Regular Courses

Understanding Autism

New dates set for September 2019! including a new 3 week Saturday course for families with young people in High School

Understanding Autism is an 8-week 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 Supporting 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.

The course is held three times per year. It costs £35.00 for individuals, £60 for a couple. Please email Lynne Laverty for further information.

Living with ADHD and Autism for Teens

New dates set for September 2019, please contact below to find out more!


This eight-week course looks at the challenges and development of teenagers as well as the impact of having ADHD and/or autism.  It aims to begin to identify what is typical teen behaviour and what is neurodiversity.


It will address issues such as peer pressure and the stresses teens face. It aims to help the parents to improve the young person’s self-esteem, communicate more effectively and help them to manage their anger and frustrations better. Parents and carers will have a chance to explore issues that are affecting them as a family as well as offering skills to support their young people into independence. It takes the time to explore ADHD, ASD and other related conditions in a safe and non-judgemental environment and to discuss and share ideas with others in a similar situation.


The course costs £40.00 for members (£70.00 per couple for members). A creche will be provided free of charge for Harrow residents. However, a deposit will be required to secure a place.

Living With Teens courses are run on an ad-hoc basis when we have funding. If you are interested in this course please email Therese Glynn and she can contact you when we set the next dates.

Living with ADHD and Autism

New dates set for September 2019, please contact below to find out more!

This supportive 10-week course is designed to help parents understand the behaviours that may occur when their child has a diagnosis of ADHD and/or autism. We look at giving an understanding of ADHD and autism, while giving parents/carers are given an opportunity to work on difficult issues in a safe and nonjudgemental environment


The course focuses on building self-esteem in our children as well as exploring effective communication - ours as well as theirs. We also look at understanding and managing emotions including dealing with anger. The course looks at the importance of setting limits and boundaries.


The course runs three times per year and lasts for 10 weeks. It costs £45.00 for members (£75.00 per couple for members). For daytime courses creche can be provided free of charge for Harrow residents. Creche may be available for those from other local authorities but will have to be paid for by the family. There will be no creche facility for evening courses.

The course runs three times per year starting in January, April and October. It will alternate daytime and evening. For further information, please email Therese Glynn.

123 Magic - Managing Difficult Behaviour

A four session programme to teach you effective and well-researched ways to manage difficult behaviour in children 3-12 years. This course is designed to help parents and carers to:

• Increase knowledge about what works in managing difficult behaviour and what doesn’t
• Lessen feelings of frustration
• Get better results with less effort and stress when dealing with conflict

Dates for the next course will be announced shortly. For further information, please email Minoo Noor or call her on 020 8429 1552.

CALMS Training

CALMS is a new course for young people in Year 8, 9 or 10. It will help them find new ways to have a positive experience of living with ADHD and/or autism.  Being hyperactive is not necessarily a bad thing, it's great to have lots of energy and this course can show you how to channel that energy in a good way.

The course runs for 6 weeks. For further information, please email Blaise McDonald or call her on 020 8429 4194.

WhyTry

The WhyTry course is an interactive programme that helps young people to overcome their challenges and develop skills to support their behaviour and learning.

WhyTry teaches critical social and emotional principles to young people using a series of pictures (visual analogies), music and physical activities. Topics include:


• Anger Management
• Problem Solving
• Dealing with Peer Pressure
• Living Laws and Rules
• Building a Support System
• Motivation and Resilience
• Having a Vision for their Future

The course is aimed at 13-15year olds with ADHD. This course is less suitable for autistic young people. For further information, please email Blaise McDonald or call her on 020 8429 4194.