EarlyBird is a three-month programme for parents whose child has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and is of pre-school age. EarlyBird Plus is for parents of slightly older children (aged four to eight). 

Training in the use of both EarlyBird programmes is available to professionals in the UK and internationally. Find out more about our licensed teams.


Training in the licensed use of the NAS EarlyBird programme takes place at the EarlyBird Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and lasts for three days.

Teams of at least two professionals who wish to train as licensed users must have prior experience of working with children with autism. Experience of running workshops or training sessions is also desirable, as the course equips professionals with the knowledge to deliver the NAS EarlyBird programme under licence for a three-year period but it is not a training for trainers course.

Training costs £995 + VAT (as of 1 April 2011).

The programme can be fitted into school terms, allowing teams the possibility of offering three programmes per academic year. Some agencies may wish to co-operate with other disciplines or authorities, either to train a joint team, or to offer the NAS EarlyBird programme as a service to families from a wider area.

EarlyBird Plus

'Add-on' training in the licensed use of the EarlyBird Plus programme is available for existing EarlyBird licensed users who hold a current three-year licence and have delivered at least one full EarlyBird programme. 

Training costs £550 + VAT (as of March 2008) and includes all training materials and a three-year licence.

Initial training

An initial three-day training course is now available to autism professionals who are not EarlyBird experienced. 

Training courses are held regularly at the EarlyBird Centre, Barnsley. The cost, which includes the initial training course and a three-year licence with support from the centre, is £995 + VAT (as of 1 April 2011).

As with the EarlyBird programme, two licensed users are required to deliver the programme, both of whom need to hold a current EarlyBird Plus licence.

Find out more

For an application pack and further details about becoming a licensed EarlyBird trainer, please contact the EarlyBird Centre

Provisional bookings can be made by telephone and will be held for up to 28 days pending receipt of a completed application form.