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Welcome to the website of the NAS Kingston upon Thames branch!


The branch was formerly called SWAPS, which stands for South West Autistic Parents' Support group. It was a group based in Kingston-upon-Thames that was set up by parents with children on the autism spectrum. In 1999, the group affiliated to the National Autistic Society and is now an official local branch of the NAS.


The branch welcomes all parents and carers with children on the autistic spectrum, and organises a number of activities as well as acting as a source of information on local events/services.


It is free to join the branch and all our activities are free to attend thanks to generous sponsors.

To join, please go to our membership page.




What is autism:


Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

There is no known “cure” for autism. But the right support can transform lives.




What do we do:


  •   We run monthly play session in The Pod Soft Play which are most suitable

      for pre-school and primary school age children (and siblings);

  •   We organise special events for children through the year;

  •   We organise autism friendly Christmas Party with Father Christmas;

  •   We work with in partnership with other organisations raising awarness on autism,

      signposting, providing advice and information.




We hope you enjoy browsing our website and will join us!