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.


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 by emailing: gems.4health@nhs.net or calling 0800 999 1342 to book your place.

Please note that bookings will close when sessions are fully booked / or two days before a session

Workshop Title

Course Description

Target Audience

Dates

Time

Booking

NAS (National Autistic Society)


EarlyBird Plus



A 10 week course

Hosted by GEMS & The Autism Group:


The National Autistic Society licensed Early Bird Plus is a course for parents & carers of autistic children aged 4-9.

For parents & carers of primary school aged children.

Slough:

Tuesday 10th January 2023 for 8 weeks plus 2 home visits



10am -12.30pm




Book here

NAS (National Autistic Society)


Teen Life



A 6 week course


Hosted by GEMS & The Autism Group:


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 & support autistic young people.

For parents & carers of children aged 10 to 16 and the accompanying members of staff who support their children. (family workers or teaching assistants)

Slough:

Wednesday 11th January 2023 for 6 weeks


10am to 12.30pm



Book here

Managing Anxiety


Hosted by The Autism Group:


What to do when worries take over. Looking at what causes anxiety and some tried & tested strategies to tackle it.

For parents & carers of primary & secondary school aged children.

Slough:

Thursday 9th February 2023


10am - 12pm

Book here

Adolescence


Hosted by The Autism Group:


Understanding & responding to the challenges & changes for parenting & caring for autistic teenagers

For parents & carers of secondary school aged children.

Bracknell:

Thursday 16th March 2023


10am - 12pm

Book here

Supporting Siblings



Hosted by The Autism Group:


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

For parents & carers of primary & secondary school aged children.

Online:

Thursday 23rd February 2023

6.30 - 8pm

Book here

Sensory Processing



Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


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

For Parents & carers of primary & secondary school aged children.


Online:

Monday 27th February 2023

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Over 5's Autism Course


A 3 week course

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


This course runs for three consecutive weeks & covers, challenges & concerns, signposting, managing anxiety, challenging behaviour & strategies.

For parents & carers supporting children over the age of 5.

Online:

Wednesday 11th January 2023 for 3 weeks



7 - 9pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Under 5's Autism Course


A 3 week course

Hosted by Parenting Special children:


This course runs for three consecutive weeks & covers, myths and facts, sensory processing, anxiety, communication, de-escalating & supporting emotions.

For parents & carers of children of pre school age up to 5 years of age.

Online:

Wednesday 22nd February 2023 for 3 weeks

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Sleep - Autism & ADHD


Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


Discussing difficulties around sleep.


For Parents & carers of pre school, primary & secondary school aged children.

Online:

Monday 20th February 2023

7 - 9pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

ADHD Course


A 3 week course

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


Session 1: Provides an insight into what ADHD is. Learn about the challenges & 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 & how to manage these.

For Parents & carers of primary & secondary school aged children.

Online:

Tuesday 17th January 2023 for 3 weeks


or


Online:

Tuesday 14th March 2023 for 3 weeks

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book.

Girls & Autism

Hosted by The Autism Group:


A look at the behaviours & challenges that may be experienced by autistic girls

For parents & carers of primary & secondary school aged children

Maidenhead:

Thursday 19th January 2023

10am - 12pm

Book Here

Autism & Food

Hosted by GEMS:


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

For parents and carers of pre school, primary and secondary school aged children.

Online:

Tuesday 13th December 2022

10-11.30am


Book Here

Home Visit Service Autism Support

A virtual or face to face visit offering one to one tailored support for those requiring additional support.

Priority criteria for home visit service:


  • Have a very recent diagnosis for their child/young person
  • Do not have access to IT
  • Have English as a second language
  • Have hearing or vision impairment
  • Parents/carers who are Autistic themselves
  • Have difficulties with group settings



Virtual or Face to face home visit option

Please call or email GEMS to book

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