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ASD Training & Support Directory

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions

The course aims to introduce learners to the rudiments of Autism Spectrum Conditions and provide some understanding and knowledge of the conditions.

On this course, you will learn about the following:

 To understand characteristics of Autism Spectrum conditions in children and young people.

  • To understand how communications and behaviour link

  • To develop strategies for identifying and managing behaviour

  • To explore available support networks

 As part of this wellbeing course, you will also take part in other activities aimed at helping you to develop a better understanding of your mental health.

Adults must be aged 19 or over from 1st August 2020 and be a Telford & Wrekin resident. 

Use the link  to access this course


The course is currently delivered on-line but will return to face to face learning once permitted

£     FREE

Early Bird ASD Training under 5’s

The programme aims to support parents in the period between diagnosis and school placement, empowering and helping them facilitate their child’s social communication and appropriate behaviour in their natural environment. It also helps parents to establish good practice in handling their child at an early age, so as to pre-empt the development of inappropriate behaviours

It will help you understand your child’s autism, get yourself into your child’s world, make contact, and find ways to develop interaction and communication; it will help you to learn how to analyse and understand your child’s behaviours and how to use structure, so you can pre-empt and cope with problem behaviours.

We work with six families at a time. Two places are allocated to each family. The programme lasts for three months and combines group training sessions with individual home visits, when video feedback is used to help parents apply what they’ve learnt. Parents will have a weekly commitment of a two and a half hour training session or home visit, and to ongoing work with their child at home.

The service is for families of young children under 5, and support can be given to parents/carers and professionals.



The Early Bird programme is currently being delivered remotely with an average of 6 families attending at a time.


Ellie Jehu (Administrative Assistant)

Shropshire Community Health Trust

Address: Monkmoor Campus, Woodcote Way, Shrewsbury, SY2 5SH

Tel: (01743) 730133

£     FREE

NAS Early Bird book is available to purchase

Early Bird ASD Training Age 4-9

Early Bird Plus is for parents whose child has received a later diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and is aged over four and under nine.

The programme addresses the needs of both home and school settings by ideally training parents/carers together with a professional who is working regularly with their child, the aim being that a child will be given consistent support. We work to build both parents’ and professionals’ confidence and encourage them to problem solve together. Parents are, of course, able to attend the programme without a supporting professional if their school are unable to release a staff member

Early Bird Plus uses the established Early Bird framework of teaching about autism before considering how to develop communication or manage behaviour.

The programme consists of eight group sessions, and two home visit weeks. A follow-up session is held three months after the programme.

We work with between three and six teams (parents and a local professional) at a time. Two places are allocated to each family with a third available for their local professional or another supporting adult.

The service is for families of children aged 4 – 9 years and key professionals working with the child.


The Early Bird+ programme is currently being delivered remotely with an average of 6 families attending at a time.


Ellie Jehu (Administrative Assistant)

Shropshire Community Health Trust

Address: Monkmoor Campus, Woodcote Way, Shrewsbury, SY2 5SH

Tel: (01743) 730133

£    FREE

NAS Early Bird book is available to purchase

Sharing Psychology & Supporting Parent Sessions

To work alongside parents of children diagnosed with, or suspected of presenting with ASD or presenting with social communication difficulties and awaiting assessment.  This is within the context of parents reporting being uncertain about ASD and how to support and ‘parent’ their child.  The collaboration is intended to increase confidence and competence via a supportive and collaborative process based upon ‘solution circles’ facilitated by a member of the EPS.

It is intended that this will aim to increase parental confidence and competence around in supporting their child’s needs within the home and community setting. children with ASD, through a process of sharing concerns and experiences, learning from the knowledge and experience of others, receiving advice and support from peers facilitated by a psychologist, as well as advice and input from the EP.  Sessions around particular areas of concern arising in the referrals will be developed and tailored to the needs of the community in discussion with PODS and the parents attending e.g. focus on parents of early years children or parents of teens, consideration of major life transition points, home routines, sleeping, eating, family relationships, sibling relationships, supporting and developing friendships, involvement in wider community activities, managing anxiety, supporting development of a self identity and understanding of ASD.

The service is for Children and Young People under 25, and support can be given to parents/carers and professionals (including school) in conjunction with a young person.


