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Workshops for parents

If you are the parent or carer of a child with severe social communication needs/ difficulties associated with the autism spectrum you may find one of our workshops helpful.

The Communication and Interaction Team organises the following workshops for parents:

  • Parent information programmes 1 and 2
  • the National Autistic Society (NAS) 'EarlyBird Plus' programme for parents/carers of children 4 years to 8 years 11 months
  • 9+ parent programme for parents/carers of children aged 9 to 11 (KS2)

The workshops run throughout the year. Take a look at the

Three weekly information sessions for parents of pre-school children with social communication and interaction difficulties.

Parents/carers can attend all 3 sessions or just those of specific interest. The 3 sessions cover:

  • Developing Communication
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Managing Sleep, Feeding and Toileting

The sessions are usually led by Education and Health.

This programme is designed for parents of children under five with severe social communication and interaction difficulties.

The course consists of eight sessions of 3 hours each. Each session offers opportunities to listen to information from experienced professionals, share ideas with other parents and make practical resources.

There is a suggested strategy or resource to try out each week at home.

Parents are offered two places per family. One of the places must be taken by a parent but if it is not possible for both parents to attend they may wish to bring another family member, friend or professional who spends time with the child.

Each person will be given a PIP 2 file in which to keep their course notes, resources, information sheets and anything useful people share along the way. See download below for further information.

This three month programme is suitable for families whose child has received a diagnosis of autism a little later and is in Reception or Key Stage One setting.

To maximise consistent help for the child, the NAS EarlyBird Plus programme trains parents and professionals together.

EarlyBird Plus is available to teams of 3 adults: 2 parents or carers together with a professional - such as a SENCO or CSA - who live or work with a child, aged over 4 and under 8 years, and having a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

The NAS EarlyBird Plus programme consists of 8 group sessions, interspersed with 2 home visit weeks when families can individualise what they are learning.

A follow up session is held 6 months after the programme. NAS EarlyBird Plus uses the established EarlyBird framework of teaching about autism before considering how to develop communication or manage behaviour. It builds confidence, in parents and professionals, encouraging the teams to problem solve together.

A book for participating team members accompanies the programme and real-life story examples and video-clips are used to illustrate the programme's content.

Teams are encouraged to share information and planning, so as to provide the child with a consistent approach between home and school.

Further information can be found on theNational Autistic Society's website.

This programme is designed for the parents of pupils between 9 and 12 years of age with a recent diagnosis of autism. Priority will be given to parents who have not attended a course previously.

The programme will be held in the evening in order for both parents to have the opportunity to attend.

The course is of 6 weeks duration, each session lasting approximately 2 hours.

The general ethos of the course is that through understanding autism, parents will be able to develop their own strategies and build on their experience they already have.

Also by meeting with other parents they can share experiences and become mutually supportive. Any information shared will, naturally, be held in confidence. See download below for further information.

We are also committed to working with children, young people and their families at times of significant change and transition.

For example, we organise transition meetings before the move into reception from pre-school and transfer into secondary school, where parents are invited to attend.

For further information about any of the above workshops please contact an Advisory Teacher from the Communication and Interaction Team on 01452 426955


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