08. January 2019 - 10:00
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What Do I Do Now? A 6-Week Course in Autism Parenting | The Quaker Meeting House | Tuesday, 08. January 2019

A six-week course for parents and carers of children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or are going through or awaiting assessment for autism.
This course takes place on six consecutive Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm. The course dates are 8, 15, 22 and 29 January and 5 and 12 February 2019.

Most parents and carers of autistic children have never had any experience of autism before their child's diagnosis. This can be a terrifying time, and very like being thrown into the deep end of a sea of worry, fear and information overload. 
This course has been developed by Bristol Autism Support, the premier information and support provider for parents and carers of children with autism in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. It is based on the experiences of thousands of parents and carers who have been through this process, overcome challenges and learned how to support their autistic child (or children) in a wide variety of situations, both at home and school.
Unlike free council-run courses, What Do I Do Now:

provides specific, practical information about support and help in and around Bristol
was created by a parent for parents and carers, and includes tips, ideas and solutions from other autism parents
includes a wealth of information that you would struggle to find on your own, as so much support is not well advertised
allows you to choose when you want to take the course, no waiting
is useful for any age of child

Following are the topics that will be discussed in-depth each of the six weeks. In addition to each week's topic, the group will have the opportunity to discuss their specific needs and concerns in a safe, confidential environment.
Week 1 - 8 January: Autism 101What is autism? What are the main challenges of autism? How can we best support our children?
Week 2 - 15 January: How to find supportAn overview of what support is available for your child, yourself and your family. Information about local support groups and organisations that can help with specific issues.
Week 3 - 22 January: Benefits and fundingWhat benefits can you claim? How can you find help with this? What funding is available for families with autistic children?
Week 4 - 29 January: Education issues and supportSchool support is perhaps one of the most complex issues parents and carers of children with autism ****. This week we will cover who and how to ask for help and how to support your child at school.
Week 5 - 5 February: Challenging behaviourSome autistic children can present behaviour that challenges. This can include aggression, meltdowns, tantrums, self-harm, running away, eating problems and other issues. We will discuss these and offer solutions and how you, your child and your family can manage and recover from challenging situations.
Week 6 - 12 February: Finding the new 'normal'Having a child with ASD may mean you have to change your lifestyle from what you expected and/or hoped it would be. This week we will talk about the emotional aspects of this and how to plan, where to go, what to do and how to manage situations that don't go to plan.

This course will be presented by Kate Laine-Toner, founder and Chief Executive of Bristol Autism Support. Kate has a 9-year old autistic daughter. Kate has a friendly, conversational presentation style that puts her audience at ease.

The Quaker Meeting House is fully accessible. There is a small car park next to the building, and plenty of on-street parking. This course will take place in the main hall, which is directly opposite the front door. This is the only group using the Meeting House on these days.

Cancellation and refund policy:
Cancellations made before 1 January 2019 will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made between 2 January and 8 January will receive an 50% refund. No refunds will be given for missed sessions. By booking this course you agree to this refund policy.