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 immediate post autism diagnosis programme

(ages 4 to 9)

6 week online Course. All 6 sessions need to be attended.

National Autistic Society licensed Early bird plus is a single session 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.

Parents and carers of children with autism aged 4-9.

Further dates TBC
10.00 am-12.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

NAS Teen Life post autism diagnosis

(ages 10 to 16)

9 week online course. All 9 sessions need to be attended.

Teen Life 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.

Parents and carers of children with autism 10-16 years.

Further dates TBC
10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Social Eyes

8 week online course. All 8 sessions need to be attended.

Social eyes is an 8 week virtual course for adults.

Social Eyes was developed by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with adults with autism and leading professionals.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

Adults aged 18 and over.

High alert – when anxiety strikes

One off session.

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
8th Jul 2021
10.00 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

What about me? Supporting siblings

One off session.

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.

11th Feb 2021
10.00 - 11.30 am
24th Jun 2021
6.30 - 8.00 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Adolescence

One off session.

 

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.

7th Jan 2021
10.00 - 11.30 am
20th May 2021
6.30 - 8.00 pm
16th Sep 2021
10.00 - 11.30 am
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Pre & Post Assessment workshops – ADHD

3 part course. All 3 sessions to be attended.

 

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.

8th, 15th & 22nd Feb 2021
7.00 - 8.30 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Sensory processing

One off session.

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
7.00-8.30 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.

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.

22 Jan 2021
10.00 - 2.00 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

Autism Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Workshop will cover essential life skills such as budgeting, meal plans, shopping, travel, training and coping with anxiety and sensory overload.

The Wellbeing workshop will be run as a rolling programme whereby new people can join at any time.

Adults in Bracknell Forest aged 18 +.

Girls and autism

One off session.

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
10.00 - 11.30 am
10th June 2021
6.30 - 8 pm
Call 0800 999 1342 to book your place

ADHD (adults)

Understand ADHD to develop social skills and confidence in a supported setting.

Adults with ADHD.

Autism (adults)

Understand autism to develop social skills and confidence in a supported setting.

Adults with autism.