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.

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 / A day before a session

Workshop Title

Course Description

Target Audience

Dates

Time


NAS: EarlyBird Plus

– Virtual Delivery

An 8 week online course. (One 1.5 hr session a week)

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


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

For parents & carers to support autistic children aged 4 to 9

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Fully Booked

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


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

For parents & carers to support autistic children aged 4 to 9




More dates coming soon!







Fully Booked




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NAS: Teen Life

– Virtual Delivery

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

Hosted by GEMS & The Autism Group, Teen Life shortened version is a nine -session virtual course for parents and carers of autistic children 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 autistic people, 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 autistic young people.

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

More dates coming soon!




Fully Booked

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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 & The Autism Group, Teen Life is a six -session course for parents and carers of autistic children 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 autistic young people, 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 autistic young people.

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

More dates coming soon!



Fully booked



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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.

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic children and young people.

Thursday 23rd June 2022


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.

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic children and young people.

More dates coming soon!







FULLY BOOKED






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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 look at what causes anxiety and some tried and tested strategies to tackle it.

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic children and young people.

Slough:

Thursday 15th September 2022

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?

For or parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic children and young people.

Thursday 26th May 2022


6.30 - 8.00pm


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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?

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic children and young people

Thursday 22nd September 2022

10 - 11.30am

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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?

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic children and young people.

Bracknell
Thursday 7th July 2022


10am- 12pm


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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.

For parents & carers of young autistic people aged 10 upwards.


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Adolescence

-Virtual delivery

One off session.

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

For parents & carers of young autistic people aged 10 upwards

Thursday 14th July 2022

10 - 1130am

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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.

For parents & carers of young autistic people aged 10 upwards.


More dates coming soon!





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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.

For parents & carers of young autistic people aged 10 upwards

Maidenhead:

Thursday 29th September 2022

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 autistic girls.

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic girls and young women.



Thursday 8th September 2022



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 autistic girls.

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic girls and young women.

MAIDENHEAD: Thursday 9th June 2022






10 am - 12 pm






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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 autistic girls.

For parents & carers of primary and secondary school aged autistic girls and young women.

More dates coming soon!

tbc

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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.

For Parents & carers of children & young people with sensory processing difficulties.


More dates coming soon!



TBC


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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.

For 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


Please use the GEMS email below to book.

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.

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

More dates coming soon!



Please use the GEMS email below to book.

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.

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




Tuesday 5th, 12th, & 19th July 2022




7-830pm

Please use the GEMS email below to book.

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.

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

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





7 - 9pm







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Autism & Food - Virtual Delivery

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 5th July 2022

10am to 12pm

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Home Visit Service -Autism Support

A Virtual or face to face visit offering one to one tailored support.

Priority criteria for home visit service:


  • Have a child under 5 with a diagnosis or awaiting an assessment
  • Have a 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



Phone call or home visit option

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