The Autism Intervention Trust is run by parents and supports children with autism and their families in the Wellington region.

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Autism Intervention Trust Coffee – New Roast from Kenya!!

Kenya_Eaagads_largeThe fabulous people at Coffee Supreme have been very busy roasting great coffee and raising funds for our Holiday programme at the same time.  They’ve been so successful they’ve finished the Panama coffee and are now selling a new brew called Kenya Eaagads Peaberry.

Once again,  all proceeds go towards our Holiday Programme for children with autism in Wellington.  Here is the link  – http://www.coffeesupremeshop.com/collections/coffee/products/kenya-eaagads-peaberry

The trust is a charitable organisation that provides support to children with autism and their families. The Trust has been set up by parents with first-hand experience of the issues facing children with autism. Though well-organised and diligent, the Trust must routinely work hard to secure funding to help all the families in their network. The sale of the coffee is an initiative by Coffee Supreme Roaster Justin McArthur to create a sustainable funding stream for the Trust over the coming years.

Eaagads Estate lies in the centre of the Thika district, about 30km north of Nairobi. The farm covers 149 hectares of prime coffee land. All coffee at Eaagads is traditionally wet processed with fermentation tanks and is 100% sun dried. The peaberries are hand sorted from the main crop and carry an extra vibrancy due to their density.

Coffee Supreme Ltd

An independent specialty coffee roaster supplying cafes all across New Zealand and Australia. Coffee Supreme celebrates its 20th birthday in 2013 and is still wholly owned by its founders Maggie Wells and Chris Dillon. In the past 2 decades Coffee Supreme has established itself as one of the pre-eminent specialty coffee roasters in Australasia with it’s high quality café blends, full service support, and it’s premium coffee selection for the home market.

Coffee Supreme consciously does not sell its coffee in supermarkets as it seeks to have the highest quality control measures in the industry. Coffee Supreme is famous for its Supreme Blend, a delicious espresso coffee sold in discerning cafes, and was the first New Zealand roasting company to have a female roaster, Maggie Wells. In 2012 Coffee Supreme introduced the first virtual Coffee Specialists, Mr. Woodward, what is believed to be a world first.

Autism Intervention Trust

The Autism Intervention Trust is run by parents and supports children with autism and their families in the Wellington region. Their mission is to support families affected by autism in practical and positive ways.

Members of the Trust have first hand experience of autism and what it’s like to support someone with autism. All have seen the value of effective early intervention and the difference it can make to the long-term quality of life for children and their families. The Trust warmly invites other parents and family members to join them.

The Trust was formed in 2004 by a group of Wellington parents all doing Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy with their children. “For the last 7 years we have secured funding to support early intervention therapies and the Trust’s holiday programmes” says Paul Kane, Activities Co-ordinator for the Trust, “Coffee Supreme’s ongoing support has been, and will be, invaluable in ensuring we can continue”.

www.coffeesupreme.com

www.coffeesupremeshop.com

@Supreme1993

www.autisminterventiontrust.org.nz

For further information and to set up interviews please contact:

Justin McArthur

Roasting Manager

Coffee Supreme

Justin@coffeesupreme.co.nz

021 493 426

Book Review – Dr. Thompson’s Straight Talk On Autism by Travis Thompson.

Book Review – Dr. Thompson’s Straight Talk On Autism by Travis Thompson. Reviewed by Michelle Isaac.

http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Thompsons-Straight-Talk-Autism/dp/1557669457 (My copy was loaned from the IHC Library)

Five stars (out of five)

Dr Thompson is ideally qualified to write about autism, he has clinical, academic and lived experience of autism (a grandchild with autism).  This the kind of book you’d want to have at diagnosis, and keep to refer back to as your child gets older. It may be the closest thing you’ll get to a manual on how to raise a child with autism.  He also cites many excellent books and further reading resources.

Dr Thompson provides clear explanations of autistic symptoms and quite a few stories of actual people with autism and their families.  I really like that the first thing he addresses is the person with autism’s need for control over their own life, and how a lack of control can lead to distress and challenging behaviour.  He also writes about communication, relationships, socialisation, sensory issues, challenging behaviour including self-injurious, freedom, community and my favourite –the importance of leisure.

What I really like about this book is that he covers the whole spectrum in terms of functioning, and suggests detailed evidence-based behavioural approaches that would work with almost all children with autism.  With his huge experience he manages to communicate what life is like for children with autism and how parents and caregivers can best support them to be happy and self-actualised.

Acclaimed show ‘Echolalia’ on this Sunday – support Jen to take her show to Edinburgh!!

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by Jen McArthur
Winner of Best Solo Show, Best of Fringe and Best in Theatre in two NZ Fringe Festivals, Echolalia is a “beautifully crafted and exquisitely executed” (theatreview.co.nz) solo clown theatre performance by Jen McArthur about Asperger’s Syndrome.

AUTISM COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS PERFORMANCE – Sunday July 21st 11.30am at the Paramount Theatre, Courtney Pl, Wellington.

This performance is a fund raiser to help Jen get to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.  After great reviews and performances at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in March, Jen was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by C Venues. This prestigious offer gives her an opportunity to be seen by international bookers and festivals and give the story of Echo a longer life through touring.

