Trainer and EarlyBird delegates

Most parents seek advice on how to understand their autistic child. Helping parents to support their child in the early stages of life sets the foundation for children to experience the world around them better. The National Autistic Society has been supporting autism experienced professionals to offer parent programmes to families in their local area since 1998. 

What are the EarlyBird Parent Support Programmes?

  • EarlyBird Licensed Training is a three-month programme for parents whose child has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and is under five years.
  • EarlyBird Plus Licensed Training is a three-month programme for parents whose child receives a slightly later diagnosis (four-nine years).
  • Healthy Minds Licensed Training is a six-week programme for families with a child aged six to 11 years which focuses on emotional wellbeing and good mental health strategies.
  • Teen Life Licensed Training is a six-session parent support programme for parents of young people on the autism spectrum aged between 10 to 16 years.

 

The EarlyBird programme approach will help families to:

  • understand their child’s autism
  • improve communication with their child
  • develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur.

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- Accompanying professional on the EarlyBird Healthy Minds programme

 

EarlyBird Healthy Minds focuses on emotional wellbeing and good mental health strategies that can help children with autism to:

  • build self-esteem
  • increase confidence
  • reduce anxiety
  • develop resilience.

 

Following the launch of the EarlyBird programme, a small scale study was carried out with original families after they completed the parent programme. The research, published in the Good Autism Practice, illustrated the effectiveness of the programme. The research found that parents were less stressed at the end of the programme, were using less language with their child and scored as having more positive perceptions of their child’s autism.

As an autism experienced professional you can undertake our Licensed User training courses to deliver our autism specific parent programmes to families in your local area.

Licensed training to deliver any of the three EarlyBird programmes is available to autism-experienced professionals across the UK and overseas. View locations of current EarlyBird licensed training teams.

EarlyBird Licensed Training

In order to access the training you must:

  • be a team of at least two autism experienced professionals
  • have prior experience of working with autistic children  
  • have experience of running workshops or training sessions with parents or professionals.

Regular three-day licensed training courses take place at the EarlyBird Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Cost:  £1095 + VAT per person includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

Booking on to a scheduled course:

Individual places can be booked on one of our scheduled courses.  

21 - 23 May 2019. Barnsley

12 – 14 March 2019. Barnsley 

2 – 4 April 2019. Barnsley

EarlyBird Plus Licensed Training

In order to access the training you must:

  • be a team of at least two autism-experienced professionals
  • have prior experience of working with autistic children  
  • have experience of running workshops or training sessions with parents or professionals.

Regular three-day licensed training courses take place at the EarlyBird Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Cost:  £1095 + VAT per person includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

Existing EarlyBird licensed users who hold a current three-year licence and have delivered at least one full EarlyBird Programme can train and license to deliver EarlyBird Plus at a reduced rate.

Cost: £675 + VAT per person includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

Booking on to a scheduled course:

Individual places can be booked on one of our scheduled courses.  

30 April - 2 May 2019. Barnsley

25 - 27 June 2019. Sheffield Hallam University

Healthy Minds Licensed Training

Healthy Minds has been developed in response to recent evidence which indicated that a high percentage of children with autism are at risk of experiencing mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood. The programme aims to help minimise this risk.

In order to access the training you must:

  • be a team of at least two autism experienced professionals
  • have prior experience of working with children and young people with autism  
  • have experience of running workshops or training sessions with parents or professionals.

Regular three-day licensed training courses take place at the EarlyBird Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Cost:  £1095 + VAT per person includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

Existing EarlyBird / Plus licensed users who hold a current three-year licence and have delivered at least one full Programme can train on our two-day Healthy Minds licensed training course.

Cost: £675 + VAT per person includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

Booking on to a scheduled course:

Individual places can be booked on one of our scheduled courses.  

19 – 21 March 2019. Barnsley

Teen Life Licensed Training

To access the training you must:

  • be a team of at least two autism-experienced professionals
  • have prior experience of working with autistic young people  
  • have experience of running workshops or training sessions with parents or professionals.

Two-day licensed training courses take place at locations including the EarlyBird Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and other National Autistic Society venues.

Cost:  £675 + VAT per person includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

To book or find out more:

Cost

The cost of the two-day Licensed User training is £675 + VAT per person, inclusive of training materials and the initial 3 year licence. Subsequent 3 year licenses are conditional upon evidence of delivering at least 1 programme within the 3 year period and are currently charged at £90 + VAT per person. 

Booking onto a scheduled course

Individual places can be booked on one of our scheduled courses.  

27 and 28 March 2019. The National Autistic Society, London

19 and 20 June 2019. The Nottingham Sherwood Hotel

Details of the course timetable and travel directions will be sent when training places are confirmed. Please note that no firm booking can be made before receipt of a completed and approved application form and that cancellation of bookings may incur a cancellation fee.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and these should not be booked until you are in receipt of your offer pack.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please email training.enquiries@nas.org.uk for an information pack and an application form or contact the EarlyBird Centre on 01226 779218.

Booking an in-house course

We can also offer this Licensed User Training course at your venue. This will be subject to minimum and maximum numbers, and all applicants would need to fulfil the applicant criteria described above.

Please complete our Training enquiry form for costs and more information about this option.

To book or find out more

For an application pack and further details about becoming a licensed EarlyBird / Plus / Healthy Minds trainer, please contact the EarlyBird Centre: 01226 779218 or email training.enquiries@nas.org.uk

Booking an in house course

We can also offer the Licensed User Training courses at your venue. This will be subject to minimum and maximum numbers, and all applicants would need to fulfil the applicant criteria described above.

Please complete our Training enquiry form for more information and costs about this option.