Courses and support groups
There are courses for parents, carers and families who have a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum which help in understanding your child’s differences and how they may be experiencing the world.
All the courses are run as a partnership between local services including Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford Health NHS Foundation and the voluntary sector.
For parents, carers and families of children 5 years or under
Parent Information Session
If your child was diagnosed at the Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital, you will be invited to attend a two-hour Parent Information Session soon after the diagnosis. The session is run by a Speech and Language Therapist, an Occupational Therapist and a Family Support Worker from the local charity Autism Family Support Oxfordshire. The session is run regularly throughout the year, and provides information about autism, as well as the opportunity to meet other parents.
The PUFFIN Programme
Purposeful Family Focussed Intervention (PUFFIN) (pdf format) is a five-week course for parents, carers and families who have a child aged 5 years or under on the autism spectrum or with similar communication and interaction needs.
For parents, carers and families of children aged 5 -12 years
The SWIFT Programme
Schools with Families Together SWIFT (pdf format) is a five-week course for schools, parents, carers and families who have a child aged between 5 and 12 years on the autism spectrum or with similar communication and interaction needs.
Post-diagnostic training for parents, carers and families
‘All Things Autism’ is a six-week course for parents, carers and families who have a child recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum by Oxfordshire CAMHS. See the website All Things Autism.
Other courses and support networks
Autism Family Support Oxfordshire (AFSO) provide training for parents, carers and families. Visit the Autism Family Support Oxfordshire for further details.
The Family Information Service and directory holds useful information about national and local support groups and networks for families with children with SEN or disability.