About 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 Title

Course Description

Target Audience

Dates

Time


NAS: EarlyBird Plus

– Virtual Delivery

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

Hosted by GEMS, The National Autistic Society licensed EarlyBird 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




Now Fully Booked


10am - 12.30pm

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NAS: EarlyBird Plus

– Face to Face Delivery

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

Hosted by GEMS, The National Autistic Society licensed EarlyBird 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 inc. 2 home visits (FULLY BOOKED)


SLOUGH: Wednesday 27th April 2022 x 8 weeks inc. 2 home visits


10am - 12.30pm




10am - 12.30pm




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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

Now Fully Booked


10am - 12.30pm

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NAS: Teen Life

– Face to Face Delivery

A 6 week course. (One 2.5 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



10am - 12.30pm


10am - 12.30pm



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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 17th February 2022


Thursday 23rd June 2022


6.30 - 8pm


10 - 11.30am


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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 - 8.30pm


10am - 12pm


6.30 - 8.30pm


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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 - 8.00pm


6.30 - 8.00pm


6.30 - 8.00pm


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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


MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 10th March 2022


10am - 12pm


10am - 12pm


6.30 - 8.30pm


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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.

Thursday 25th November 2021


Thursday 24th March 2022


Thursday 14th July 2022



10 - 11.30am




6.30 - 8 pm



10 - 11.30am


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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 - 8.30pm


10 am - 12pm


6.30 - 8.30pm


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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 - 8pm


10 - 11.30am


6.30 - 8pm


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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.

SLOUGH: Thursday 10th February 2022


MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 9th June 2022


6.30 - 8pm


10 am - 12pm


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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 31st January 2022


Monday 9th May 2022




7 - 8.30pm


7 - 8.30pm


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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 13th June 2022



7 - 9.00pm


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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


10am - 12pm

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


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


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





7 - 8.30pm




7 - 8.30pm



7-8.30pm

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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.


MAIDENHEAD: Tuesday 16th, 23rd, 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


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Autism & Food

Hosted by GEMS. Exploring reasons why diet can be limited and discussing tips for introducing new foods.

For parents and carers of autistic children with a limited diet

Tuesday 2nd November 2021

10am - 12pm

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