Welcome to The Jigsaw Tree

This is my first blog post introducing The Jigsaw Tree, explaining what we do, who we are and how we have come into being….

I work as a Teaching Assistant with a wonderful little boy who has autism; he was the initial inspiration for my search for information. I have 3 daughters some of whom, I have since discovered, are also on the spectrum.  I have found that having both parental and educational points of view, as well as experience of different parts of the spectrum, has provided me with a broad insight and passion for knowledge about all things autism. I have completed the Autism Education Trust training at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and have been awarded Autism Education Trust Silver Stars  and Gold Stars Awards.

The concept of The Jigsaw Tree was born on a long walk in the country with my partner. I was wishing out loud that there was a website with all the information, resources and links in one place and how much time I had spent looking for good resources and information online. His response was to say ‘Let’s just do it, other people must need a site like that too.’ So we did, and here we are!

The Jigsaw Tree is an online community and resource for everyone involved with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC’s). Our aim is to provide a space for people to discuss issues and support each other whilst promoting awareness, acceptance, inclusion and understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions both in the U.K. and internationally. We prefer to us the term ‘Autism Spectrum Condition’ (ASC) despite the term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) being more widely used.  Using ‘autism spectrum condition’ avoids the negative connotations of ‘disability’ or ‘disorder’.

Here’s the link back to the home page. Please take some time to browse the videos, online resources and podcasts.

Our forum can be found here, it’s a great place to ask questions and get support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Over the next few months, I will be adding information and articles about autism. One such great site is ‘the Curly Hair Project‘ which supports girls and women on the spectrum. If there is anything you’d like us to cover, please get in touch or ask a question on the forum and I will do my best to help!

Helen