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Autism group up for national award

A local autism support group run by volunteers is a finalist in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professional Awards. Parents Talking Asperger’s, based in Middleton Cheney, is shortlisted in the Most Innovative Family Support category. Founder and principal Karen Irvani set up Parents Talking Asperger’s (PTA) in 2012… Banbury Guardian 25th January 2017


Autism support group opens up to help younger members

A support group for parents of children with autism has launched a new service for younger children. Parents Talking Asperger’s (PTA) has launched PTA Junior, a service to meet increasing demand for support for younger children between Foundation and Year Five. PTA was founded by Karen Irvani, the mother of a then 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome in April 2012, and the group now supports a community of over 1,000 families. PTA Junior will be holding its first fun night on… Banbury Guardian 3rd September 2016


Great turnout for Asperger’s event
The fourth – and biggest – speaker event of support group Parents Talking Asperger’s was held at Swalcliffe Park School near Banbury last Thursday and welcomed 140 delegates comprising parents and professionals spanning education, youth work, healthcare and business.

The group’s founder and principal, Karen Irvani, opened the event by welcoming everyone… Banbury Guardian 23rd March 2014

"Thank you to everyone for making us feel so welcome last night; the boys had a fab time and can't wait to come again never seen them mix so well before with other people look forward to the next one." Amanda and Steve


“The value of the Parents Talking Asperger’s lies in the comfort it provides.  It’s very unusual for ‘Aspies’ to be able to enter a group setting and feel comfortable, yet this is what is happening in my family. The friendliness of the group is so precious, and I feel sure that should I get into any of the pickles that seem to inevitably follow my family around, I would have support in addressing them.” Liz


“The other value of the group is the information that it provides information on local services. How children have fared in various secondary schools is so useful for my nine year old son. This in itself may have prevented years of trauma.” Nick


“Since coming to PTA I feel I understand more about the condition through speaking with other parents. But most of all I no longer feel like I’m a ‘bad parent’, trying to cope alone.  Watching the children at play is wonderful as all the children are on the same wavelength; they can just be themselves without peers judging them or laughing at their funny little ways. Ryan lights up when he is at the fun evenings and is buzzing when we leave. It is so nice to see him really enjoy himself and to see the huge smiles on his face.” Nicky