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Recreational Activities…Sharing time with a friend

    A Much Needed Respite

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Opening of Respite Care Centre

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Opening of Respite Care Centre.

dwight & Rene

Socialization – A time for play

Social difficulties are among the most troubling features of autism. Improved social skills lead to better use of language and comprehension.  In order to improve social skills several approaches are used.

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Gardening activities

  Therapeutic…Tending kitchen garden

 

Respite Care Centre

The Respite Care Centre is the home for the Autism Association of Barbados …The Autism Association of Barbados is a Registered Charity No. 612 with a Constitution in place.

 OUR VISION
The Autism Association of Barbados strives to create a community where persons with the Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families receive respect, services and support based on individual differences, need and preference.

OUR MISSION
The Autism Association of Barbados is dedicated to providing care, training and the promotion of opportunities which will enhance the lives of persons within the Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families.

The organization provides an opportunity for parents, caregivers and interested persons to meet regularly, share their unique experiences, and discuss solutions to the many challenges that autism presents.

Recreational Activities…Sharing time with a friend

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A Much Needed Respite

Opening of Respite Care Centre

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Opening of Respite Care Centre.

opening2

Socialization – A time for play

dwight & Rene

Social difficulties are among the most troubling features of autism. Improved social skills lead to better use of language and comprehension.  In order to improve social skills several approaches are used.

Gardening activities

gardenfriends2

 


Therapeutic…Tending kitchen garden

Opening Speech

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Opening Speech of Respite Care Centre

The Respite Centre was officially opened on Friday April 23rd, 2010 by the Honorable Christopher Sinckler and following is the speech given by President Lawton Walcott of the AAB.

Master of Ceremonies; Hon. Christopher Sinckler, M.P., Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development; other Honourable Ministers and M.P.’s; Rev. Canon Austin Carrington, Rev. Michael Maxwell, members of the affiliate organizations of the Barbados Council for the Disabled, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Greetings and Welcome!

Just over six years ago, a group of concerned persons gathered together and took a decision to form a “support group” for persons with autism. The idea and inspiration came from the Association’s Founder, and my wife, Mrs. Delphi Walcott who had recently visited Gorse Farm in West Midlands, Birmingham, England and seen the operations of a facility for persons with autism. Additionally, Delphi and I are the grandparents of Rene who is also autistic.

According to Professor Samms-Vaughan, the main clinical features of autism are:
Impaired social reaction
Impaired communication
Restrictive, repetitive and stereotyped behaviour

If we use the current statistics from the USA, that is one person to every one hundred and fifty, perhaps over 1,800 persons may be affected with autism in Barbados.
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