Autism Hub drop-in, time for…reflections.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 12 September 2022

There was much to announce at this week’s drop-in. Besides national developments, there were personal announcements too. The group also discussed the benefits of exercise to improve mental well being – always a regular theme. Much of the remainder of the session was devoted to diagnosis and NHS recognition of private diagnoses.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 05 September 2022

Today’s drop-in welcomed a newcomer. Their arrival to the group triggered a discussion around income generation and the interaction with means tested benefits. After this, the group talked about sensory issues.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 22 August 2022

Today was another regular hybrid session. This allowed for different dynamics for audience user engagement and discussions. As well as regular advice on energy price changes, the session also covered the autism diagnosis process and exercise.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 15 August 2022

A range of topics were covered today. The group first covered pastimes and puzzles  – intended to provide a distraction and break from troublesome thinking. Then it was onto communications, miscommunications and understanding. The range and merits of different communications were evaluated – including social media, voice calls and face to face conversations. Finally, there was advice and preparation ahead of changing autumn household energy prices.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 8 August 2022

The Camley Street Natural Park was the outdoor setting for today’s drop-in session. We discussed preparation for the changing domestic energy bills with practical tips. Some members provided welcome contributions of their own planning – including heating provision and understanding the tariffs. After this practical advice, group discussions moved to local communities and their interactions with one another.

The regular Monday morning Autism Hub drop-ins offer both interactive and structure discussions. Users of this service discuss their well being, personal goals and experiences in their lives. Read on to see what the drop-in sessions are achieving.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 1 August 2022

Participants reflected in recent football success – and the implication for gender pay rates and future professional tournaments. There was a discussion on urban transport, sensory overload and signage for passengers.  The other half of the session explored autism and communications – especially on the workplace- where meaning and misunderstanding can happen.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 25 July 2022

This week’s drop-in was a hybrid with one facilitator online and the other in the face to face meeting. Creating a dynamic and interactive session, we discussed dreams among others. This was particular interesting – exploring different participants’ responses, the idea around lucid dreaming and sleep patterns.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 18 July 2022

Today’s drop-in took place in the midst of the heatwave, with daytime temperatures exceeding 37c. The group discussed strategies for dealing with the heat – including hydration, cooling techniques and household management. This inspired longing for those coastal visits with the cooling treats of the sea.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 11 July 2022

This week’s event took place outdoors – near King’s Cross station. The group benefits from a quiet area with shade from the sunshine and easy access. Taking advantage of the outdoor meeting, there were discussions about travel. Games and snacks were provided – with plenty of chat between different group members – offering a different dynamic from the video sessions.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 04 July 2022

Trip planning including live bus journeys was the opening feature of today’s drop-in. The group considered activities to make the most of the summer weather and longer lighter evenings.

Coping strategies on autistic burnout were discussed again – as they were the previous week. Self awareness and planning time for activities were offered as solutions. With special interests, there was an observation on knowing one’s limits and self discipline. Solutions were viewed as part of a work in progress with time allocated to activities which bring joy.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 27 June 2022

This week’s drop-in welcomed newcomers and the return of regular attendees. A discussion of summer time tourist attractions soon developed. Then on to the autistic traits, with stimming and repetitive activity were discussed – noting both good and bad traits. There was advice on solutions – especially on autistic burn out.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 20 June 2022

The group discussed autism shows – past, present and future. The costs, exhibitors and audience participation at the events were assessed. With the sunnier days here, wellbeing was also discussed – looking at days out which provide rewarding activities.

Throughout the two hours session, one participant provided a welcome and interactive live video tour of the new Elizabeth line.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 14 June 2022

This was the first hybrid meeting with participation in either by video or in person. The new innovate drop-in allowed for a new dynamic for conversation and individual chat. The group reflect a recent event covering autism and therapy. As well as the most controversial types of therapy, there were positive experiences on speech and language therapy.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 6 June 2022

After the recent long special bank holiday weekend, drop-in discussions reflect on recent activities. The new Elizabeth line was mentioned for its accessibility, convenience and spacious travel. The group discussed the autism friendly nature of this new service – within the context of wider London travel.

Autism often means adherence to routines. The group discussed how to prepare for changes especially in the light of more contemporary flexible working patterns.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 30 May 2022

Road trip and travel featured in today’s discussions. The purchase of new car brings much excitement while the pleasures of travel also featured. The fun of moment on a travel adventure reminded the participants of markers and indicators of personal experiences.

