WORKSHOPS exploring different aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a positive light are proving so popular in Corsham that the organisers have been booked on to deliver another four dates between now and July.
The workshops, which all have a different focus, are written by Alis Rowe, known as the girl with the curly hair and founder of the Curly Hair Project, and delivered by Helen Eaton, an experienced and local trainer, who shared her experience of autism with attendees.
More than 30 people attended the first workshop exploring ASD and Anxiety in February and the one earlier today at Springfield Community Campus was completely sold out.
"The girl with the curly hair is really well known in the world of autism," Mrs Eaton said. "We have just launched her workshops in this area but the demand has been so high that we have been booked up until July.
"I would love every session to be full. We are really excited about what we do and all our sessions are really upbeat. Autism is often a very misunderstood condition and Alis Rowe’s work aims to describe autism as it is lived, not what it means clinically.
"It is not a support session and not a discussion group. It is just two and a half hours on what it is like to live with autism, how it feels to be autistic and the triggers that can cause difficulties such as meltdowns and anxiety. We also talk about support strategies for the person themselves and also their carers.
"Springfield Community Centre is brilliant and the perfect location for this because people are meeting up with one another and talking during the breaks or after and I am seeing the same people at three or four different workshops. It is creating a support network."
The CHP workshops, which run from 10am on May 6, May 10, June 9 and July 5, are open to anyone including friends, family, professionals and those with or without ASD diagnosis who would like to know more.
For more information about the workshops or to buy tickets, which cost £15.10 per person, visit www.thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/events or www.eventbrite.co.uk.