Parents and Carers

The Communication and Interaction (C&I) Team may identify a way of contributing to the support that schools and settings provide to parents/carers of a child or young person who has C&I needs.  This may involve meeting with parents/carers on the school site and/or offering further advice in relation to particular C&I issues for their child.

In collaboration with schools and professionals from other disciplines, the C&I Team will also be involved in organising and delivering parent programmes such as Cygnet and Robins (in this case, specifically targeted towards families of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism). 

Parent programmes will be delivered in collaboration with schools and settings and will offer indirect support to them in terms of improving parental confidence and fostering positive relationships.
 
The C&I Team are a school based service, therefore, any direct involvement with parents/carers will be carried out in consultation with the school/setting.
 


Autism and Us Programme (formerly known as Autism Awareness Parent Programme)

The programme is for parents/carers of Devon primary and secondary school children, pre or post diagnosis. Access is for families of Children & Young People (CYP) who are currently on the autism assessment pathway, in addition to families of CYP who have received an autism diagnosis.

Is this course for me?

During and after a diagnosis parents and carers can have many questions about autism and may feel isolated in managing their child’s needs. Children’s needs also change over time, and information and advice received when a child is younger may need to be updated to be relevant for the child/young person today. Attending the Autism and Us Programme gives parents and carers an opportunity to develop their understanding of autism and look at practical solutions to managing and supporting presenting needs.

4 weekly ‘live online’ sessions (approx. 2hrs each) related to the following topic/themes:

Autism and Us Programme

Topic Programme 2 (1 - 3 pm) Programme 3 (10 - 12 noon) Programme 4 9.30 - 11.30 am)
Autism Overview 27 April 6 May 22 June
Communication  4 May 13 May 29 June
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour 11 May 20 May 6 July
Sensory  25 May 27 May 13 July

 

Apply direct by email to: LDP-LearnerSupport@babcockinternational.com

Once engaged in the programme we will maintain contact on a weekly basis to invite any questions you may have related to programme topics and signpost you to additional resources and themes to support your learning.


Additional Topic-Based Workshops (delivered live online)

For parents/carers to choose from, based on the priority needs for their child/young person and desired knowledge and further understandin in these topic areas.

Topic-Based Workshops for Parents

Date time Topic
16 March 1 - 3 pm Autism - Girls
26 April 9.30 - 11.30 am Autism - Commuinication (pre/non verbal - support strategies)
16 May 12.30 - 2.30 pm Autism - Communication (verbal - support strategies)
24 May 9.30 - 11.30 am Autism - Managing Stress and Anxiety
15 June 9.30 - 11.30 am Autism - Demand Avoidance and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
8 July 9.30 - 11.30 am Autism - Vulnerability and Online Safety
28 July 9.30 - 11.30 am Autism - Sensory Processing and Integration

Apply direct by email to: LDP-LearnerSupport@babcockinternational.com

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