Acorns Autism Community Support are independent specialist resource centres for people with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and learning disabilities.
Our mission is to create a learning environment that meets the needs of each person and empowers them to maximise their independence and communication.
Acorns Autism Community Support has a fully equipped flat where people can explore and experience aspects of independent living.
We have a multi-sensory room, which has been designed to provide sensory stimulation in a relaxing environment. The room has proven therapeutic benefits for people who experience sensory processing difficulties associated with autism.
Acorns Autism Community Support is in Seacroft, just four miles east of Leeds city centre.
Our enthusiastic staff team ensure that everyone enjoys a variety of stimulating sessions and social interaction. Activities include:
Arts and crafts – We run numerous creative projects, such as painting, sewing, building, which can improve mood and cognitive function as well as fine tuning motor skills, concentration and creativity.
Games and social skills – We encourage the people we support to interact with peers through fun activities. This is a great approach for building social interaction, sharing and cooperation.
Music – We run music workshops that build on hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills when partnered with other activities such as dancing.
Computer – We have a number of computers so that people can increase their motivation to complete tasks, promote visual attention and enhance their problem solving skills.
Quiet rooms – The purpose of our quiet rooms are to provide a safe place to help the people we support with self-calming and to aid self-regulation.
Gym – Our gym helps to improve general health and well-being. Exercise also releases endorphins which can make you feel good. It can also ease anxiety and depression and additionally, lift mood.
Other activities include, a multi-sensory room, drama workshop and independent living experences.