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Understanding My Autism: Empowerment Course for Children and Young Teens

Join us for a transformative 6-week group course designed to empower autistic children and young teens. Through interactive sessions, participants will explore what Autism means to them, identify strategies to support their well-being, articulate their needs, and celebrate their uniqueness. A diagnosis of Autism is required.

Course Details:

Ages 7-11:

  • Online Sessions: Thursdays, 4.30-5.30pm
  • Start Date: June 6th 
    • Duration: 6 weeks

    Ages 11-13:

    • Face-to-Face Sessions: Abbots Langley, Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm
    • Online Sessions: Thursdays, 4.30-5.30pm
    • Start Date:  June 4th (Tuesdays in Abbots Langley), June 6th (Thursdays Online)
    • Duration: 6 weeks

    Application Process:

    To apply, please complete the form here and indicate your preferred course. Due to limited spaces (maximum of 8 children per group), early application is encouraged and we are happy for parental support throughout the course. For the full benefit, participants are expected to attend all 6 weeks. The deadline for submission of referrals is end of Friday 17th May. 

    About the Pilot Project:

    This initiative is part of a wider pilot project commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and the NHS. In addition to our courses, they have commissioned a number of different options to support children and young people in understanding their neurodivergence. More information is available on the HCC website here

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to empower your child in understanding and embracing their Autism journey. 


    Do parents/carers need to stay for the face to face course?

    Ideally parents and carers will stay at the venue, although not necessarily in the room, for all the face to face sessions. Where possible we will provide an area for parents to wait, but please note this may not always be possible. For some children and young people, it is anticipated that parents or carers may need to remain in the room to ensure that the young person feels safe and anxiety is reduced.

    Please avoid bringing other children to the sessions.

    What is the role of parents/carers in the online sessions?

    We anticipate that a parent/carer may need to play an active role in setting their child up on zoom for the session, ensuring they have all the resources required for the session, helping them to join in with activities as necessary and ensuring the young person is safe and doesn’t move away from the session onto other sites. For some children and young people, parents or carers may need to play more of an active role in the sessions to ensure that children are engaged in the session.

    How many trainers will there be?

    There will be 2 trainers in every session.

    What qualifications do the trainers have?

    Our trainers have a wide range of professional qualifications and backgrounds, including a number of teachers. All our trainers are trained to deliver ADD-vance specialist content and have a diverse array of training qualifications in the field of neurodivergence. All of our trainers are parents to ADHD and/or autistic children and many are ADHD and/or autistic themselves.
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