What Do I Do Now? 6-Week Course for Parents New to Autism in Bristol, Western Room, Wednesday, 06. November 2019

Are you a parent or carer, living in Bristol who has a child awaiting assessment or who has recently been given a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder?
Bristol Autism Support has created this course especially for you. How can you help your child? What benefits can you claim? How can you manage challenging behaviour? Who can help you with school issues? Over the course of six weeks, you will learn about all of these things and more.

Week 1 - 6th November: Autism 101We'll introduce ourselves and have an overview of autism. What is autism? What causes it? How may it impact on social communication and interactions? We'll share some of the issues our children experience and discuss strategies for helping your child. 

Week 2 - 13th November: Benefits, funding and supportThis week we will have a long look at what benefits you can claim and what support is available in Bristol for you, your child and your family. There's more out there than you think! We'll also discuss various funding opportunities and how to find them.
Week 3 - 20th November: How to talk about autismHow do you to talk to your child about autism? How do you tell friends and family about your child's needs? How can you help siblings understand your autistic child's issues?
Week 4 - 27th November: Educational issues and supportSchool support is perhaps one of the most complex issues parents and carers of children with autism ****. This week we will cover who and how to ask for help and how to support your child at school.
Week 5 - 4th December: Challenging behaviourSome autistic children can present behaviour that challenges. This can include aggression, meltdowns, tantrums, self-harm, running away, eating problems and other issues. We will discuss these and offer solutions and how you, your child and your family can manage and recover from challenging situations.
Week 6 - 11th December: Finding the new 'normal'In our final session we will take a look at how you and your family can plan successful outings and holidays. Having a child with ASD may mean you have to change your lifestyle from what you expected and/or hoped it would be. We will talk about the emotional aspects of this and how to plan, where to go, what to do and how to manage situations that don't go to plan. There are several autism-friendly activities around; do you know about them? We'll also talk about how to find time for yourself and the importance of self-care.

The cost for this course is just £60 for the whole six weeks. You may bring an additional family member (note, this MUST be a family member, eg a partner or someone who regularly cares for your child) for £20.

What Do I Do Now? Course FAQs:
When is it? 10am - 12pm on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November, 4th and 11th December
Where is it? At Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle BS4 1NL.  click here for map 
What is the cost? £60 per person. An additional family member may join you for £20.
Is there parking? Yes, and on-street parking as well.
I am really, really shy.  Do I have to talk to anyone? No. If you don't want to speak, simply hold your hand up.
What do I need to bring? Just yourself. You will be given a course folder, pen and pad when you arrive. We will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks at each session.
Do I need to print my Eventbrite ticket? No, we will have a guest list to tick your name off of.
I want to come to this but I can't afford it. What can I do? Email us and we'll confidentially work something out.
I still need more information... Email us and we'll help you!

Your Presenter

This course has been written and created by Kate Laine-Toner, founder and Chief Executive of Bristol Autism Support. Kate has been helping parents and carers navigate their way through autism parenting since 2012. 

Wednesday, 06. November 2019, Western Room, What Do I Do Now? 6-Week Course for Parents New to Autism in Bristol

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