Courses for parents and carers

The Specialist Support Service runs courses for parents and carers of children and young people with autism or other special educational needs or disabilities.

Please see below a list of upcoming courses.

There can be high demand for many of our courses. If there are no places available on the course or workshop you require, please email us to register interest for a future workshop.

SSS@northamptonshire.gov.uk 

Type of course:
Workshop (interactive)​

Length of course:
2 hours every fortnight sessions for 6 weeks (3 sessions in total)

What the course will include:

The workshop is designed for parents and carers and the sessions will include understanding autism and how autism affects anger.

It will cover

  • how best to evaluate behaviours,
  • how to teach relaxation techniques
  • how to teach your child to understand what anger is and other different emotions.
  • how to communicate emotions

It will also look at creating individualised plans for each family that attends, specific to their child’s needs.

How to sign up:

You can find dates of the next available course and sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course

Type of course:
Workshop (interactive)

Length of course:
2 hours a week for 3 weeks

What the course will include:​

The workshop is designed for parents and carers and will provide information about anxiety in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), how it might affect them and why (this can include some challenging behaviours).

The course aims to improve the confidence of parents and carers in recognising and managing their child’s anxiety. We will help you to make an action plan, look at different strategies appropriate for your child and will look at ways that you can introduce these at home.

How to sign up:

You can find dates of the next available course and sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course

Type of course:
Workshop (interactive)​

Length of course:
2 hours a week for 2 weeks

What the course will include:

The workshop aims to help parents and carers:

  • understand more about difficulties surrounding food and ASD,
  • explore strategies and visual resources to support overcoming food and eating difficulties,
  • create bespoke resources to support positive change.
How to sign up:

You can find dates of the next available course and sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course

Type of course:
Workshop (interactive)​

Length of course:
Half day workshop (3 hours)

What the course will include:

The workshop is designed to help parents and carers:

  • gain a basic understanding of sensory processing,
  • consider how sensory processing relates to themselves and to their children,
  • understand the formula of sensory circuits and how to set one up.
How to sign up:

You can find dates of the next available course and sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course

These 6 week courses are for parents and carers of children with social communication difficulties and / or autism who live in Northamptonshire. 

Each session is 2 hours long and is held once a week for 6 weeks. We hope, through the course, to enable parents and carers to develop a range of support strategies for their child which can be used both at home and in their educational setting.

Reflections course
For parents and carers of children with social and communication difficulties and / or autism aged 7 years and under.

Spectrum course
For parents and carers of children and young people with confirmed diagnosis of autism aged 8 to 19.

How to sign up:
You can sign up to the next available course using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course

Type of course:
Workshop (interactive)​

Length of course:
A single 2 and a half hour workshop with a consultation appointment booked afterwards on a date that is arranged with the staff running the workshop

What the course will include:

The workshop is designed for parents and carers and will cover the sequencing of toileting, strategies to try and bridge the child's gaps or sticking points (including sensory) and show ways to attempt to move the sequence on from the child's own starting point.

We cover the sequence from start to finish, we break it down into each step and discuss the barriers that might be encountered related to that step and ways to try and overcome them.

How to sign up:

You can find dates of the next available course and sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course

Type of course:

Workshop/Consultation

Length of course:

1 hour session per family

What the course will include:

This is a one hour consultation for the parents or carers of children or young people who wish to discuss matters relating to puberty. Puberty and adolescence can be a challenging time for young people and for those who care for them. Communicating information relating to the changes in one’s body, how to keeps one’s self safe and how to understand the sometimes tricky ‘do’s and don’ts’ of being a teenager can be difficult for a parent or a carer. In this session we aim to share resources and information on how to approach these topics with your child and to discuss any specific concerns or worries that you may have about your child’s physical, social or sexual development.

How to sign up:

You can find dates of the next available course and sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

Book course 

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