Parents and Carers

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

Select a link below to find out more about the individual service we offer.

Services

Daytime Drop-In

When:  Wednesday & Friday (term time only)
Time: 10.30am till 12.30pm
Childcare: Crèche Available
Cost: Suggested donation £1
Contact: Family Support Team

Evening Drop-In

When:  Third Monday of Each Month
Time: 7.00pm till 9.00pm
Childcare: No crèche provided
Cost: Suggested donation £1
Contact: Family Support Team

    • The drop-in 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.
    • Open to everyone and allow meeting other parents/carers in a similar situation.
    • At least three members of the team are available to provide support during each daytime session and two in the evenings.
    • Themed mornings are occasionally held (details provided on the web or via social media).
    • Drop-ins provide the opportunity for parents/carers to relax in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

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.

When:  Clinic (Contact for dates)
Time: 
Criteria: Members only. The clinic is for parents of children up to age 14 in mainstream school (usually without an EHCP).
Contact: Lynne Laverty

    • A behaviour support clinic facilitated by an autism specialist teacher. (Appointment Only).

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: Minoo Noor

 

    • 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.

When: By appointment only
Criteria: CAAS Members only
Cost: Sleep Workshops will be £30 with up to 6 weeks ongoing support
Contact: Lynne Laverty / 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 on-going support whilst they implement a sleep programme.
    • Depending on the circumstances, individual sleep support will also be offered without workshop attendance.

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 5 years.

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 2019-2020 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

Tue 26

Online Adult ADHD Group (Daytime)

26 May @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 26

Virtual Girls Group for Existing Attendees

26 May @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 27
Jun 03

Daytime Drop In Support Group

3 June @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm