The Family Programme provides information and advice to families of children and young people with autism up to the age of 18, in Scotland.   

The programme is run by The National Autistic Society Scotland, and free to families. It is based at Daldorch House School in Ayrshire and supports families in three ways:


Telephone helpline

Speak to one of our Family Programme facilitators for information or advice on a range of topics of interest to families. Call free on 0808 800 0075 (or via Daldorch House School on 01290 551666).

Parent seminars

Our seminars offer parents the chance to:

  • have a range of information on autism explored and explained
  • have time to consider their own child’s particular needs
  • identify strategies and approaches to support their child
  • meet other parents and share experiences.

Seminar topics

  • Understanding autism – an introduction to autism and an opportunity to share information and experiences
  • Sensory needs – explore the sensory systems and how sensory processing affects your child.
  • Managing anger – learn how to equip your child with the tools to communicate their own feelings.
  • Common toileting difficulties – practical advice on how to cope with common problems young people with Autism may experience.
  • Teen life – support your child during adolescence.
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Supporting siblings


Families can book up to two places on our one-day seminars. On the day, you'll receive a resource pack that includes useful information and advice.

Intensive guidance

Once families have had the chance to join our one-day seminars, we will offer a small number of families more intensive advice for up to six months. One of our facilitators will offer advice via phone, email and in the family home.

Contact us

The Family Programme Team
Tel: 0808 800 0075