About our Workshops

As a parent/carer you may feel that more information, help, or advice is needed when supporting the needs of your child, who may have behavioural, sensory, social and/or communication challenges. We at GEMS recognise this and have provided a variety of courses that will help develop your knowledge of autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The courses offer support not just for those who are diagnosed, but for those who may have autism and/or ADHD and for the family.

During COVID19 these courses are delivered online and face to face delivery will commence when it is safe to do so.

The workshops vary in length. You will be listening to and speaking with trainers with extensive experience of delivering autism and/or ADHD courses and will have the opportunity to meet and share strategies with other parents/carers.

For more information, please scroll down to your chosen workshop and then contact the team on 0800 999 1342 to book your place.

 

Workshop TitleCourse DescriptionTarget AudienceDatesTimeAppointment

NAS: Early Bird Plus


– Virtual Delivery


A 6 week online course. (One 1.5 hr session a week)

Hosted by GEMS, The National Autistic Society licensed Early Bird Plus is a virtual course for parents and carers of children with autism aged 4-9.


The programme aims to promote joined up approaches between home and school for children with autism, by encouraging parent and carers to attend the sessions with others who are working regularly with their child.

For parents & carers to support children with autism aged 4 to 9

Wednesday 8th September 2021 x 6 weeks
10 am - 12.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS: Early Bird Plus


– Face to Face Delivery


An 8 week course. (One 2.5 hour session a week) plus two Home visits

Hosted by GEMS, The National Autistic Society licensed Early Bird Plus is a course for parents and carers of children with autism aged 4-9.


The programme aims to promote joined up approaches between home and school for children with autism, by encouraging parent and carers to attend the sessions with others who are working regularly with their child.

For parents & carers to support children with autism aged 4 to 9

BRACKNELL: Wednesday 5th January 2022 x 8 weeks plus 2 home visits

SLOUGH: Wednesday 27th April 2022 x 8 weeks plus 2 home visits
10 am -12.30 pm

10 am - 12.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS: Teen Life


– Virtual Delivery


A 9 week online course. (One 1.5 hr session a week )

Hosted by GEMS, Teen Life shortened version is a nine -session virtual course for parents and carers of children with autism aged 10-16 and the accompanying members of staff who support their children (family workers or teaching assistants).


Developed by the National Autistic Society with input from parents and young people with autism, the course covers topics including self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, understanding an autism diagnosis, puberty, independence, special interests and education and planning for the future. Discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support young people with autism.

For parents & carers of young autistic people aged 10 to 16


Tuesday 5th October 2021 x 9 weeks
10 - 12.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS: Teen Life


– Face to Face Delivery


A 9 week online course. (One 1.5 hr session a week )

Hosted by GEMS, Teen Life is a six -session course for parents and carers of children with autism aged 10-16 and the accompanying members of staff who support their children (family workers or teaching assistants).


Developed by the National Autistic Society with input from parents and young people with autism, the course covers topics including self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, understanding an autism diagnosis, puberty, independence, special interests and education and planning for the future. Discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support young people with autism.

For parents & carers of young autistic people aged 10 to 16


BRACKNELL: Tuesday 11th January 2022 x 6 weeks


SLOUGH: Tuesday 26th April 2022 x 6 weeks

10 am - 12.30 pm


10 am - 12.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

High alert – when anxiety strikes


– Virtual Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group : What to do when worries take over. We take a look at what causes anxiety and some tried and tested strategies to tackle it.

Suitable for parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

Thursday 7th October 2021

Thursday 17th February 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022
10 - 11.30 am

6.30 - 8 pm

10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

High alert – when anxiety strikes


– Face to Face Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group : What to do when worries take over. We take a look at what causes anxiety and some tried and tested strategies to tackle it.

Suitable for parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 2nd December 2021

BRACKNELL: Thursday 7th April 2022

SLOUGH: Thursday 15th September 2022
6.30 - 8.30 pm

10 am - 12 pm

6.30 - 8.30 pm

Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

What about me? Supporting siblings


 – Virtual Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group : What is it like to grow up with a sibling on the autism spectrum? How can we help young people to better understand and thrive in an autism friendly family?

Suitable for parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

Thursday 27th Jan 2022

Thursday 26th May 2022

Thursday 22nd Sept 2022
6.30 - 8.00 pm

6.30 - 8.00 pm

6.30 - 8.00 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

What about me? Supporting siblings


 – Face to Face Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group : What is it like to grow up with a sibling on the autism spectrum? How can we help young people to better understand and thrive in an autism friendly family?

Suitable for parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

SLOUGH: Thursday 11th Nov 2021

SLOUGH: Thursday 11th Nov 2021

MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 10th March 2022
10 am - 12 pm

10 am - 12 pm

6.30 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Adolescence


– Virtual Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group : Understanding and responding to the changes and challenges of parenting and caring for teenagers on the autism spectrum.

Suitable for parents & carers of young people aged 10 upwards.

Friday 17th September 2021

Thursday 25th November 2021

Thursday 24th March 2022

Thursday 14th July 2022
10 - 11.30 am

10 - 11.30 am

6.30 - 8 pm

10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Adolescence


– Face to Face Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group : Understanding and responding to the changes and challenges of parenting and caring for teenagers on the autism spectrum.

Suitable for parents & carers of young people aged 10 upwards.

