Newsletter

Check out all the latest news and what’s happened at AWC in our latest newsletter


New Support Group

AWC is starting a new parent support group in the Northern Suburbs.

The first meeting will be held on Saturday 25th April from 09:30 at Belhar Library.

Please contact Melinda for more information – 021 685 9581 / outreach@awc.org.za


Statement of warning about Chlorine Dioxide/Miracle Mineral Solution (CD/MMS) as a treatment for autism

Over the last 12 months, Autism South Africa, Autism Western Cape, other non-profit organisations for autism and various healthcare professionals in South Africa have received enquiries from families about the potential benefits of Chlorine Dioxide/Miracle Mineral Solution (‘CD/MMS’) as a treatment or ‘cure’ for autism.

 

Autism Western Cape supports the position of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA which has issued formal warnings about the dangers of this proposed treatment.

 

We support the FDA position that there is no scientific evidence of benefit from this treatment and that there is clear evidence of harm, including very serious harm, or even death associated with CD/MMS.

 

The FDA issued statements against CD/MMS as early as 2010 and made a further statement in April 2014 (‘Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism’).

 

The 2014 FDA statement can be found at:

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm394757.htm

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us at AWC if you have any questions or require further information.


What’s Happening at AWC

During the month of February this is what is happening at AWC:

Date Event Time Where
4th Noluthando Support Group 11:00 – 12:30 Noluthando School for the deaf
7th Kraaifontein Support Group 11:30 – 13:30 32 Grant Street, Kraaifontein
14th Gugulethu Support Group 14:00 – 16:00 1217 Moeletsane, New Crossroads
14th Malmesbury Support Group 14:00 – 16:00 Malmesbury Prison
18th Noluthando Support Group 11:00 – 12:30 Noluthando School for the deaf
19th Parklands Support Group 18:30 – 20:30 Contact AWC
21st Ocean View Support Group 14:00 – 16:00 Methodist Church, 1 Zodiac Road
21st Diagnosed, What Now? – Introduction to ASD 14:00 – 17:00 Vista Nova School, Rondebosch

Please contact the following team members for more information

Pink – Antoinette – support@awc.org.za   

Blue – Keri – education@awc.org.za

Green – Babs – socialworker@awc.org.za


Can you help??

We are launching a new training programme that is not only new to us but also new to South Africa. The EarlyBird Programme is for parents whose child has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is of pre-school age (not yet of statutory school age). The programme aims to support parents in the period between diagnosis and school placement, empowering and helping them facilitate their child’s social communication and appropriate behaviour in their natural environment.

It also helps parents to establish good practice in handling their child at an early age, so as to pre-empt the development of inappropriate behaviours. The programme runs with six families at a time. Two places are allocated to each family. The programme lasts for three months and combines group training sessions with individual home visits, when video feedback is used to help parents apply what they’ve learnt. Parents have a weekly commitment of a two-and-a-half hour training session or home visit, and to ongoing work with their child at home.

We need an ipad (or 2) in order to film the parents and give them immediate feedback. Second hand equipment also welcome… Can you help us?

Please email Michelle – admin@awc.org.za


2015 Dates

We are back with a bang!

  • The first meeting of our support groups of the year are below.
  • We are also starting a new support group in the Southern Suburbs – 24th January, 10am at our Resource Centre, Mowbray.
  • The Diagnosed, What Now? workshops are happening throughout the year – 1st one 21st February at Vista Nova School, Rondebosch.
  • We have our Fun Walk happening on March 28th at Mouille Point.

    Watch this space for more information or contact us 021 685 9581 / admin@awc.org.za

    Support Group Dates:
    – Noluthando – 28th January – 11am
    – Gugulethu – 14th February – 2pm
    – Kraaifontein – 14th February – 10am
    – Malmesbury – 14th February – 2pm
    – Parklands – 19th February – 6:30pm
    – Ocean View – 21st February – 2pm
    – Teen Asperger Social Group – 31st January – 1pm

    Here is to a GREAT 2015


Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the updated and overhauled AWC Website!

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