What Do I Do Now? 6-Week Course for Parents New to Autism, Western Room, Thursday, 05. November 2020

Are you a parent or carer who has a child awaiting assessment or who has recently (in the past year) been given a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder?
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 - 5th November: Autism 101
We'll introduce ourselves and have an overview of autism. What is autism? 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 - 12th November: Sensory issues  / How to talk about autismMost individuals with autism experience some sensory sensitivities. We'll discuss what these might look like and how you can help your child with their sensory needs. We'll also discuss how to talk about autism and who and how to ask for help for your child.
Week 3 - 19th November: Benefits, funding and supportThis week we will have a long look at what benefits you can claim and what support is available 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 4 - 26th 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 - 3rd 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 - 10th 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.
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What past attendees have said about this course
"I can't express just how absolutely, essentially important and transformational this course has been for my life."
"I have taken so much from this course! It was life-changing for me as a mum and I can't recommend it enough."
"Loads of useful info - I do feel I understand better now."
"Kate's style is extremely helpful - everyone's experience is welcome. I felt really looked after."
"Finally a course that really understands what it's like to be a parent of a child with autism!"

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 Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November and 3rd and 10th December 2020
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.
Is there childcare available? Unfortunately not. The training room is quite small and the building is not child-friendly. Children are not allowed at any of the training sessions.
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 Presenters
This course has been written and created by Kate Laine-Toner (left), founder and Chief Executive of Bristol Autism Support. Kate has a 10 year old autistic daughter has been helping parents and carers navigate their way through autism parenting since 2012. Kate presents the course with Helen Cornell (right). Helen is co-director of Bristol Autism Support and has extensive experience of supporting autistic children through working for BAS and also raising her own two sons, both of whom have ASD and ADHD.

Thursday, 05. November 2020, Western Room, What Do I Do Now? 6-Week Course for Parents New to Autism

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