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 are currently being delivered online in webinar format and include a question and answer session.

Our online learning programme is designed to empower families with the knowledge, skills and strategies to support and understand their child’s autism.

If you have any queries please contact Elaine Walker, Autism Pathway Manager on 01942 486284 or email E.Walker@wigan.gov.uk

Webinars / videos

Understanding autism webinar

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child or young person aged 5-16 with a diagnosis of autism. This webinar looks at different aspects of autism for children, including:

  • Understanding your child’s diagnosis
  • Communication
  • Behaviour
  • Sensory differences.

When is it happening and how can I book a place? Choose from our list of dates and times below and follow the link to book onto the 'understanding autism' webinar:

Autism Awareness evening webinar

Who's it for? Parents/carers who have a child or young person aged 5-16 with a diagnosis of autism. This condensed webinar looks at different aspects of autism for children, including:

  • Understanding your child’s diagnosis
  • Communication
  • Behaviour
  • Sensory differences

When is it happening? 15th December 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm

Watch our autism training video

You can watch our short 40 minute autism training session online. It provides families with an understanding of their child’s autism diagnosis, and covers communication, behaviour and sensory differences in autism.

Workshops

Sensory differences in autism workshop

This online workshop delivered by the specialist occupational therapy team will give you an understanding of the sensory differences in autism and how these can impact your child. This workshop is designed to look at practical strategies alongside understanding your child’s sensory needs.

There are 2 dates available, choose a date and follow the link to book a place:

Understanding behaviour and sleep workshop

This workshop presented by Andy Sampson from Embrace is designed to give parents and carers a greater understanding and practical strategies to manage behaviour and sleep difficulties related to autism.

There are 2 dates available, choose a date and follow the link to book a place:

Understanding communication

This online workshop, delivered by the ASC specialist speech therapy team is designed to help parents and carers develop a greater understanding of communication differences in autism, including strategies to support and develop your child's communication.

How to write and use a social story

This online workshop, delivered by the specialist ASC speech therapy team is designed to support parents develop a greater understanding of how to write and use a Social Story to help your child understand a social situation.

Emotion coaching for parents of children with autism

Who's it for? This online training session is especially helpful if the child/young person is displaying some emotionally based school avoidance behaviours.

Emotion coaching uses moments of heightened emotion to guide and teach young people about their emotions and effective responses.

Their strong emotions are acknowledged, helping them to feel understood and helping them to calm their emotions and bodily responses to emotions. It can be a helpful approach, even when dangerous or harmful behaviours are demonstrated by the young person, because emotion coaching focuses on acknowledging strong feelings and upholding rules, boundaries and expectations

Children with autism often find their emotional world difficult to understand. They may become worried or anxious about things like friendships and changes in routine, but find it hard to understand or express this. When these feelings relate to an aspect of school, some may start to avoid school.

This training aims to:

  • Understand emotional regulation and consider how this can be difficult for young people on the autistic spectrum
  • Highlight links between emotional responses and school avoidance
  • Know the process of emotion coaching and begin to develop skills in this area.

When is it happening? Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 10am-12pm.

Early Bird

Early Bird courses are currently unavailable due to local COVID-19 restrictions, please keep checking this page for new course dates and information.

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.

Early Bird Plus

Early Bird Plus courses are currently unavailable due to local COVID-19 restrictions, please keep checking this page for new course dates and information.

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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