BRACKNELL: Thursday 13th January 2022

SLOUGH: Thursday 12th May 2022

MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 29th September 2022
6.30 - 8.30 pm

10 am - 12 pm

6.30 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Girls and autism


– Virtual Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group:


A look at the behaviours and challenges that may be experienced by girls with autism.

Suitable for parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged girls and young women.

Thursday 9th December 2021

Thursday 28th April 2022

Thursday 8th September 2022
6.30 - 8 pm

10 - 11.30 am

6.30 - 8 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Girls and autism


– Face to Face Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by The Autism Group:


A look at the behaviours and challenges that may be experienced by girls with autism.

Suitable for parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged girls and young women.

BRACKNELL: Thursday 14th October 2021

SLOUGH: Thursday 10th February 2022

MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 9th June 2022
6.30 - 8 pm

6.30 - 8 pm

10 am - 12 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Sensory processing – Virtual Delivery


One off session.

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


This single session intends to support parents and carers to support their child with sensory processing difficulties.

Parent & carers of children & young people with sensory processing difficulties.

Monday 22nd September 2021

Monday 31st January 2022

Monday 9th May 2022
7 - 8.30 pm

7 - 8.30 pm

7 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment Workshop Sleep and Autism/ADHD


– Virtual Delivery


This course is for parents or carers only.


One off session.

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


An introductory two – hour course for parents and carers who have children and young people with autism & or ADHD who struggle with sleep.

Parents & carers of a child or young person with additional needs experiencing difficulties with their sleep, young people, teens.

Monday 11th October 2021

Monday 6th June 2022
7 - 8.30 pm

7 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment Workshop Sleep and Autism/ADHD


– Face to Face Delivery


This course is for parents or carers only.


One off session.

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


An introductory two – hour course for parents and carers who have children and young people with autism & or ADHD who struggle with sleep.

Parents & carers of a child or young person with additional needs experiencing difficulties with their sleep, young people, teens.

BRACKNELL: Friday 25th March 2022
10 am -12 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment workshops – ADHD


– Virtual Delivery


3 part course. All 3 sessions to be attended.

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


Session 1:  Provides an insight into what ADHD is. Learn about the challenges and concerns often raised. Explore strengths and opportunities related to ADHD.


Session 2: Learn to understand childrens’ anxiety and how this relates to ADHD.


Session 3: Gain an understanding of attention deficit behaviours and how to manage these.

Parent & carers of children & young people who are waiting for an assessment for ADHD or who have recently been diagnosed.

Tuesday 5th, Tuesday 12th, Tuesday 19th October 2021

Tuesday 11th, Tuesday 18th, Tuesday 25th January 2022

Tuesday 1st, Tuesday 8th, Tuesday 15th February 2022

Tuesday 1st, Tuesday 8th, Tuesday 15th July 2022
7 - 8.30 pm

7 - 8.30 pm

7 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment workshops – ADHD


– Face to Face Delivery


3 part course. All 3 sessions to be attended.

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


Session 1:  Provides an insight into what ADHD is. Learn about the challenges and concerns often raised. Explore strengths and opportunities related to ADHD.


Session 2: Learn to understand childrens’ anxiety and how this relates to ADHD.


Session 3: Gain an understanding of attention deficit behaviours and how to manage these.

Parent & carers of children & young people who are waiting for an assessment for ADHD or who have recently been diagnosed.

BRACKNELL: Tuesday 14th, 21st, 28th Sept 2021

MAIDENHEAD: Tuesday 16th, 22nd, 30th Nov 2021

SLOUGH: Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th March 2022

BRACKNELL: Tuesday 14th, 21st, 28th June 2022

MAIDENHEAD: Tuesday 3rd, 10th, 17th May 2022
7 - 9pm

7 - 9pm

7 - 9pm

7 - 9pm

7 - 9pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Friday Night Club


Fortnightly Activity Group for 5 -10 year olds.

Hosted by GEMS, A fun activity group for children with autism and ADHD, aged 5-10


Activity List:


Friday 18th June – Cake Decorating


For 5 -10 year olds : Incorporating social communication and understanding myself and others

Fortnightly Fridays
4 - 5 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Social Activity Session for 11 -15 year olds.

Hosted by GEMS, An Online Session


Session List:


More Sessions coming soon!

For 11 to 15 Year olds

More Dates coming Soon!
4 - 5 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Social Activity Session for 16 – 25 year olds.

Hosted by GEMS, An Online Session


Activity List:


Coming Soon!

For 16 – 25 year olds

More Dates Coming Soon!
7 - 8 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Monthly Social Activity Session for 25 year olds and over.

Hosted by GEMS, a monthly online session with workshops incorporating understanding and managing autism followed by an activity session to develop social skills and confidence.


Topics Covered will include, anxiety & communication, sensory sensitivities, relationships & social situations, budgeting, money management & travel.

For adults aged 25 and over.

Friday 2nd July 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Saturday Night Gaming Club.


–  Virtual Delivery


A Weekly Gaming Group for 11-19 year olds.

Hosted by Aik Saath, Saturday night is Among Us night, where young people gather online with staff members from Aik Saath (Together As One) to play this thrilling game.


Among Us can be downloaded for free from App Store or Google Play.

Children & Young adults aged 11 – 19

Every Saturday
7 - 830 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place