EarlyBird Plus courses for Parents and School Staff

EarlyBird Plus is a six-session course for parents and carers of autistic children aged 4 to 9 and members of school staff who support their children.

It aims to help them to understand more about autism and autistic children of primary school age and their behaviour, discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support them.

Developed by the National Autistic Society with input from parents and autistic young people, 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: A six-week EarlyBird Plus course for parents and carers living in the East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group area (the Bracknell Forest, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead council areas) will begin on Monday, November 9. Sessions will run from 10am to 11.30am on Mondays until December 14. It is open to parents and carers whose children have an autism diagnosis or are on the NHS waiting list for a Berkshire CAMHS autism assessment.

  • To take part in this course, you will need to contact the East Berkshire CCG area autism support contractor, GEMS4Health, by calling 01753 373244 or 0800 999 1342 or by email at gems.4health@nhs.net – GEMS’ staff will take your details and make a booking on the course for you.

Another EarlyBird Plus course will be starting in January 2021.

Please note that these courses are currently taking place online, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have any questions about the content of the EarlyBird Plus course, please contact the Autism Berkshire family support team on 01189 594 594 (option 1) or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

  • The Autism Berkshire staff leading the courses have all undertaken training with the National Autistic Society to become licensed EarlyBird Plus trainers.

“EarlyBird Plus is an absolute must to help you begin to learn and understand how your child’s mind works”

A parent who took the course with the National Autistic Society’s EarlyBird team