What Family Learning courses we offer and how to add a child to the waiting list for one.

Our Bristol Autism Team runs a range of courses throughout the year.

All our courses and seminars are run by trainers who have previously run National Autistic Society (NAS) family training courses.

The courses are free for families and carers. We offer face to face and online courses.

National Autistic Society (NAS) EarlyBird Programme for 2 to 5 year olds

The NAS EarlyBird Programme Go to https://www.autism.org.uk/earlybird (opens new window) is a 3 month course for parents and carers of children between 2 and 5 years old who are:

  • autistic
  • waiting for an autism assessment and have social communication and interaction needs

The NAS EarlyBird programme works with parents and carers to help them:

  • understand their child's autism, social communication and interaction needs
  • develop their child's communication and interaction skills
  • use and apply practical strategies to manage their child's behaviour

It combines:

  • group training
  • individual sessions for parents or carers
  • home visit sessions with the child and parent or carer

Parents and carers need to commit to:

  • a weekly 2.5 hour training session for 8 weeks
  • 2 home visits
  • ongoing work with their child during the 3 month programme

NAS EarlyBird Plus for 5 to 9 year olds 

EarlyBird Plus is a 3 month course for parents and carers of children aged 5 to 9 who are:

  • autistic
  • waiting for an autism assessment and have social communication and interaction needs

Parents and carers need to commit to:

  • 8 sessions, which are 2.5 hours long
  • 2 home visits

The course:

Teenage Life for 9 to 18 year olds

Teenage Life is a course for parents and carers of children aged 9 to 18  who are:

  • autistic
  • waiting for an autism assessment and have social communication and interaction needs

The 6 session course covers:

  • what autism is
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and education
  • local services and benefits
  • behaviour
  • relationships, puberty and sexuality

Each session is usually 3 hours. The course has a maximum of 10 families attending.

Each family can bring up to 2 family members, such as grandparents. You cannot bring:

  • the young person who is autistic
  • the young person's siblings, unless they're over 16

We also run sessions on other topics such as:

These workshops are open to parents or carers whose child is going through the diagnosis process or has social communication and interaction needs.

Add a child or children to the waiting list

Add a child to the Family Learning courses waiting list

You can add up to 4 children on the form.

Contact us

Email autismfamilycourses@bristol.gov.uk

Write to:

Family Learning Courses Admin Support Officer
Bristol Autism Team
Family Learning and Family Support Hub
Bristol Autism Team (CH)
PO Box 3399
Bristol
BS1 9NE