The Reason I Jump (Relaxed Version) – Showroom Workstation Cinema – Sheffield

On a number of dates during June the Showroom Cinema is screening ‘The Reason I Jump’  based on the bestselling book with the same title by Naoki Higashida. As well as being Autistic, Higashida is also non-verbal, and strengthens what Autistic adult activists are fighting for; making reasonable adjustments within the Autism community makes communication possible for those who would have previously been classed as “Low-Functioning”.

Producers have made a version of the film that would be more accessible to Autistic people (the standard cut can be quite intense with little warning of what’s coming), so the Showroom are screening both cuts of the film, with half of the screenings adapted to make a more relaxed environment.

They accept CEA cards and access cards.

Information on the screening can be found here: The Reason I Jump (Relaxed Version) – Showroom Workstation – Sheffield

Information about the venue accessibility can be found here: How to find us – Showroom Workstation – Sheffield

New resources for parents of autistic children and children with other neurological conditions

An important source of new information and help for parents and carers of children with autism and other neurological disorders is now available on the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust website. You can find it here:

The authors say:

We hope that the information on our website can help with strategies, and support you and your family with the difficulties that lots of young people with neurodevelopmental conditions experience. There are a number of pages filled with resources to manage difficulties around sleep, mood, anxiety, sensory issues and going back to school. Additional information and resources are also available on our DCD webpage (DCD is Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia).”

There is also a child autism Mythbuster, developed in conjunction with various partners including the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum:


Zoom Session with Helen Eaton on Social Anxiety and Emotional Regulation, Thursday 29th April

Sheffield Autistic Society has commissioned Autism Specialist Helen Eaton to provide a Zoom session for autistic people on Thursday 29th April:

Helen says:  “My training comes from an Autistic perspective. Understanding Autistic challenges and strengths is key to my work. Having trained thousands of people I have learnt from their stories and experiences. Autistic thinking is about thinking differently – it’s not wrong or faulty. Helping people understand Autism may enable changes that can make a real difference to someone’s life.”

If you are interested in having a place in this session, please email Liz Friend at:

You will receive Zoom meeting details by email. Helen is very happy to have questions sent to her before hand, so please can you email Helen directly or via Liz with anything you would like to be answered, relating to social anxiety and emotional regulation.

Online Workshops: Creativity, Well-being and Lived Autistic Experience

We are very pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to take part in a series of four online workshops, Creativity, Well-being and Lived Autistic Experience, starting later this month.

Please see the flyer below for full details of the workshops.

The workshop will be facilitated by Helen Purdie who many of you know from the group and has run a fantastic session for us before and therefore we are very pleased to be able offer this opportunity free of charge to anyone wishing to take part. Places are limited so you may want to register your interest as soon as you can

For more information please contact the Helen at

Neurodevelopment Transformation Programme – Invitation to a Workshop on Tuesday 23rd March

Neurodevelopment Transformation Programme

Invitation to a Workshop on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 from 10.30 -12.30
For parents/carers of a child or young person with autism or other neurodevelopment need (for example Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

(please note a Zoom link will be sent after registration)
Join us to hear about the Sheffield Neurodevelopment Programme and help shape what we are focussing on now and what we need to focus on in the next phase.

Do you have an interest in, or are you a parent/carer of a child or young person with autism or other neurodevelopment need (for example Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD))? If so, then local NHS organisations and Sheffield City Council, together with the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum, would like to invite you to their first workshop to discuss and contribute to the Sheffield Neurodevelopment Programme.

You will hear about how the programme started, the changes that have taken place so far, and have the opportunity to contribute to what we are looking at now, and what we need to do next.

In particular we are looking for your input into:
• How we can support front-line staff to identify and support vulnerabilities and other early signs of neurodevelopment needs.
• What support should be available for parents, families, and young people to help them manage neurodevelopment needs.
• Explore which services could be delivered closer to home, for example in schools.
• What improvements should take place in the way we do assessments.

If you are interested in joining us, please register using the following link. An invite will be sent out to you in due course with further information, together with a link to join the meeting. Places are limited, so please register as soon as possible:
We look forward to seeing you on the Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Physical Health Grants for Autistic Adults in Sheffield

For not for profit, voluntary/community groups and charities who support Sheffield based Autistic adults, small grants have been made available, through Voluntary Action Sheffield to promote physical health in autistic adults

You can download a description of the scheme Improving Physical Health Guidance Document and an application form Improving The Physical Health of Autistic Application to complete and to email to Melissa Simmonds at VAS. For more information please contact


Help with completing the census return – from Autism Plus

Suzanne Eusman of Autism Plus has forwarded the following:

Autism Plus Census Centre!

Autism Plus are from this week open as a census centre for the National census- we are able to book appointments and support people who might need additional support in completing the census across the Sheffield City Region. We will be taking phone appointments and supporting people to complete the census over the phone currently due to covid restrictions.

This is open to anyone not just those with autism but we are keen to ensure that can offer support to as many people as possible and their families to complete the census this year.

Our centre is taking appointments from now up to the 30th April which will be the final date for completing the census.Any questions at all please contact me.

Kind Regards

Suzanne Eusman FIEP | Head of Specialist Employment Services
Autism Plus Specialist Employment Support
T: 01143840284 | M: 07966571297
W: | E:
A: The Exchange Brewery, Bridge Street, Sheffield, S3 8NS

Identifying Early Signs of Worsening Health in LD

Identifying Early Signs of Worsening Health – Training for Family Carers of Persons with a Learning Disability

The NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Programme is inviting family carers to take part in a workshop. Attending the workshop will help you to be able to identify when the person you care for is becoming more unwell (deteriorating health) and how to tell a health professional about that. The workshop is free and only for carers of someone who is over the age of 16.

RESTORE2™ mini is an award winning tool specifically designed for carers to help you to identify soft signs that someone you care for may be unwell and what you should do next. This version of Restore2min™ has been specially adapted for people caring for those with a learning disability.

We are inviting family carers to take part in this important one off 90 minute training session which will help you to identify soft signs of deterioration and then seek the right help at the right time.

What you’ll learn

  • how to identify soft signs of deterioration
  • how to use a simple communication tool (SBARD) to communicate effectively with health care professionals so you can get the help you need at the right time

How long is the training?

The training takes about 90 minutes

When is the training?

We are offering the training every working day from Tuesday 23rd February to Friday 31st March 2021 at different times in the day. There are over 30 sessions for you to choose from. The link below will direct you to the NHS England and NHS Improvement events page where you will be able to select your preferred day and time. There are limited places for each training slot, so please register early to make sure you get the date and time you want.

Please click this link to register your place on the training.