For parents of children and young people with additional needs

Group Courses available through WCC

Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) – Stepping Stones

A positive parenting programme for parents/carers of children and young people with additional needs. This course is available free of charge through Warwickshire County Council(WCC). It runs for nine weeks, meeting once a week for two and a half hours.

The course covers a range of topics including managing behavioural problems and development issues; improving your personal coping skills and reducing parenting stress; using assertive discipline; developing a close relationship with your child; teaching your child new skills and behaviours.

To book on a course through WCC

AS United Workshop

This is a seven week workshop for young people aged 14 - 18 who have ASD to offer them the opportunity to build a sense of community, develop friendships and learn more about how their condition affects them practically in daily life.

The focus of the group will be education about autism and practical strategies to support young people at home, college or work and to signpost them to other agencies who may be able to help now and in the future future.

Topics include:

  • friendships
  • relationships
  • employment
  • celebrating ASD
  • bullying
  • exam pressure
  • peer pressure
  • alcohol and drugs

Parents will have an opportunity to meet other parents and professionals to discuss various issues in a semi structured group setting. You will have the opportunity to have a face-to-face discussion with psychiatry and psychology professionals.

Where: Alcester Library

When: From 14th September - 26th October 2019

Time: Weekly, from 10.30am - 12.30pm

For more information and to book a place, please contact the Family Information Service.

Sensory Workshop for Parents

This is a half day course for parents which is run termly at two centres North and South of the county. The cost is £25. Check below for current availability: 

  • Hatters Space, Nuneaton - 8 October 2019, 9.30am to 12.30pm

For more information and to book a place please contact Bernie Hewitt on 024 7518 9196

National Autistic Society – Earlybird Programme

This course is for parents and carers who have a pre-school child diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The course offers advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for dealing with young autistic children. It is also a chance for parents and carers to meet and share their experience with other parents and carers in a similar situation.

You should receive a leaflet about this programme from the specialist consultants when your child receives a diagnosis, and your name will automatically be added to the booking list. If you haven’t received this leaflet, please contact the consultants directly.

For further advice, contact Sandra Bowering, Lead Consultant Teacher for the 0-5 Specialist Service 01926 413737 or [email protected].

For general information on the programme, please visit Earlybird website.

Act for Autism – Autism Support Programme

Two interactive programmes for parents and carers of school age children and teenagers diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. If your child has a new diagnosis, ask for the W.A.S.P programme; if you are a parenting teen with a diagnosis, ask for the T.A.S.P programme.

There are four 3 hour sessions, covering:

  • Your child and their autism
  • The sensory world
  • Communication
  • Involvement

These courses usually run termly and there is a small charge of £10 for the complete course (£5 for families in receipt of means-tested benefits).

For more information and to complete a booking form, contact Jennifer Furneaux-Porter, Integrated Disability Service, 01926 413737 or [email protected]

Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) ‘First Steps for Parents’

SEND Supported is offering a series of 3-hour information sessions for parents of children who have recently received a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) as well as those who would like to come back to find out more. The sessions will explore the characteristics of ASC and highlight some basic strategies. To express an interest please complete the online form

The Curly Hair Project

The curly hair project (CHP) is a social enterprise founded by autistic author Alis Rowe. CHP resources include books and e-books, podcasts, short animated films and a blog, along with regular workshops, webinars and training aimed at children and young people, their parents and carers and professionals.

For further information on :

  • Training
  • Events and scroll down to find local courses. There is a charge which is usually in the region of £16 for an individual or £40 for a family ticket (up to 3 people).
  • Webinars: The charge for webinars is in the region of £12 for an individual or £20 for a professional. (For those who are members of the Rugby Autism Network Charity, there is a reduced charge.)
  • General information and advice about all CHP resources

Future Learn – Understanding Autism

This is a free course run by the University of Kent covering:

  • What is autism
  • Social communication skills
  • Sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours
  • Co-occurring conditions
  • Strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum
  • Lived experiences of people on the autistic spectrum

It is designed for weekly study (4 weeks at 3 hours per week) to give an understanding of autism from diagnosis to the spectrum and life with autism. Note that free access to the course is just for 6 weeks, with an optional upgrade of £52 for unlimited access after this. Find out more.

Understanding Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD

This is a free course run by the University of Derby. It is designed to help you learn more about autism, Asperger’s and ADHD, their differences and the importance of understanding the classification, assessment and diagnosis. There are 6 units which take approximately 3 hours of study per unit.

Current courses are open for a set period of time but the learning materials can still be accessed after this if needed. Find out more and book on the course.