Next were discussions on autism spectrum symptoms and their impact on daily life. These included motor skills, language and executive function.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 16 May 2022

Today, the group considered social interaction and socially engaging live broadcasts  – such music or sporting events. As well as looking forward to summer events, discussion also turned to setting personal boundaries. An activity based discussion assessed information to share with different people – friends, family or a doctor among others. This was part of a broader conversation around setting boundaries when disclosing either too much or too too little information.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 30 May 2022

Road trip and travel featured in today’s discussions. The purchase of new car brings much excitement while the pleasures of travel also featured. The fun of moment on a travel adventure reminded the participants of markers and indicators of personal experiences.

Next were discussions on autism spectrum symptoms and their impact on daily life. These included motor skills, language and executive function.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 9 May 2022

The group reflected on the previous week’s event – and the possible reasons for the differences in diagnosis rates between the genders. With warmer weather and sunnier days, discussion switched to therapeutic outdoor activities including cycling, walking and a summer picnic.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 25 April 2022

Participants reflected on recent Easter activities following the recent holiday break. Walking, watching television and travel out of London were discussed. Stressful and difficult to control situations such as house moves and busy transport were assessed – and how to acknowledge their impact. After that, the group discussed visiting tourist attractions to promote well being.

Finally there was a guest quiz as well as a testimony from one participant on the importance and routine of attending the autism hub drop-in service.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 11 April 2022

Following recent events, today’s group focussed on autism acceptance – reflecting on the week  gone and the one ahead. There were discussions on personal experiences after diagnosis as well as setting practical short term goals. Among these, were recommended technology apps plus a smart goals template – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 4 April 2022

Ahead of an event on autism and acceptance, the group discussed interpretations of this – self awareness, self management and self acceptance. Several participants express their own self improved acceptance after join the regular drop-in meetings. At the end, one of the group read relevant poetry by Edgar Allen Poe.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 28 March 2022
It’s autism awareness week yet it was another topic which triggered more discussions. Internal monologue is being research by one of the drop-in participants – assessing prevalence and extent. Other contributions talked about use for their internal monologue, the uses and annoyances.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 21 March 2022
This morning’s session covered anxiety triggers and check list of managing these difficulties. Well being is important with sleep, exercise and a manageable to-do list being helping to reduce anxiety levels. Personal goals were also discussed with the means and timelines needed to fulfil these objectives.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 14 March 2022

Managing anxiety and receiving unsettling family news were both covered today. Participants discussing how they deal with these two. The session ended with a fun quiz, combing team work and guess work.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 7 March 2022

Today, participants talked about special interests – and what had been learned during research. After that, the group discussed examples, experiences and management of anxiety attacks.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 28 February 2022

Participants in today’s Autism Hub drop-in looked forward to celebrating pancake day, with a variety of recipes. In readiness for an event on autism and anxiety, the group discussed anxiety management and personal activites – with the use of an illustrative anxiety wheel.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 21 February 2022

Well being was the central point in today’s discussion. A digital white board allowed participants to provide examples of their own well being management technqiues – exercise, meditation and self awareness being recurring themes.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 14 February 2022

Seasonal flowers and transport preferences were among today’s drop in discussion points. One participant talked the group through the flowers they seen in February. The group also assessed their differing reasons for modes of public transportation.  A feature on autism and dating covered the use of social media and disclosure. As it was Valentine’s Day, there was a special quiz on the history of London’s red buses.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 7 February 2022

Today’s event focus on friendship – reflecting on the points raised in the recent and related webinar. As we’re noticing the lighter mornings  and evenings, there a quiz on time, sunrises and sunsets.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 31 January 2022

This was a busy session with the hosts and seven other people. There was advice on dealing with anxiety when visiting the dentist and the choices available when taking these services. The drop in discussed friendships – including interaction, new friends, pandemic, misunderstandings. At the end, there was enthusiastic London Underground Tube quiz.

Autism Hub drop-in, Monday 24 January 2022

Today’s drop in session opened with a discussion on the seasonal changes – observing the longer lighter days. From this, there was an appreciation of changing nature with the new plants which bloom in the coming months. Something for everyone to look forward too.

This week’s autism specific topic was core values. Drop-in contributors mentioned many and these included taking responsibility, a sense of right and wrong, dependability, helpfulness. These core values were linked to goal setting for 2022.

There was an educational tour of the UK – with geographic and administrative features as well as an overview of some of many islands around the British Isles. The British Crown Dependencies were specifically detailed with a special mention of the tiny island of Sark – with its special motor rules.

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