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Learning and development

Achieving for Children (AfC) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

AfC run a variety of courses for professionals working in the broad field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). If you type 'Autism' in the search bar on the AfC CPD Online website (opens a page on an external website) you can find out more details about Autism-specific training opportunities.

Find out more details about AfC CPD courses (opens a page on an external website)

National Autistic Society (NAS) 'EarlyBird' courses for families

EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus are National Autistic Society (NAS) licensed programmes for parents.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) EarlyBird programme has been developed to support parents of pre-school children who either already have or are ‘on the road to’ a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and is of pre-school age (not yet of statutory school age).

The programme aims to support parents in the period between diagnosis and school placement, empowering and helping them facilitate their child's social communication and appropriate behaviour in their natural environment. It also helps parents to establish good practice in handling their child at an early age, so as to pre-empt the development of inappropriate behaviours.

Find out more details about EarlyBird (opens a page on an external website)

Barnardo's Cygnet Training

These courses are designed for parents or carers of children and young people aged 8 to 16, with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The course aims to improve participants’ confidence in managing the challenges faced when raising a child with ASD. 

The Cygnet programme covers  - What is autism?, communication, sensory issues, understanding and managing behaviour and siblings. This programme is over seven weeks for two and a half hours each session.

Find out more details about Barnardo's Cygnet Training (opens a page on an external website)

The Happy in School (HIS) Project (opens a page on an external website) programme is for parents of children diagnosed (or pre-diagnosis) on the autism spectrum attending a mainstream primary school. HIS is a six-week programme, delivered through a series of interactive and dynamic workshops, the H.I.S. Project will provide you or your organisation with practical skills and knowledge you can put into practice immediately with the children in your care.

This service is not offered or funded by Achieving for Children. Express CIC is able to offer a limited number of free places (donations welcome) on the workshops at Express CIC Offices, 452 Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 7EL.

If you’re looking for techniques and tips to stay on top of what’s going on at school and would like a place on the workshops
contact with your name, contact details, age of child and postcode
(you must be able to attend all the workshops) 

Yorda Adventures

Yorda Adventures, based in Kingston, run a variety of projects that seek to support families who have children with disabilities. They also offer high quality training to those wishing to develop their work with children and young people, whether they are working in the mainstream or with children who have special needs. Training and consultancy includes ASD Awareness, Sensory Environments and reinforcing ASD - friendly policies amongst other subjects.

Find out more about Yorda Training and Consultancy (opens a page on an external website)

NAS training for professionals

The NAS run many types of training and consultancy opportunities for professionals, including a variety of scheduled training events; courses run at your venue tailored to your organisation's needs; a consultancy service that works with you to find creative solutions and a comprehensive range of online training modules.

Find out more details about NAS training for professionals (opens a page on an external website)

Ambitious about Autism: training and consultancy opportunities

This charity delivers training for both parents and professionals, and offers a bespoke outreach and consultancy service. 

According to Ambitious about Autism, "Raising awareness and understanding of autism is critical to ensuring children and young people with autism can learn, thrive and achieve and our training programme is just one way we achieve this".

Find out more details for Ambitious about Autism training (opens a page on an external website)

​The curly hair project

The curly hair project (CHP) is a social enterprise based in the UK, which aims to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their loved ones. All their work is based on personal, real life examples and experience. CHP often visit our local area to hold seminars and training events. They also provide evening webinars on a variety of subjects.

Visit the curly hair project website (opens a page on an external website)

Purple Ella

Purple Ella is a YouTuber, blogger, consultant and public speaker. Her primary focus is autism. Ella is an autistic woman and the mother of two autistic children and as such belongs to a very autistic family.

Since being diagnosed with autism, aged 36, Ella has been researching, writing, consulting and speaking about autism in hopes of making life better for autistic people.

Purple Ella delivered a workshop on "Girls and autism" at the 2018 SENCo Conference held in Twickenham.  

Visit the Purple Ella website (opens a page on an external website)