Morecambe mum lends support to parents with online groups

Sarah Alderson with her son Elliot Swindell.
Sarah Alderson with her son Elliot Swindell.

A MUM whose son has autism has set up two Facebook groups to help other parents in a similar situation.

Sarah Alderson, whose son Elliot, aged three-and-a-half, was diagnosed with autism a year ago, did not know what to do when she learnt about her son’s condition.

She said: “I felt so isolated and alone and felt the need for community support, but couldn’t find any and didn’t know where to look for it.

“I researched my son’s condition online and decided to have my own support group to share experiences and to help and support people and their families raising a child with any disability.”

Sarah, of Pennine View, Morecambe, set up two groups, Parents and Children With Disabilities Support Group and Parents and Children With Disabilities Art Group and already has 97 members from the Morecambe and Lancaster area.

Sarah, who lives with her partner and two other children, Jessica, 10 and Oliver, seven, said: “We have all had to learn sign language and our whole life has changed, but this is the new normal.

“It is an invisible disability and everyone is completely different. I just want to raise awareness of disability and invisible disabilities like Elliot’s.”

Sarah is holding a summer party at Johnnies fun factory in Morecambe in August for 42 children with disabilities and their siblings.

Visit Facebook to join Sarah Alderson’s Parents and Children with Disabilities support groups.