Autism awareness training for parent/carers

We offer a range of free training and support sessions aimed at parents and carers whose children have received an autism diagnosis.

These courses allow you to explore all aspects of autism, behaviour and development, while giving you the opportunity to meet other parents, share ideas and problem solve.

Understanding autism - one day course

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child or young person with a diagnosis of autism.

This course runs every 6 weeks and aims to:

  • Improve understanding of autism - Exploring how the child experiences the world and what underlies behaviour and development
  • Improve communication between the parent and the child by changing the way parents/carers communicate
  • Demonstrate how to analyse and understand the child’s behaviour using visual structure to prevent problems and encourage appropriate behaviour.
When and where?
Venue Date Book 
Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ Friday, 18th October 2019 Book on for October
Rowantree School, Green Hall Close, Wigan, M46 9HP Friday, 29th November 2019 Book on for November
Sunshine House, Wellington Street, Wigan, WN1 3SA (café available) Friday, 24th January 2020 Book on for January
Progress House Westwood Park Drive, Wigan, WN3 4HH Friday 14th February 2020 Book on for February
Tyldesley Start Well Centre, Poplar Street, Manchester, M29 8AX (café available) Wednesday, 11th March 2020 Book on for March
Westleigh High School conference room. Westleigh lane, Leigh, Wigan, WN7 5NL Friday, 22nd May 2020 Book on for May
HOPE School Training suite, Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge, Wigan, WN3 6PS Friday 19th June 2020 Book on for June
Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ Friday 10th July 2020 Book on for July

2 places are available per family, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Early Bird

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child with a diagnosis of autism aged 5 years and under.

The course is delivered over a period of eleven weeks, consisting of 8 weeks training and 3 home visit weeks. A follow-up session is held three months after the course. Early Bird aims to:

  • Support parents/carers in the period between diagnosis and school placement by helping them to establish good practice in handling their child at an early age
  • Improve understanding of autism and help parents/carers make contact
  • Find ways to develop interaction and communication between parent and child
  • Show parents/carers how to analyse and understand their child’s behaviours and how to use structure, so they can pre-empt and cope with problem behaviours.

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Early Bird Plus

Who's it for? Parents/carers whose child has received a diagnosis of autism and is aged 4-8 years and in Early Years or Key Stage One provision.

The course consists of eight group sessions and two home visit weeks. A follow-up session is held six months after the course. Early Bird Plus aims to:

  • Address the needs of both home and school settings by training parents/carers together with a professional who is working regularly with their child so that the child is given consistent support
  • Build both parents/carers and professionals’ confidence and encourage them to problem solve together. 

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6 Week Autism Parent Programme

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child or young person with a diagnosis of autism.

Where? All sessions will be held at Ince Start Well Centre, Charles Street, Wigan, WN2 2AL.

The course offers a 6 week in depth look at all aspects of autism. Each week a different topic area is covered, including understanding autism, communication and sensory processing.

The sessions are split into 2 age categories: 5-11 years and 11-16 years. There are 2 places per family available and families must commit to attending all sessions. You must specify the age of your child when booking.

Dates for January 2020 Autism Parent Programme

Dates, times and bookings
 5-11 years11-16 years 
Autism awareness  9th January, 9.30am - 12pm  16th January, 9.30am - 12pm 
Communication  23rd January, 9.30am - 12pm  30th January, 9.30am - 12pm 
Sensory  6th February, 9.30am - 12pm 13th February, 9.30am - 12pm
Behaviour 27th February, 9.30am - 12pm 5th March, 9.30am - 12pm
Social, emotional, mental health  12th March, 9.30am - 12pm  19th March, 9.30am - 12pm
Transition and support services 26th March, 9.30am - 12pm 2nd April, 9.30am - 12pm
Book a place Book on for 5-11 years, January programme Book on for 11-16 years, January programme

Dates for April 2020 Autism Parent Programme

Dates, times and bookings
 5-11 years11-16 years 
Autism awareness  23rd April, 9.30am - 12pm  30th April, 9.30am - 12pm 
Communication  7th May, 9.30am - 12pm  14th May, 9.30am - 12pm 
Sensory  21st May, 9.30am - 12pm 4th June, 9.30am - 12pm
Behaviour 11th June 9.30am - 12pm 18th June, 9.30am - 12pm
Social, emotional, mental health  25th June, 9.30am - 12pm  2nd July, 9.30am - 12pm
Transition and support services 9th July, 9.30am - 12pm 16th July, 9.30am - 12pm
Book a place Book on for 5-11 years, April programme Book on for 11-16 years, April programme

Barnardo's Cygnet Course

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child or young person aged 7-18 years with a diagnosis of autism.

This programme is delivered over 6 and 2-3 hour sessions which work towards behaviour management and covers a number of topics. The course aims to:

  • Increase understanding of autistic spectrum conditions
  • Help parents/carers develop their knowledge on how a child on the autistic spectrum experiences the world and what drives their behaviour
  • Guide parents/carers through practical strategies they can use with children
  • Direct parents/carers to relevant resources
  • Give parents/carers the opportunity to meet with other parents who have had similar experiences and to gain support and learn from each other.

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Monthly drop in sessions / coffee morning

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child or young person with a diagnosis of Autism.

When / where? Last Thursday of every month, 9:30 - 11:30am at Ince Start Well Centre, Charles Street, Wigan, WN2 2AL.

This is an informal opportunity to come along and meet other parents and networks of support in Wigan. There is no need to book.

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