Admission is through open donation – suggestions are $10 per adult, $20 per family and any extra is gratefully received (She has $4000 to raise!) Donations can be made on the door or to her Arts Foundation Boosted campaign – www.boosted.org.nz/projects/an-echo-in-edinburgh

The show lasts for 35-40 mins and is suitable for all ages but especially 8yrs and up.

Any enquiries to: Jen McArthur jennyrowan.mcarthur@gmail.com
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Kids having fun at the Autism Intervention Trust gym class…

James (age 8) has been coming to the Autism Intervention Trust gym class held at Capital Gymnastics in Newtown for a while now. He has grown in confidence, learnt new skills, and just mastered the uneven bars. Check out the slight grin when he knows he is being filmed…

Autism Research Network of NZ is now taking registrations…

A group of scientists based at The University of Auckland are establishing an Autism Research Network of New Zealand in an effort to bring together scientists, health professionals and the wider community to facilitate a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder through scientific research…

“We have recently launched a website www.arnnz.org to provide a platform through which we can share information about research projects focusing on autism and allow interested individuals to register for our general mailing list and/or specific research projects. We are still developing resources, but we hope this website will develop to include a science-based information resource for the lay community.”

“Our website provides an opportunity for interested individuals to sign up for a research study investigating the genetic causes of autism and the role different gut microbes might play in the onset and development of autism. It is anticipated that other research projects will populate this website as the research network develops. Already, the scope of autism research conducted by investigators within our network includes; genetics, microbiology, cognitive neuroimaging, and synaptic function.”

Kula Kindness & Autism Awareness Month

kuraKula Wellness – being brilliant blue for Autism Awareness Month!

Huge thank you to Lindsay at Kula Wellness.  They are donating 20% of sales from their online store to the Autism Intervention Trust for all purchases with the word BLUE, for the entire month of April!  Kura Wellness provide innovative products for healthy living that are good for people and our planet.

http://www.kulawellness.co.nz/kula/kula-kindness-be-brilliant-blue/

 

 

Autism Intervention Trust Coffee

CandelaCoffee Supreme rallies behind the Autism Intervention Trust with all proceeds going to help fund a unique Holiday programme for children with Autism in Wellington.

On Valentines Day, February 14th 2013, independent specialty coffee roaster Coffee Supreme will release a new Estate coffee from Panama with all sale proceeds going to support activities of the Autism Invention Trust in Wellington.

The sales of the coffee – called Panama Finca Candela – will specifically go to support holiday programmes for the children of the Trust in the Wellington region.

The trust is a charitable organisation that provides support to children with autism and their families. The Trust has been set up by parents with first-hand experience of the issues facing children with autism. Though well-organised and diligent, the Trust must routinely work hard to secure funding to help all the families in their network. The sale of the coffee is an initiative by Coffee Supreme Roaster Justin McArthur to create a sustainable funding stream for the Trust over the coming years.

Panama Finca Candela is sourced from the coffee grower Finca Candela, a small family run farm in the Volcan region to the west of Panama, near the border with Costa Rica. This is excellent coffee territory, with volcanic soils and a fortunate combination of climate and altitude. This is a sweet coffee suited to both espresso and plunger with flavour notes of caramel, hazelnut, and toasted grains. The coffee was cropped in 2012 season.

Coffee Supreme Ltd

An independent specialty coffee roaster supplying cafes all across New Zealand and Australia. Coffee Supreme celebrates its 20th birthday in 2013 and is still wholly owned by its founders Maggie Wells and Chris Dillon. In the past 2 decades Coffee Supreme has established itself as one of the preeminent specialty coffee roasters in Australasia with it’s high quality café blends, full service support, and it’s premium coffee selection for the home market.

Coffee Supreme consciously does not sell its coffee in supermarkets as it seeks to have the highest quality control measures in the industry. Coffee Supreme is famous for its Supreme Blend, a delicious espresso coffee sold in discerning cafes, and was the first New Zealand roasting company to have a female roaster, Maggie Wells. In 2012 Coffee Supreme introduced the first virtual Coffee Specialists, Mr. Woodward, what is believed to be a world first.

Autism Intervention Trust

The Autism Intervention Trust is run by parents and supports children with autism and their families in the Wellington region. Their mission is to support families affected by autism in practical and positive ways.

Members of the Trust have firsthand experience of autism and what it’s like to support someone with autism. All have seen the value of effective early intervention and the difference it can make to the long-term quality of life for children and their families. The Trust warmly invites other parents and family members to join them.

The Trust was formed in 2004 by a group of Wellington parents all doing Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy with their children. “For the last 7 years we have secured funding to support early intervention therapies and the Trust’s holiday programmes” says Paul Kane, Activities Co-ordinator for the Trust, “Coffee Supreme’s ongoing support has been, and will be, invaluable in ensuring we can continue”.

www.coffeesupreme.com

www.coffeesupremeshop.com

@Supreme1993

www.autisminterventiontrust.org.nz

For further information and to set up interviews please contact:

Justin McArthur

Roasting Manager

Coffee Supreme

Justin@coffeesupreme.co.nz

021 493 426

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