For therapy, training, advice and support call us on 01684 576795 or Alternatively, please call the AFSIL (ARCOS Family Support and Advice Line) service on 07984 451327 on Monday or Tuesday from 9.30am -12.30pm or email: at any time

Real life stories

Alison's Story

At School

Teacher quote: “Look I’ll be a bit more patient and you try harder, ok?”

Motor Skills and Coordination: I was hopeless at games. I couldn’t hit the ball in hockey, netball, rounders or tennis. I couldn’t even work out where I was supposed to stand! I hated swimming. The only thing I liked and I was good at was running. The games teacher said I could be in the team.

Organisation and Memory: I was totally disorganised when it came to my P.E. bag. I just carried everything around with me so I didn’t forget anything! The same went for my schoolbag. Everything was so disorganised and untidy.

Telling the Time: I couldn’t tell the time even at college. I arrived late for my first aid lesson. The teacher said “we begin at quarter past, okay?” (which unfortunately meant nothing to me). I didn’t want to show myself up by having to ask for help.



In the workplace

The restaurant: 

Embarrassing moments were when customers didn’t understand what I was saying and asked me to say it again and again. People hissed at me to ‘speak properly’. I felt pretty bad about that. 

Also, we had to serve the food on the right for women and left for men. I was forever getting it wrong. 

The other waitresses would say “wrong side”. The waitresses had to lay tables and I was forever doing that wrong as well. The knives and forks were in the wrong place.


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We offer a multi-sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation. Children with a variety of disabilities  attend.

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Through specialist multi-disciplinary therapies, rehabilitation activities, and emotional support to make a difference and changing lives.

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We provide training in understanding best practice care and the latest technological support for a range of conditions for healthcare professionals.

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ARCOS provide physical and online training, information, and advice. You also gain a network of peer support to assist you through your journey.