Parent Workshops

Autism Support and Information Workshops for Parents

Autism Hampshire offers workshops for families of autistic children and young people, which are funded by the local councils.

The aim of each course is to provide insight, advice and support to family members of autistic children. Each session will explore a child’s unique experiences and suggest practical ways in which their differences can be accommodated and supported.

See below for specific courses


What will happen during the course?

The course consists of six workshops, lasting up to three hours, providing learning, support and advice on various aspects of being autistic during your child’s assessment, or following diagnosis. The sessions are usually led by an autistic trainer. The first part consists of a presentation after which there will be an opportunity for questions. The workshops are open to family members and others closely associated with the care and support of the child. Professionals may only attend in their capacity as parents or carers.

Each session will cover a different area with the aim of increasing understanding of your child’s perception of the world, and how this may show itself in how they react to everyday situations.

Schedule

Session 1 – Introduction to the Neurodiversity approach

Provides the foundation and context for the other sessions.

Session 2 – Autistic Thinking

Explores how differences in brain structure can generate some unique and individual styles of thinking, and offers practical advice on how to support some areas of difficulty.

Session 3 – Autistic Communication

Discusses autistic perspectives on the use and processing of communication and ideas for adapting interactive styles in order to respect and accommodate them.

Session 4 – Autistic Social Interaction

The focus is on rethinking social expectations and helping autistic people develop relationships in an authentically autistic way.

Session 5 – Autistic Sensory Perception

Demonstrates how atypical sensory perception is manifested in stims, how to interpret them, and suggests things to try in the absence of viable strategies created by the person themselves.

Session 6 – Behaviour

Demonstrates how accepting, understanding and adapting to how children and young people see the world can dramatically reduce anxiety and behaviours of concern.


The course is open to family members and others closely associated with the care and support of the child. Professionals may only attend in their capacity as parents or carers (except for CAMHS professionals). 

Course Dates for 2024 - coming soon

The current sessions are closed for new bookings, however, we hope to bring you more dates for 2024 shortly.

Please check your availability for all six sessions before booking.

Please be aware that we expect participants to attend and actively engage with all six sessions. A certificate will be issued on successful completion of the full course. In the event that you are unable to attend a session, please let us know in advance, where possible, at trainingadmin@autismhampshire.org.uk

These sessions will all be held virtually via Microsoft Teams, so you will need to have access to the appropriate technology, including camera and microphone. If you require any reasonable adjustments in order to attend, please contact us to discuss prior to the start of the course.

Any queries, please email: trainingadmin@autismhampshire.org.uk

This course is only open to parents/carers who live in the Hampshire County Council area or whose child attends an HCC school or doctors’ surgery. For those in Southampton, please see below for courses.

Unfortunately, we do not currently have any courses available for residents of Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight, but if this is you and you are interested in the above course, please contact us at trainingadmin@autismhampshire.org.uk, so we can let you know if anything becomes available in your area.


Course Dates

The current sessions are closed for new bookings, however, we hope to bring you more dates for 2024 shortly.

Please check your availability for all six sessions before booking.

Workshops will run as morning sessions (9:30am-12:30pm) and evening sessions (6-9pm).

Bookings will take place using Eventbrite through our website. Please note, you will need to create an Eventbrite account to be able to access the training.

Please be aware that we expect participants to attend and actively engage with all six sessions. A certificate will be issued on successful completion of the full course. In the event that you are unable to attend a session, please let us know in advance, where possible, at trainingadmin@autismhampshire.org.uk

All sessions will all be held virtually via Microsoft Teams, so you will need to have access to the appropriate technology, including camera and microphone. If you require any reasonable adjustments in order to attend, please contact us to discuss prior to the start of the course. 

Any queries, please email: trainingadmin@autismhampshire.org.uk

This course is only open to parents/carers who live in the Southampton City Council area or whose child attends an SCC school or doctors’ surgery. 

Course Dates -  2024/25

Please check your availability for all six sessions before booking. Workshops will run as morning sessions (10am-1pm) and evening sessions (6-9pm).

All sessions will all be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Bookings will take place using Eventbrite through our website. Please note, you will need to create an Eventbrite account to be able to access the training.


Group 1 Group 2
Online Online
Booking capacity: 30 Booking capacity: 30
Time: 10am-1pm Time: 6pm-9pm
Tuesday 7th May 2024 Tuesday 4th June 2024
Tuesday 14th May 2024 Tuesday 11th June 2024
Tuesday 21st May 2024 Tuesday 18th June 2024
Tuesday 4th June 2024 Tuesday 15th June 2024
Tuesday 11th June 2024 Tuesday 2nd July 2024
Tuesday 18th June 2024 Tuesday 9th July 2024
Group 3 Group 4
Online Online
Booking capacity: 30 Booking capacity: 30
Time: 10am-1pm Time: 6pm-9pm
Tuesday 3rd September 2024 Tuesday 28th January 2025
Tuesday 10th September 2024 Tuesday 4th February 2025
Tuesday 17th September 2024 Tuesday 11th February 2025
Tuesday 24th September 2024 Tuesday 25th February 2025
Tuesday 1st October 2024 Tuesday 4th March 2025
Tuesday 8th October 2024 Tuesday 11th March 2025


Book here

View and book all available courses via Eventbrite here.

Southampton Family Information Workshops 2024/25 Leaflet

Don't live in Hampshire? We can provide bespoke training courses for individuals or organisations. Find out more here.

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