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Autism Awareness Week 2016 Activities

Autism Awareness Week is a campaign to help make more people aware of Autism. In the hope that this new found knowledge about Autism can help make more people more understanding of people with Autism in the future.
This week at Milton Park the Star Centre and throughout our residential services hosted a range of activities with the people we support in order to help raise 
awareness for Autism. Some of the events included:

 -         Positives of Autism (group activity) - This was a group activity where lots of members of the Milton Park campus worked together to dis
cuss all the positives of having Autism. All the different opinions were posted on a bulletin board for everyone to see.
-         Painting Bags - A sensory activity where individuals used sight and touch to look at the vibrant bags of different coloured paints as well as feel the different textures.
-          Sensory Surprise – Staff had a number of items in a boxes as well as scented containers which individuals could not see the contents of. Individuals had to use touch and smell to figure out what certain items were without seeing them.-           Pictionary – In group’s lots of individuals from Milton Park played Pictionary with each other. It was great to see all the people taking part working as teams in order to find the correct answers.
-           Attending specially adapted Autism Friendly Screenings at Odeon cinema. The special 
performances have subtle changes to the cinema environment which mean that people who have sensory difficulties have a more positive experience than they would in a traditional cinema setting. Changes include:
• The lights being kept on at a low level• Lower than usual sound levels
• No trailers or advertisements - just the film
• Allowance for increased levels of movement and noise

The awareness raised about Autism this week by the people at Tracscare Brookdale is just fantastic. The activities were fun and interactive and it was great to see so many people we support having a great time.
Well done to the staff teams who hosted the activities and also a big well done to all the people we support for taking part in the activities and helping to raise even more awareness for Autism!