Services for Young People

CAAS offers a range of support services for ADHD / autistic young people, aged 11 to 25.

For all enquiries, or to book places on any of the below, please email enquiries or call 0208 429 1552.

We want to be as welcoming as possible, and will make accommodations to enable you to access our services. Please click on this document to see some of the reasonable adjustments we can make to support you, and do let us know by emailing or calling us if there is anything else we can do to make our services accessible for you.

Support

For:      ADHD/autistic residents of Harrow and Hillingdon, aged 11-25
When:   By appointment.
What:   Blended online and face-to-face sessions with one of our youth workers. This project aims to support neurodivergent young people at difficult times in their life. Support will be topic based, offered over around 6 sessions, and available via email, phone, text, or in person. Please note that we are currently operating a long waiting list for this service (min 6 months). 

For:     Members of CAAS.
When:  Access during drop-in sessions or by arrangement.
What:  Our well-stocked library has books on all aspects of ADHD, autism and other related conditions. Our books are updated on a regular basis. We also stock books that support parenting as well as literature on siblings and family dynamics. Books are also available to help children or adults with a diagnosis of ADHD or autism to understand their condition.
Cost:    £5 fee to be retained if books are not returned within six months. Two books may be borrowed at any one time.

Social Groups

To enquire about joining any of our groups, please fill in this form.

For:     ADHD/autistic residents of Harrow and Hillingdon, ages 14-18 and 18-25.
When:  Monthly on a Friday evening.
What:  Our two film groups provide the opportunity to combine socialising and meeting new people of a similar age in a safe and supportive environment, whist enjoying a takeaway. Films are suggested by the young people and chosen to facilitate discussion afterwards.  The group also goes on several outings each year to the cinema where CAAS provide the tickets and the YP contributes towards their food.
Cost: £5 for takeaway / £20 for outings. Places must be booked in advance.

For:     Female ADHD/autistic residents of Harrow and Hillingdon, aged 11-16.
When:  2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00pm.
What:  The Girls Group is a creative and nurturing space for young women. The group will aim to help the girls understand their diagnosis and learn strategies to help them manage. The format will be a mix of both discussion groups, where a topic is picked each month, and creative activities, so there will be an opportunity to learn new skills, and to be in a social environment that feels more natural and safer. Places must be booked in advance.

For:     For: ADHD/autistic residents of Harrow and Hillingdon, in school years 7-11.
When:  First Tuesday of the month, 4:30 – 6:00 pm.
What:  Through games, quizzes, arts/crafts and discussion, this group gives ADHD/autistic young people the opportunity to develop friendships and connections with other people as well as increase their understanding of what being neurodivergent means to them. Places must be booked in advance.  

For:     ADHD/autistic residents of Harrow, aged 17-24.
When:  1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00pm.
What:  Through games, quizzes, arts/crafts and discussion, this group gives ADHD/autistic young adults the opportunity to develop friendships and connections with other people as well as increase their understanding of what being neurodivergent means to them. Places must be booked in advance.

For:     Autistic residents of North-West London, ages 14-19.
When:  Variable dates; contact for information.
What:   A monthly online forum for young autistic people to explore what it means to become an adult. During the teen years there’s a lot of talk about ‘growing up’ and ‘being an adult’ without really discussing what that means. These monthly sessions will provide a safe place to explore and ask those important questions, work through any worries about ‘growing up’ and think about what ‘being an adult’ means. Sign up here.

For:     ADHD/autistic residents of North-West London, secondary school (or equivalent) students aged 11-19
When:  Mondays, starting from 15th April 2024
What:   Our NWL Online Youth Group has been created for young ADHD and/or autistic people, including those on a pathway to receiving a diagnosis. The group will give young people a chance to discuss current events, explore their identity, learn about neurodiversity, and positively connect with one another.

For:   ADHD/autistic residents of Harrow and Hillingdon, ages 8-12.
What:  This monthly group will feature creative activities such as music or art. The groups will enable those who face isolation a place to meet like-minded peers in a place that feels safe, secure and accepting of difference. You may be asked to create something in advance to discuss and share during the session.

For:     Siblings of ADHD/Autistic young people, ages 8-12; residents of Harrow and Hillingdon.
When:  Weekly on a Wednesday.
What:   Our two siblings’ courses are designed to support siblings of ADHD/Autistic children or young people. The group will give siblings an opportunity to gain understanding of the conditions so that they can better understand their sibling, fostering better relationships. The group will involve a mix of talking and activities.

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For:     Internal CAAS referrals only
What:   Drama therapy is offered to children who may be struggling with their emotions, with anxiety, or with social interaction and offers them a safe space to explore those feelings. Our therapists are fully qualified and HCPC Registered. Families must be engaging with services at the centre before a referral will be made.
Cost:    £5 per session

Courses

To enquire about joining any of our courses, please fill in this form.

For:      ADHD/autistic residents of North-West London, ages 12-15.
When:  Variable dates; contact for information.
What:   WhyTry is a lively 10-week CBT based course designed to support young people in all areas of their lives. The course explores issues such as: peer pressure, decisions and consequences, making the right choices, and building self-esteem and worth. The programme is taught in a way that is accessible to most learning styles and is very interactive, making it popular with young people with ADHD.

For:     ADHD/autistic residents of North-West London, ages 12-25.
When:  Variable dates; contact for information.
What:   Thriving is a 6-week programme designed to help young people explore their differences and to learn to see the positives in having ADHD or in being autistic. 

Previously known as CALMS.

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