Teen Life is a six-session course for parents and carers of autistic young people aged 10 to 16 and accompanying members of school staff who support their children.
It aims to help them to understand more about autistic teenagers, discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support autistic young people.
Developed by the National Autistic Society with input from parents and autistic young people, the course covers topics including self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, understanding an autism diagnosis, puberty, independence, special interests and education and planning for the future.
The course aims to promote a consistent approach across settings such as home and school, so parents and carers are encouraged to attend the sessions with an education professional who is working regularly with their child, if possible.
Forthcoming courses: If you would like to take part in a course, please email an expression of interest and your telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our family support team will then contact you for an informal discussion, to make sure that the course is appropriate for you and to talk about the involvement of a member of staff from your child/children’s school, and let you know when courses are running. These are currently taking place online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If you have any questions about the Teen Life course, please contact the Autism Berkshire family support team on 01189 594 594 (option 1) or email email@example.com
The Autism Berkshire staff leading the courses have all undertaken training with the National Autistic Society to become licensed Teen Life trainers.
“What a course! I would strongly recommend this programme. I have gained so much knowledge and confidence that I am ready to face the future a lot more positively”A parent who took the course with the National Autistic Society’s Early Bird team