Parents and Carers

CAAS has a range of services designed to support parents and carers of young people diagnosed with ADHD or autism.

Due to Covid-19, we are currently offering a mix of in-person and digital support options.  Please see each section for further information.

Services

All drop-in sessions are provided online via ZOOM until the end of 2020. We will be updating our information in the New Year as we learn of the changes to physical distancing. 

Daytime Wednesday Group

When:  Wednesday (term time only)
Time: Appointment only
Childcare: No crèche provided
Cost: Donations welcome
Contact: Family Support Team

Daytime Friday Group

When:  Friday (term time only)
Time: 10.30am till 9.00pm
Childcare: No crèche provided
Cost: Donations welcome
Contact: Family Support Team

Evening Group

When:  Third Monday of Each Month
Time: 7.00pm till 9.00pm
Childcare: No crèche provided
Cost: Donations welcome
Contact: Family Support Team

 

    • The group sessions are a great introduction to our services where you can meet the Family Support Team and explore the support we can provide for you and your family.
    • The groups provide the opportunity for parents/carers to relax in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
    • Places must be booked currently.  Please email [email protected] to book.

When: By appointment only.
Contact: The Family Support Team

    • A service designed to offer individualised support and advice. It might take the form of understanding letters or forms; planning for meetings, or support in attending appointments with health/social care/education.

    • Appointments may also be booked for specific parenting/care advice or for information on how to access help.

Daytime Group

When:  Friday (term time only)
Time: 10.30am till 12.30pm

Contact: Family Support Team

 
    • The group sessions are a great introduction to our services where you can meet the Family Support Team and explore the support we can provide for you and your family.
    • The groups provide the opportunity for parents/carers to relax in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
    • Please email [email protected] for the Zoom link to join.

The link to join is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/adhdandautismsupport

  • Please read group rules before posting.
  • The group is designed to give you the opportunity to share and gain support from other members

When: By appointment only
Criteria: CAAS Members only
Cost: Sleep Workshops will be £30 with up to 6 weeks of ongoing support
Contact:  Zeena Bishop

    • CAAS will be offering regular workshops to enable parents to gain a greater understanding of how to support children with sleep issues.
    • Workshop attendees will be offered up to 6 weeks of on-going support whilst they implement a sleep programme.
    • Depending on the circumstances, individual sleep support will also be offered without workshop attendance.

Courses

A 10-week course for parents/carers of children with ADHD or autism

When: Three times per year. Alternate daytime and evening.
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm or 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Childcare: Crèche available for daytime courses by arrangement only
Cost: £45 per person (£75 per couple)
Contact: Therese Glynn

    • A supportive 10-week course designed to help parents deal with the different behaviours that can occur with a diagnosis of ADHD, autism or other co-morbid conditions.
    • The course focuses on issues such as:
      • building self-esteem and effective communication with your children, as well as
      • dealing with feelings (theirs and yours).
      • Problems with labelling.
      • Consequences.
      • Setting limits and boundaries.
      • Anger management.
    • Both conditions are explained in-depth and parents/carers are provided with an opportunity to work on difficult issues in a safe and supportive environment.

A 10-week course for parents/carers of children with ADHD and/or autism.

When: Funding Dependent
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Childcare: Crèche available by arrangement only
Cost: £45 per person (£75 per couple)
Contact: Therese Glynn

    • A supportive 10-week course designed to help parents deal with the changes young people experience during adolescence along with the impact of having a diagnosis of ADHD and/or autism.

    • The course focuses on adolescent tasks, coping with emotional behaviour as well as looking at effective communication.

    • The course also concentrates on how to stay in charge whilst creating a safe and engaging environment for your young person to develop and gain independence.

An 8-session course (or 3 Saturdays) for parents/carers of autistic children.

When: Three times per year. Alternate daytime, evening and Saturdays
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm or 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Childcare: Crèche available by arrangement only
Cost: £35 per person (£60 per couple)
Contact: Lynne Laverty

    • Understanding Autism is an 8-session course that focuses on understanding our autistic children and looking at how we can best support them.
    • The course covers:
      • Introductory Session
      • Understanding Autism – an overview and an opportunity to learn from autistic adults.
      • Understanding Communication
      • Understanding Sensory Issues
      • Understanding Behaviour
      • Understanding and Managing Behaviour
      • Autism and the Family
      • Emotion Coaching and Self Care
    • The course is best suited to those who have a new diagnosis or who are going through assessment for their child but is open to other parents/carers who want to gain a better understanding.

