REACH North West is a voluntary community group that supports autistic children and their families. We create individualised support packages to meet the whole families needs.
We help children to REACH their true potential by providing services that assist children to overcome communication difficulties and barriers to learning using a multi-disciplinary approach.
In addition we also provide practical advice, information, training and build partnerships with families, school and other professionals
Hi I’m Ferne and I have Autism. My Mummy knew I had special differences from the age of 3.
I was diagnosed at the age of 6 after 3 years of assessment. I don’t like having Autism and feel like people will make fun of me so I don’t tell anyone.
I go to a mainstream school but hate going. I don’t like to do any work and I miss my mummy when I’m there. I get very anxious about going to school and leaving the house. I only like to go to places that I know or that I choose to go to.
I have meltdowns at school and will cry a lot in front of the class. Usually this is because I have made a mistake on my work or find a task to difficult so get overwhelmed. I have friends at school but only like to play on my terms.
Luckily I have friends who like the same things that I do. I have an amazing memory and imagination. I say that I can actually see my imagination in front of me.
I love to learn about nature and history and can tell most adults facts about animals that they probably don’t even know about. I struggle with eye contact and will only talk about things I want to talk about even if the people I am talking to has no knowledge of the subject. I love my pets and find huge comfort in caring for them and when I grow up I want to work in a dog rescue centre or be an RSPCA Inspector.
I’m very over empathetic and can be upset about little things for a prolonged period of time. I have a 6 year old brother who also has ASD. I don’t like him very much as he screams and breaks my toys. But Daniel loves me and just wants to be with me and play in my room.
Thanks for reading my story.
REACH North West provide a range of services, for families of autistic children or other learning difficulties. Our services include training sessions, support services and our 'In-home outreach' services.Services
Our courses are designed for both parents and children using a bespoke multi disciplinary approach. These courses have a huge impact on a child's ability to overcome many barriers and communicate effectively.Courses
REACH North West hire venues and provide access to environments they otherwise may not be able to access such as bowling, lunch clubs and Santa visits. These activities allow children to socialise with peers in a safe and often differentiated environment.Social Activities
REACH North West provide parent and carers with activities that aim to bring parent and carers together and form a network of support with those that understand. The activities include lunch clubs, get togethers and workshops.Parents/Carers