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 Title

Course Description

Target Audience

Dates

Time

NAS: Early Bird Plus – Online Delivery

A 6 week online course. (1 hr a week on a Wednesday)

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 and carers to support children with autism aged 4 to 9

Wednesday 10th March 2021
10 - 11.30 am
Wednesday 19th May 2021
10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS: Early Bird Plus

An 8 week course. (one session a week)

 

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 and carers to support children with autism aged 4 to 9

Wednesday 9th September 2021
10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS: Teen Life – Online Delivery

A 9 week online course. (1.5 hrs a week on a Tuesday)

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).

The course aims to help parents, carers, and support staff to understand more about teenagers with autism, discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support young people with autism.

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.

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

Tuesday 2nd March 2021
10 -11.30 am
Tuesday 8th June 2021
10 -11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS: Teen Life

A 6 week course. (One 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).

The course aims to help parents, carers, and support staff to understand more about teenagers with autism, discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support young people with autism.

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.

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

Tuesday 5th October 2021
10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Rising Stars!

A Weekly Social Group for 5 -10 year olds.

 

Hosted by Aik Saath, A fun and lively group for young carers and children with autism and/or ADHD, aged 5-10, with weekly activities ranging from teambuilding games, to arts, crafts and social activities.

Activity List:

Thursday 4th March – Yoga with Rosie

Thursday 11th March – Mothers Day/ Like a Mum to me –  Crafts

Thursday 18th March – Making a Fruit Salad

Thursday 25th March – Bird Houses

 

Children aged 5 -10  Adult supervision is required

Thursday 4th March 2021
4.30 - 6 pm
Thursday 11th March 2021
4.30 - 6 pm
Thursday 18th March 2021
4.30 - 6 pm
Thursday 25th March 2021
4.30 - 6 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

High alert – when anxiety strikes

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 and carers of primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

22nd Apr 2021
6.30 - 8.00 pm
15th July 2021
10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

What about me? Supporting siblings

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 and carers of primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

24th Jun 2021
6.30 - 8.00 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Adolescence

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 and carers of young people aged 10 upwards.

20th May 2021
6.30 - 8.00 pm
16th Sep 2021
10 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Girls and autism

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 and carers of primary and secondary school aged girls and young women.

11th March 2021
10 - 11.30 am
10th June 2021
6.30 - 8 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Sensory processing

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

8th March 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment Workshop Sleep and Autism/ADHD

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

12th March 2021
12.30 - 2.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment workshops – ADHD

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

15th, 22nd & 29th March 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
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 12th MarchSowing Seeds

Session Description-  Sowing seeds of choice with parental assistance. Session Purpose – Develop motor skills and build confidence

Friday 26th MarchEaster arts & crafts OR World Autism Awareness Week

Session Description-  Making Easter themed crafts with parental assistance OR An activity relating to WAAW. Session Purpose – Fun session, to develop motor skills and build confidence OR raise awareness

 

 

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

Friday 12th March 2021
4 - 5pm
Friday 26th March 2021
4 - 5pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Social Activity Session for 11 -15 year olds.

Hosted by GEMS, An Online Session

Session List:

Monday 26th April  – Understanding autism

Monday 10th May Understanding Communication & relationships

Monday 17th MayUnderstanding anxiety

For 11 to 15 Year olds (and their siblings if of a similar age)

Monday 26th April 2021
4 - 5pm
Monday 10th May 2021
4 - 5pm
Monday 17th May 2021
4 - 5pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Social Activity Session for 16 – 25 year olds.

Hosted by GEMS, An Online Session

Activity List:

Wednesday 3rd March  – Understanding autism

Wednesday 10th MarchUnderstanding Communication & relationships

Wednesday 17th MarchUnderstanding anxiety

Wednesday 24th MarchBudgeting

Wednesday 31st March Travel

Wednesday 7th April Transition from child to adult services

 

 

For 16 – 25 year olds

Wednesday 3rd March 2021
7 - 8 pm
Wednesday 10th March 2021
7 - 8 pm
Wednesday 17th March 2021
7 - 8 pm
Wednesday 24th March 2021
7 - 8 pm
Wednesday 31st March 2021
7 - 8 pm
Wednesday 7th April 2021
7 - 8 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Monthly Social Activity Session for 25 year olds and over.

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

 

Activity List:

Friday 5th February – Open Forum – Social part: Ice Breaker – Get to know me (20 questions)

Friday 5th March – Anxiety & Communication – Social part: Celebrity Bingo

Friday 2nd April –  Sensory Sensitivities – Social part: Guess the Intro (Movie theme songs)

Friday 7th May – Relationships & Social Situations – Social part: Pictionary

Friday 4th June – Budgeting & Money Management – Social part: Quiz 

Friday 2nd July – Travel – Social part: Charades 

 

For adults aged 25 and over.

Friday 5th March 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Friday 2nd April 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Friday 7th May 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Friday 4th June 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Friday 2nd July 2021
7 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Saturday Night Gaming Club.

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.

Every week we meet on Zoom, begin with an ice-breaking question (what’s your favourite chocolate? Where’s your favourite place in the world?), then break into smaller groups, depending on how people are feeling – we have a ‘relaxed’ group, where the emphasis is on catching up and an ‘in it to win it group’ where the competition is fierce!

Our emphasis is on delivering a Saturday evening session where everyone is welcome in a friendly atmosphere. We look forward to meeting you!

Children & Young adults aged 11 – 19

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