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

Face to face delivery

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.

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

To be confirmed



10am -12.30pm




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NAS (National Autistic Society)


Teen Life

Face to face delivery


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 and support autistic young people.

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

To be confirmed


10am to 12.30pm



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Managing Anxiety

Face to Face

Hosted by The Autism Group:


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

For parents & carers to support primary & secondary school aged children & young people.

Maidenhead:

Thursday 10th November 2022

Fully booked - wait list only


10am - 12noon

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Adolescence

Face to Face delivery

Hosted by The Autism Group:


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

For parents & carers of young people aged 10 upwards.

Maidenhead:

Thursday 29th September 2022

Fully booked - wait list only


6.30 - 8.30pm

Book here

Adolescence

Virtual delivery

Hosted by The Autism Group:


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

For parents & carers of young people aged 10 upwards.

Thursday 8th December 2022

630 - 8pm

Book here

Supporting Siblings

Virtual delivery


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 to support primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

New dates TBC

10 - 11.30am

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Supporting Siblings

Face to face delivery


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 to support primary and secondary school aged children and young people.

Slough: Thursday 24th November 2022

10am - 12 midday

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Sensory Processing

Virtual delivery


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.


Monday 3rd October 2022

Fully booked - wait list only

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Over 5's Pre & Post Assessment Course - Autism

Virtual delivery

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


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

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

Wednesday 9th November 2022 x 3 weeks

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Under 5's Pre and Post Assessment Course - Autism

Virtual delivery

Hosted by Parenting Special children:


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

For parents and carers supporting children under 5 years of age.

New dates TBC

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Pre and Post Assessment Workshop - Sleep and Autism/ ADHD

Virtual delivery

Hosted by Parenting Special Children:


Discussing difficulties around sleep.


For Parents & carers supporting a child or young person.

Monday 10th October 2022

7 - 9pm

Please call or email GEMS to book

Pre and Post assessment Workshops - ADHD

Virtual delivery

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 supporting children & young people.

Tuesday 15th November 2022 x 3 weeks

7 - 8.30pm

Please call or email GEMS to book.

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 supporting a child or young adult.

Monday 31st October 2022

10 - 11.30am


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Girls and Autism

Face to Face Delivery

Hosted by The Autism Group:


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

For parents & carers to support primary and secondary school aged girls and young women.

Bracknell:

Thursday 20th October

10am - 12midday

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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 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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