‘It’s so much easier to communicate with [our son], easier to find out what he wants, less tantrums. We are very happy to see that it’s possible for [our son] to make progress and learn. It gives us hope.’

Funding situation: Please be assured that we are doing all that we can to keep Tailor Ed open. 

By the end of March 2018 we will have to decide whether we have sufficient funding in place to continue to operate (although this will likely be at a reduced capacity). If we can’t raise the funds required and see a sustainable future helping families then we may be forced to close.

Tailor Ed Foundation has been supporting families in Edinburgh raising a child with autism with the day to day challenges of family life since 2009. Our wish is to see children with autism and their families empowered and included, able to live the lives they want to and access all the day to day experiences that other families take for granted.

Tailor Ed set up because we saw that there was a gap where families were struggling to support their child to gain the everyday skills that they needed for daily life, skills that people often take for granted – being able to put on your shoes and brush your teeth.  We know that for children with autism often those skills don’t come as easily and there are challenges there because of the unique way that they think and that they learn.  This also includes skills that often we don’t even notice are really skills – being able to wait when you need to wait in a queue, being able to take direction to keep yourself safe, being able to get the things that you want and need around you and accept that there are boundaries around some of those things some of the time.  Without these skills daily life can be difficult, stressful and isolating for children and their families.  Tailor Ed provides services to families to allow these essential skills to develop so family life can run more smoothly.

317 children have been referred to Tailor Ed since inception and through our work, hundreds of daily life skills have been successfully gained by children with autism; children who previously couldn’t use the toilet now can, children have a more practical and balanced diet, children can attend hospital appointments, families can go to the supermarket and catch a bus to the park.  Further skills have been gained in areas such as communication, accepting boundaries and transitioning.

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