An 8-session course (or 3 Saturdays) for parents/carers of autistic children. It follows the same format as the original understanding autism course but explores the challenges that adolescence and puberty may bring.

When: Three times per year. Alternate daytime, evening and Saturdays
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm or 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Childcare: Crèche available by arrangement only
Cost: £35 per person (£60 per couple)
Contact: Lynne Laverty

    • Understanding Autism is an 8-session course that focuses on understanding our autistic children and looking at how we can best support them.
    • The course covers:
      • Introductory Session
      • Understanding Autism – an overview and an opportunity to learn from autistic teens.
      • Understanding Communication
      • Understanding Sensory Issues
      • Understanding Behaviour
      • Understanding and Managing Behaviour
      • Autism and the Family
      • Emotion Coaching and Self Care
    • The course is best suited to those who have a new diagnosis or who are going through assessment for their child but is open to other parents/carers who want to gain a better understanding.

A 4-week behaviour management course.

When: Two times per year. May be daytime or evening depending on demand
Criteria: Parents with children aged 3 – 10 years
Childcare: Crèche available by arrangement only
Cost: £20.00
Contact: Therese Glynn

    • A four-session programme designed to give effective and well-researched ways to better support children to manage their behaviour.

    • Helps to increase knowledge about what works and what doesn’t, and to lessen feelings of frustration, resulting in better outcomes with less effort and stress.

    • Based on 1-2-3 Magic by Dr Thomas Phelan.

Workshops

  • Specialist workshops are held throughout the year. These are accessible to parents / carers/ professionals and individuals with a diagnosis of ADHD and/or autism.
  • Details are sent via email to members and are published on our website and social media.

Workshops to date have included speakers such as Phoebe Caldwell, Wenn Lawson, Rita Jordan, Olga Bogdashina, Luke Beardon, Dean Beadle, Jennifer Cook O’Toole, Geoff Evans, Mark Brown, Special Needs Jungle, Dr Liz Shea, IPSEA, The Children’s Sleep Charity and have covered topics such as Avoidant Eating, Sleep Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Engaging Individuals with Autism, Low Arousal Approach to Managing Challenging Behaviour, Sensory Issues. This list is by no means exhaustive and represents only a selection of what we offer.

  • Monday 7th December 2020, 1.00pm -2.30pm
    Location: Online

    We are thrilled that Dean Beadle is going to be coming back to CAAS to share his wisdom on managing anxiety, particularly during the lockdown and these strange times.

    He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this, he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism 'Autism in Practice' newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, London paper and NAS Communication magazine.

    Dean is honorary president of 'Autism Puzzles'- a parent-led charity in Cardiff, Wales.

    To attend the workshop or find out more, read more information and order your ticket on Eventbrite

  • Thursday 26th November 12.30 pm-3.00 pm
  • Typically the 3rd Thursday of the month.
    Location: Zoom  (a link will be sent) 

    We will be delivering a free workshop for parents of children (UNDER 16) who want to apply for DLA. We will cover:

    • Why apply for DLA?
    • How to apply for DLA?
    • Who qualifies for DLA (you do NOT need a formal diagnosis of Autism or ADHD to apply)?
    • What reports and evidence are needed?
    • Question by question advice to complete the form

    If you are interested in attending, please email Rachel Walker

Membership

Membership of Centre for ADHD & Autism Support has several benefits. You will be added to our mailing list and will be notified of all courses, workshops and other events we may run. In most cases, membership means you will be receive a discount on our specialist workshops. You will be able to access our lending library, and for Harrow residents, it also means you will be entitled to free babysitting or crèche places on any course we run.

Membership runs from 1st April to 31st March at a cost of £20 per year. We have maintained this price for over 6 years.  For 2020 Membership is discounted to £10 for the year and £6 for concessions.

Concessionary membership is offered at a reduced rate of £12 per year.

To apply for the concessionary rate you must be dependent on state benefit/pension or in full-time education (please send documentary proof with membership form).

As a concessionary member, you will receive the same benefits and entitlements as other members.

To apply for membership you can download the Membership Form 2020-2021 and return it to the office with payment.

Ways to pay for membership.

You can pay for membership by dropping cash or a cheque into the office, or via BACS with your name as the reference.
Sort Code: 30-99-86  Account No: 04216032.

Contact

Centre for ADHD & Autism Support
Reg No: 1080795
269 Field End Road, Eastcote, HA4 9XA
020 8429 1552
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Upcoming Events

Fri 20

Daytime Drop In Support Group

20 November @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed 25

Daytime Drop In Support Group

25 November @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed 25

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

25 November @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thu 26

DLA Workshop

26 November @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm