CASPA is a unique, rapidly growing and award winning charity that was set up in 2002, providing support to autistic children and young people, and also to their families.
We run social clubs, specialist trampolining and technology projects, holiday programmes, and residential trips that all focus on enabling our young people to access what they are entitled to - fun, friendship and an independent future. Our families can access advice, information and support, as well as be able to form valuable friendships with each other.
We are based in the London Borough of Bromley and currently work with around 300 children and young people every week in various venues across the borough.
We are passionate about providing inspirational activities and opportunities for children and young people with autism to develop their social, communication and independent living skills, gain confidence and increase their chances of full integration into society.
We use sport, drama, visual arts, cooking, music, and a whole range of other activities to bring the children and young people together, to break down barriers, build confidence, promote self-esteem, increase their communication skills and enable them to relax and have fun.
CASPA provides an environment that promotes autism positively, thereby empowering autistic children and young people to be proud of who they are. At CASPA, our members find friends, often something they have never done before.
Why we do what we do
Autistic children and young people have a ‘hidden’ disability in that they may look like any other child of their age, but the defining features of autism include a lack of social awareness, communication skills and social imagination. These impairments are life long and pervasive, they cannot be ‘cured’, but with appropriate intervention and sensitive support these skills can be taught and developed.
Many autistic children and young people suffer from bullying and isolation; many cannot cope with the social demands placed upon them in school or ‘mainstream’ social circles. These things can lead to the children and young people experiencing sadness, anger, depression, confusion and frustration, which in turn can lead to challenging behaviour, self-harm and/or reclusiveness (we hear many parents say that their child "refuses to come out of their room").