakers or have professionals present who can advise on aspects of autism.

Professionals who work with people with autism are also very welcome to attend.

Resource Library will be open at these meetings.

Meetings are held at Bishopstoke Evangelical Church, Stoke Park Road, SO50 6DA from 7:30pm to 9.30pm (usually on the third Monday of each month – see dates on the right).

Click here for a map of the church location.

We ask for a donation of £1 per person towards our running costs.

Dates of our next meetings: 
Monday 21 May – 7.30–9.30pm
We welcome as our guest, Rebecca Brown, an ELTA therapist (Emotional Literacy Through the Arts) who works at Shepherds Down School. Rebecca will talk about the work she does and explain how this can help. ELTA, a therapeutic approach using the arts, provides a mechanism by which children can express themselves more effectively. It is sometimes easier to communicate using techniques such as story telling and metaphor when facilitated using different art forms. 

Monday 18 June – 7.30–9.30pm
We welcome as our guest, Carolyn Elliott, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who works for the Communication and Language (CaL) team at Hampshire County Council and is also one of our volunteer leaders of our NAS Lego Club. Carolyn will be talking about the work of the CaL team, give advice about speech and language therapy and introduce you to Lego therapy.

Monday 16 July – 7.30–9.30pm 



Previous meetings links:

Monday 16 April 2018
This meeting included our Annual General Meeting and featured a talk from Sharon King, nationally-renown inspirational public speaker, writer, advocate and mother of three children on the autism spectrum. Sharon's new book, How to Best Help an Autism Mum, is available on Amazon.

Monday 18 September 2017
We welcomed Peter Hull and Karen Tillyer from Active Nation to our meeting. Click here to visit their website and activity programme.

Monday 17 July 2017
We welcomed as our guest, Alex Kelly, Managing Director of Alex Kelly Ltd. Alex gave a talk about communication - the presentation can be viewed here.

Monday 24 April 2017
We were pleased to welcome, as our guest, Mary Lilley, Service Manager for the Hampshire Specialist Parenting Support Service run by Barnardos. The Service (HSPSS) has been commissioned by the Children and Maternity Collaborative of the five Hampshire CCGs. Full details of the service can be found at

The meeting also included our annual general meeting. Our annual report can be viewed here.

Monday 20 February 2017
We were pleased to welcome, as our guest, Dr Emma Wells. Emma has actively been involved in developing P&G’s learning culture and encouraging diversity in the organisation, both of which are key for innovation and form an integral part of P&G’s ethos… “Everyone Valued. Everyone Included. Everyone Performing at their Peak”. Emma referred to a publication Square holes for square pegs - Current practice in employment and autism.

Monday 19 September 2016
We were pleased to welcome Amy Green, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who works for Alex Kelly Ltd. Amy mentioned the Talkabout series of books. More information about these can be found here.

Monday 18 April 2016
We were delighted to welcome, as our guest, Dr Beatriz López, Associate Head for Innovation, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth. Beatriz's talk can be downloaded here – Predictors of outcomes in adulthood for children with autism.



The South Hampshire Branch is a self-funded branch of the National Autistic Society and run entirely by volunteers.

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