The National Autistic Society (NAS) Early Bird Programme is a three-month programme designed to help you understand your child’s autism and find ways to communicate, interact and generally make contact. Parents will learn how to understand a child’s behaviours, to pre-empt and cope with problems.
The scheme was designed by the NAS. They have trained and licensed more than 180 teams to operate the programme in the British Isles.
Up to two parents (or carers) from the family commit to a weekly group training session of about two-and-a-half hours for about eight weeks. plus individual home visits for three weeks. The group sessions involve up to six families at a time. For more information click on the icon below.Early Bird is for the parents of a pre-school child with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
For parents of a child who meets all three conditions below there is EarlyBird Plus:
- Received a later diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Aged 4-8
- In Early Years or Key Stage One provision
The NAS Early Bird Plus programme involves eight weekly group sessions, again of about two-and-a-half hours, plus two home visits during a three-month period with a follow-up session three months after the program ends. Two places on the course are allocated to each family, with a third place available for a professional who works with the child, e.g. a classroom support assistant, or speech and language therapist, nursery nurse etc.
The Early Bird Plus programme is only available in some areas of the country, but Lincolnshire has both programmes. It is delivered by professionals who have been trained by the NAS. The programmes are held at various locations in the county to meet the local
demand. For more information click the same icon above and scroll down.
EarlyBird Plus is run by Specialist Teaching and Applied Psychology Service in Lincolnshire. 01522 554673 EP_Admin_LincolnBase@lincolnshire.gov.uk Click icon for more information and an application form.
Looking for something a bit more casual? If your child is pre-school you could try KIDS’ Crèche first.