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August 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our August newsletter.  We’ve some staff changes to share with you alongside some ROARsome holiday progress. Events at the end as usual.

Snap below from our Family Day at the weekend.  It miraculously stayed dry and much fun was had all round.  Thanks to all those who came and made it such a great afternoon.  Special thanks to Cuckoos Bakery for the cakes!

Staff changes
We’re very sad to say that Aliki is moving on from Tailor Ed at the end of the month.  Aliki has worked in our Early Years Service for the last 3 years and during that time she’s been a ray of sunshine in our team and adored by the families she’s supported.  We’ll miss her relaxed and cheerful manner – and love of animal print clothing.  But every cloud has a silver lining and we’re delighted to introduce two new members to the team – Martha and Eva.  You can read a little about them both below and will see them at our upcoming events.

Martha and Eva above.
Read more about them here.
Pete and Aliki’s Kiltwalk Team

Pete and Aliki have formed a team for the Kiltwalk on the 15th of September and plan to take on the 24 mile challenge alongside Pete’s sisters Frances and Alison.  To join their team – or take part on a more sensible distance – get in touch.  You can also show your support by making a donation via the link below…


Money raised is topped up by 40% so it’s the best value giving opportunity you’ll find.  


This month we’re delighted to share with you the brilliant progress Eva has made and how this culminated this summer with a relaxed and fun family holiday.  Her mum Claire tells their story below…

Eva finds it incredibly difficult to stand still in one spot and wait.  Standing still and waiting are two skills that Eva finds difficult when asked to do them individually so putting these things together is even more difficult for her.  They’re skills that come up a lot in daily life outside the house – and even more so when thinking about the daunting prospect of a family holiday.  The idea of airport security made the very thought of going abroad very stressful.

But this year taking Eva through the airport was a lot easier and less stressful thanks to the strategies that we have been working on beforehand with Tailor Ed.  As well as finding ways to help Eva wait in one spot we had also been working on sequencing activities with a list to enable Eva to know what is coming next. This not only helped when going through the airport but was also incredibly helpful when going round the supermarket, another holiday essential when self-catering! 

As well as all the practice to generally help Eva find outings easier, just before we went on holiday Roo and Callum came out to see us and we ran through the entire trip from our house to our holiday destination, identifying points that Eva could potentially find difficult and what strategy could be used at those points. By doing this I felt totally ready for our trip and it felt a lot easier as I was mentally prepared for every eventuality. Overall this meant we had a relaxing and happy family holiday.

Everyone at Tailor Ed is delighted that Eva enjoyed a stress free family holiday.  The preparation and practice Claire and the family put in was amazing and a family selfie is a fantastic record of this very special achievement.


Dads’ nights 
For all dads raising a child with autism
The regular monthly dads’ quiz night is this Thursday (the 15th) at Newsroom (Leith Street) for their pub quiz. There is a table booked from 7.45pm. There’ll be the regular crowd and Callum will also be there to join in on the fun!

Next month, Pete & Callum are planning a pool night. The most popular date on the doodle poll was Wednesday the 18th of September. So keep that free and look out for further updates coming soon!

We join the Newsroom quiz on the third Thursday of the month but as we are organising pool in September, the next one will be on the 17th of October and then again on the 21st of November. Feel free to get in touch with Iain if you plan to head along (iain.mackenzie@gmail.com).

If you would like to ask us about our dads’ nights, feel free to get in touch with Pete (pete@tailoredfoundation.co.uk) or Callum (callum@tailoredfoundation.co.uk).

Mum’s nights 
For all mums raising a child with autism
Mum’s nights are informal relaxed gatherings providing a chance to meet with other mums who are raising a child with autism. Our next event is the 23rd of August at the Joker and the Thief on Elm Row from 7pm until 10pm (feel free to drop in anytime you like).  Aliki and Martha, one of our two new members of staff will be there too. First drinks and pizzas are on us!

For more information please free to contact Aliki on aliki@tailoredfoundation.co.uk or on 07935 782241.
If you would like to be added to our mum’s mailing list, where we set dates and plan what to do for events please contact Aliki on the details above.

Coffee morning (NEW LOCATION)
For all parents and carers raising a child with autism
This month’s coffee morning will focus on Parental Self Care.  It will take place on Wednesday the 21st of August at 10am to 12pm. Please join us to discuss every-day challenges but also ways you manage to cope with them. Information will be given on services and organisations that can support you. This will be Aliki’s last coffee morning which she’ll be co-facilitating with Martha.
 Also following some parent suggestions we’re trying a new location so it is accessible to more families.
 You’ll find us at Starbucks inside Cinewolrd at Fountainpark.  There’s free 4-hour car park and with bus services 1, 34, 35, 300 just outside and services 22, 30, 10 and 27 only 5 minutes away.

Coffee is on us!

For more information or suggestions please free to contact Aliki on aliki@tailoredfoundation.co.uk or call her on 07935 782241.

Autism Friendly Play Session
Open to all children with ASN
Our regular autism friendly play session at Time Twisters will run on Wednesday August 28th from 4pm-6pm. Time Twisters is at Unit 5, Catalyst Park, 2B Bankhead Drive, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ.

Sessions are closed to the general public but siblings and friends are welcome to attend. A member of Tailor Ed staff (usually Pete) will be present at these sessions and runs a few group games for those who wish to take part.
Please be assured that there is extra upstairs seating available where numbers will be limited to ensure it’s a quieter space for those who need it.

These sessions now cost £2 per child (adults enter for free). 

Early Years Family Day
For families referred to Tailor Ed Early Years Service in 2018 and 2019
We’re hosting a family day just for our younger families on Saturday the 7th of September.  This will take place at Broughton St Mary’s Church.12 Bellevue Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 6NE from 2.30pm until 4.30pm.

We’ll have a range of indoor and outdoor activities, games, crafts and snacks and can provide transport if this would be helpful.  

To book your place just get in touch or use the EventBrite link below

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