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.

When / where? 9:30am - 2:30pm at Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, WN6 0HQ, on the following dates: 26th April, 7th June and 19th July 2019 - view our flyer for all dates.

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.

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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.

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: 0-11 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.

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

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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.

Open doors

Who's it for? Open doors is a creative workshop especially for children and adults with autism and other social communication issues, and their families and carers. We open our doors early so that you can come enjoy and explore art together as a family.

When / where? Saturdays, 18th May, 15th June and 20th July, 9:15 - 11.15am at the Manchester Art Gallery (external link), Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL.

To find out more contact Katy McCall on 0161 235 8869 or email k.mccall1@manchester.gov.uk.

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