I honestly don’t know what I would do without this club. For me the support from the other parents and professionals have been invaluable. This is a place where my son can play and interact with likeminded friends. We both love going on a Monday night.
I attend with my 15 year old grandson, for me the most important thing is the support I gain from other parents, they are so supportive and have experienced similar difficulties to us. We as parents understand the needs of our children and with the advice and support I have been able to help my grandson prepare for the future. The transition to adulthood for any children is challenging but even more so for a child with ASD who struggles to understand the world around him.
I have been attending Dyversity for 2 years now with my 3 children. We all love attending, for my 5 year old daughter, she gains confidence, it really has brought on her social and communication skills. It is the only club that she will go and talk to others and join in activities. For my 7 year old son, this is a club where he can be himself and not experience negative comments or punishment for behaviours he cannot control. For me as a mum, I can talk to other parents, get advice and relax knowing my children as having fun either playing with others, cooking, doing an art activity or using up excess energy on the trampoline.
For me this is a club that offers support for both parents and staff who really understand autism and other related difficulties, my son can be himself, when he is in school he has to keep behaviours bottled up but here in club he can be himself, if he wants to flap or pace or run that is ok. He really loves going to Monday nights.
For my daughter, she can be in an environment where she isn’t judged or criticised and can relax and enjoy herself. For me as a parent I can gain advice and support for others who are in the same situation as myself.
Dyversity has helped not only my children but myself as well, talking to their mums and carers of children with additional needs is therapy in itself as you don’t have to explain yourself or child. For our children Dyversity provides a safe and happy environment for them to be themselves. As siblings are able to attend also it gives them a chance to speak to other children who understand. We are a community and I love Monday nights with the ladies.