Asperger London Area Group 

    ALAG runs a monthly support group for adults on the autistic spectrum living in the Greater London area although those from elsewhere are welcome. It is a chance to meet others to talk about common issues and to support and help each other. The first half-hour of the meeting is spent socialising and having refreshments. This is followed by the whole group sitting down together to discuss an agreed topic or to hear from different speakers who offer advice and guidance on issues relating to autism. These topics are planned in advance and any member can suggest a future topic. Some of the topics are listed below.

    The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month in Islington from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Booking in advance for new attendees is essential. There is a small entrance fee of £3 (members) or £4 (non-members) to cover the cost of refreshments, including a vegetarian option.
    To find out more about ALAG or book a place to attend any of the meetings email: info@alag.org.uk.

     

     


    ALAG Meeting

     

    Tuesday 7th November 2017

    Topic: Why Worry...

    Speaker: Dr Debbie Spain

    We all worry about the future and dwell on negative things from the past from time to time. But when this type of thinking becomes repetitive and uncontrolled it can cause great distress, low mood and contribute to mental ill health. Dr Debbie Spain and Dr Dee Khaira of King’s College London are conducting a research study called Why Worry. The research is investigating some of the reasons why people on the autism spectrum might develop anxiety or worries about social situations and aims to better understand the particular factors that make these worries better or worse.

    To register your place at this meeting please email info@alag.org.uk


    Tuesday 3rd October 2017

    Topic: Autism and Art Therapy 

    Art therapy is a treatment that uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps to develop interpersonal skills, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem and self-awareness.
    For people on the autism spectrum, art can be a way to open doors to expression and an ability to think visually "in pictures." Some turn that ability to good use in processing memories, recording images and visual information, and expressing ideas through drawing or other artistic media.

    Art therapist, Jaspal Kaur, will be coming to talk about her work as an artist and an art therapist. We will also be joined by artist Patrick Samuel who is autistic.

    Both of them will be exhibiting their remarkable artwork as part of the meeting.

    If you would like to register a place at this ALAG event,
    please email: info@alag.org.uk



    Other Events 

    PARKLAND WALK - Sunday 22nd October, 2pm           
     
    We are pleased to invite ALAG members and friends to the Parkland Walk taking place this Sunday 22nd October. We will be meeting at Highgate Station (Northern Line) concourse at 1.45 for a 2pm start. The walk is approximately 4km and finishes at Finsbury Park where refreshments are available at the park café which is roughly five minutes from the station.

    We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

     

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    Pub Evenings

    The next pub evening will take place on Wedenesday 25th October, 7.00pm at the White Swan, Upper Street, Islington two minutes walk from Highbury and Islington station (Victoria, Great Northern & London Overground Lines).   If there are more than five attendees, the plan is to have these on a regular basis so please make the effort and come.  It is intended to be an informal evening where members will have a chance to get to know eachother more.

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    Calendar of Autism Events

    David Mery has very kindly created an integrated calendar of UK autism related events that may be of interest and relevance to our members. These events can be found on the following web page http://gizmonaut.net/autevents/.

    We would like to thank David for his resourcefulness in coming up with this calendar of events and we hope you find it as useful as we have. David is happy to receive feedback and suggestions.