Who are we?
I created the AIW (Autism, Inclusion & Wellbeing) Consultancy because three of my children were experiencing a world I had no idea about. A world that was new to me. They were bright, funny and lovely young children. Sometimes their behaviours pushed me to a place of despair and fear.
I struggled to find information, support, diagnosis even. It seemed like there wasn’t the information available or in a format that I could understand.
I needed to help them, to make their dark times more comfortable.
To enable me to understand why they behaved in a way that they did. I felt I was failing as a parent, was I the reason my children were so unhappy, did I not love them enough, what was I doing wrong?
Fast forward seven years.
My eldest son passed all his GCSEs despite us being told not to have high academic expectations. He is now studying level 3 aeronautical engineering.
My youngest son, who has autism and ADHD, is in a mainstream secondary school. He does not need the adult support that he required in primary school.
My daughter is now a confident teenage girl with a talent for drama. She has taken the lead role in many school productions. She is now an ambassador for SEN rights in her mainstream school. You can see her passion in the video at the top of the page.
I realised that the skills, methods and techniques that I accumulated over the years, could be helpful to parents and children that are struggling daily.
I use my wellbeing training to give all children, regardless of need, the tools they need to cope in this stressful, exam pressured world.
This led to the creation of AIW Consultancy in October 2017.
Almost a year to the day, we gained the status of CIC (Community Interest Company), Social Enterprise.
The commissioner agreed that everything we did as a business, was for the benefit of the local community.
What do we do?
Our Crowdfund campaign is to help and support more and more children who are on the autism spectrum as well as those children with anxieties.
Providing valuable training to their parents and school staff.
With all the cuts to the children’s mental health services, it is vital that we raise funds, to be able to continue to support children with positive wellbeing.
Our Confident Kids and Confident Kids Yoga classes, help children learn to manage their big emotions. Help them to develop self-esteem and grow in confidence. We also help them to develop a can-do attitude, establishing a lifelong toolbox.
Chilled Teen offers support to teenagers, helping them to manage stress, anxieties and pressures of living in a digital world.
All these skills are vital for our children and young people to grow into well-adjusted positive members of our society.
What do we need?
We need a Sensory Room. There is currently, not a Sensory Room in Milton Keynes that is available to children and parents, during weekends or school holidays.
For families like mine, it is not always an option to access a soft play area during the school holidays.
Due to them being so busy and loud.
The wonderful thing about a Sensory Room, is its calming effect for all children, with or without disabilities.
The Sensory Room can help children learn to be mindful, taking note of the environment around them. An inclusive safe space for every child.
We know that a Sensory Room is needed. This is not a cost that we can incur and still be able to offer free use of the sensory room at various times, which is what we want to do. You can read our benefits of a Sensory Room blog here: #sensoryroommk
How can you help?
We would like to ask for your support to help towards the cost of the building and running of a Sensory Room to be proud of. We need to raise at least £6,500 to supply and build the Sensory Room, any extra funding we raise will go towards the running costs of the unit or outreach programs into the local community.
Please donate what you can and give the gift of calm and relaxation to the children of Milton Keynes.
Every penny raised, will go towards the community, having a positive impact on those children who are struggling right now.
Together we can prevent as many children and their families from hitting crisis point.
We want you to be part of our heritage, our future, our tribe #sensoryroommk
Thank you so much, Cheryl and Sarah.