Sessions with an EP will be available each month to 20 parents or carers with referrals through PODS. Criteria for referral will be agreed with PODS.

Sessions will involve up to 10 parents in a group with an EP and will involve solution circles to learn from each other, as well as advisory EP input, and planned specific sessions in line with reported needs.

Access is via PODS - 0777 534 2092 or

PODs – Jayne Stevens/Elaine Pearce

Michael Lane or Claire McGuiggan via

£     FREE

The Solihull Approach Training – Understanding your child with additional needs

This online course is for parents with a child with additional needs. It is for parents, relatives and friends of children who may have a physical or learning disability or who may have autistic traits.


This course is in 2 sections. Level 1 lays the foundation for understanding your child. Level 2 looks at some particular aspects of parenting: sleeping and anger management, together with more about how we interact with each other. Understanding this can make it easier to work with your child's behaviour as well as supporting their development.

Training for practitioner and parents apply the access code: DARWIN18

£     FREE

Autism Education Trust (AET)

The AET programme offers high quality modular training and resources for education personnel.  This is to help ensure that autistic children and young people receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens. 


AET training is delivered by local trainers from the Early Years Advisory Teachers, Learning Support Advisory Team and Educational Psychology Service. 

•Making Sense of Autism is targeted at whole school staff including, administration colleagues, school governors and caretakers, as well as the teaching teams.

•Good Autism Practice is targeted at teachers and support staff who work directly with children and young people on the autism spectrum.

•Leading Good Autism Practice is targeted at early years and school leaders who can influence whole school development.

•Complex Needs and Participation is for specialist provision, or those teachers working directly with children with complex needs. 

Free materials are available on the AET website, after attending courses.  Including the Teachers’ Toolkit.

Training course for Adults working in mainstream and special schools.

Telford and Wrekin Council holds a licence to deliver the Early Years and School programmes.


Contact Details

01952 381045

SEND 0-25

Education & Corporate Parenting

Telford & Wrekin Council

6B/C Darby House

Lawn Central



£     Schools can commission the training from the SEND 0-25 team.

Early Years Settings can commission training from the Early Years Advisory Teachers, please enquire for costs.

PODS (Parents Opening Doors)

  • Parent Carer Forum: representing and involving parent carers of children and young people up to the age of 25 years, across Health, Education, Social Care and partners. / 0777 534 2092 / 01952 458047

  • Befriending Support: trained befrienders working with parent carers on an individual basis (direct contact or phone), to support with newly diagnosed and challenging times. / 07309 753044 / 01952 458047 

  • Family Groups: opportunities for families to come together during term time (parent carers) and holidays (whole families) to socialise, offer mutual support, access information and signposting. / 01952 458047

  • Information: sharing information to members via our weekly e-bulletins, social media, website and wider sources, signposting where appropriate, and sharing local knowledge and experience. / 01952 458047 

  • Inclusive Trips and Activities: range of opportunities throughout the year to bring whole families together. / 01952 458047

  • Sleep Support: Trained staff delivering sleep training over a number of weeks, specially developed for children with additional needs. / 01952 458047

  • LD&A Project: specific health led project to offer peer support to families in crisis or at risk of admissions - / 0777 534 2092 / 01952 458047

  • Disability and Inclusive/Acceptance Awareness Training: Delivering to groups and businesses where appropriate to support wider strategic 'short breaks' offers. / 01952 458047

PODS is for parent carers of young people aged 0 – 25 years with special educational needs, additional needs and disabilities (SEND)

Parents and schools can access the service by contacting PODS through their Facebook page, by email: through the Contact Us page and signing up to Become a Member

£     FREE

Telford SENDIASS Service

Telford SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides a service to parents/carers, children and young people living in Telford and Wrekin.  


  • SEND Training Workshops for parents/carers and young people

  • Young People Forum Shout Out for SEND

  • SEND Coffee Morning Sessions in schools

  • Drop-in Information Sessions, Parents/carers, young people

  • Support to increase confidence and understanding of SEND Processes.

  • Support for parents/carers to express their views, to participate fully in their child’s education.

  • Information available via Newsletters, social media, website  

Provides access to impartial information about Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND, health and social care for children young people, parents/carers.  

Contact details

01952 457176


Facebook:  IASS Telford and Wrekin

£     FREE

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