In January 2012, a group of parents of children with autism, disillusioned with the lack of autism support and services, decided to set up a support group for families affected by autism in Dublin and the surrounding counties. The aim of our group is to organise events for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents and their siblings and to provide whatever support we can to both pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis parents.
The name Snowflakes was chosen for our group because children with autism are like snowflakes – they are beautiful, each one is uniquely different and they are liable to meltdown at any time!
To date, we provide services for over 350 families and the numbers continue to grow week on week. The list of services that we provide include weekly social clubs for ASD children; monthly family days out to places like Dublin Zoo, Newbridge Farm and Fort Lucan, to name but a few; monthly support group meetings for parents; practical workshops for parents to assist them in their child’s development; a mobile library; workshops for siblings of children with ASD; an annual summer activities camp; subsidised Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Play Therapy.
In our short existence, we have brought much needed hope and positivity into the lives of families affected by autism.