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Parent Training Sessions

Parent Basic ASD Training Sessions

The following courses are free of change. Parents will be invited on these courses by invitation when it is relevant.
Once the Autism Outreach Team receives confirmation of diagnosis you will automatically be sent out a letter inviting you to ring our office to be allocated a place on a relevant training session.

Parent ASD Awareness

Course Title: Parent ASD Awareness
Course Description:
This two hour course develops an awareness of Autism for parent/carers whose child has recently been given a diagnosis.
The course will cover:
Thought and behaviour – Difficulties with repetitive patterns of behaviour and rigidity of thought.
Language and Communication – How language and communication may differ in children with Autism
Social – Social interaction difficulties and how ASD children interact with others.
Sensory issues – How pupils with ASD may interpret the world in a different way through their senses and how sensory issues are often a trigger for behavioural issues.
Course Outcomes:
Help you understand your child's autism and explore ways to develop social interaction and communication.
Learn how to analyse and understand your child's behaviours and implement age appropriate strategies to support your child.
Consider difficulties within the mainstream education settings and how to best support your child with accessing it
Tutors:
Higher Level Specialist Support
Specialist Teacher
Venue:
Columbia Grange School

First Steps

Course Title:First Steps
Course Description:
First steps provide parents, carers and professionals with information, strategies and advice for childrenwith a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
First Steps is for parent/carers and accompanying professionals whose child has a diagnosis of autism.
Course Outcomes:
Help you understand your child's autism and find ways to develop interaction and communication; and learn how to analyse and understand your child's behaviours and how to use structure, so you can pre-empt and cope with problem behaviours.
Tutors:
Claire Tubman – Higher Level Specialist Support

Joanne Gibsin- Higher Level Specialist Support

Jan Raine – Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Rosie Walker - Manager, Autism Outreach Team
Venue:
Columbia Grange School- Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

Step Up

Course Title: Step Up
Course Description:
This programme has been devised to support parents of Year 6 pupils who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Step Up will run over 3 sessions and give an overview of the Autistic Spectrum and focus on communication skills and transition from primary to secondary education.
Course Outcomes:
Tutors:
Specialist Support Worker
Speech and Language Therapist
Venue:
Columbia Grange School

Jigsaw

Course Title: Jigsaw
Course Description:
The Jigsaw programme is an 8 week course which builds on teaching about Autism, how to develop communication and how to manage behaviour. It also addresses adolescence and transition from primary to secondary education. Jigsaw is for parent/carers and accompanying professionals whose child is attending secondary school.
Course Outcomes:
Help you understand your child's autism and explore ways to develop social interaction and communication.
Learn how to analyse and understand your child's behaviours and implement age appropriate strategies to support your child.
Encourage parents and professionals to work as a team to solve problems together.
Tutors:
Jan O’ Neil: Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist
Kate Heathfield: Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Leanne McCormick: Specialist Support Worker/ Specialist Teacher- Secondary Team
Venue:
Columbia Grange School

Speakeasy

Course Title: Speakeasy
Course Description:
Speakeasy offers a relaxed and informal way for parents and carers to get the confidence and knowledge needed to face those tricky talks and awkward questions about sex and relationships. Be able to talk positively about relationships and sex with your child according to their age and level of understanding.
The Speakeasy course is registered with the Open College Network Eastern Region (OCNER). This means that your time on the course and the work you produce can be used to gain OCNER credits. By the end of the course you'll have produced a portfolio of work which will be assessed. If your work meets OCNER standards you'll receive three credits at either OCNER Level 1 or 2.

Course Outcomes:
Feel comfortable taking on the role of 'sex and relationships educator' at home.
Understand the changes children go through during puberty.
Understand how to help children deal with pressure from media and advertising.
Have up-to-date information on contraception and sexually transmitted infections.
Tutors:
Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist
Specialist Support Worker/ Specialist Teacher- Secondary Team
Venue:
Columbia Grange School