EarlyBird autism parenting programme

This is a three-month programme for parents and carers of children who are five years old or under with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

The EarlyBird programme has been developed by The National Autistic Society to empower and support parents and carers of young children with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

It is a three-month parent programme, combining eight group training sessions with four home visits, where video feedback is used to help parents to combine theory with practice.

As an early intervention programme, the course doesn’t offer a cure, but will support you in developing the tools you will need to help your child reach their full potential. Please see the EarlyBird information leaflet.

What are the aims of programme?

  • To empower parents and carers.
  • To help parents and carers establish good practice.

What will we learn about?

The National Autistic Society EarlyBird approach will help you to:

  • understand your child’s autism
  • structure interactions to develop communication
  • develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage them.

Who can attend the programme?

EarlyBird is for families with children who are five years old or under with a diagnosis of ASD. Two places are allocated to each family. A maximum of six families can attend the group.

When and where are the sessions held?

The eight group sessions are held locally on the same day each week and only adults attend. Each session lasts two and a half hours. At the four home visits, the child will need to be present so that they can be filmed with a family member.

The programme will run regularly in various locations across Lambeth.

If you are interested, you will need to attend a parent information event where you can collect an application form. Places are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis in the order in which completed application forms are received.

For more information on dates of information sessions, please see the EarlyBird poster.

Who runs the programme?

The programme is run by two local professionals with experience and understanding of ASD. Trainers must have attended the National Autistic Society’s EarlyBird Centre and been awarded a licence to deliver the programme.

Other information

Each adult who attends will get:

  • their own EarlyBird workbook (with lots of information)
  • a certificate at the end of the programme.

There is a three-month follow-up session which you will need to attend.

Contact us

Contact the Lambeth EarlyBird team at earlybird@lambeth.gov.uk or Catherine Pearson (EY SEN Manager) on 07710026923.