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What Do I Do Now? 6-week online course for parents new to autism (Bristol)

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What Do I Do Now autism parenting course

Are you a parent or carer who has a child awaiting assessment or who has recently (in the past year) been given a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder? This course especially for you. How can you help your child? What benefits can you claim? How can you manage challenging behaviour? Who can help you with school issues? Over the course of six weeks, you will learn about all of these things and more.

This is a virtual course that will be delivered via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive Zoom details and a course pack with a workbook and handouts closer to the start date of the course. After each session, a supplemental email will be sent out with links and other resources related to that session’s topic.

Week 1 – 9th September: Autism Parenting 101

We’ll introduce ourselves and have an overview of autism. What is autism? How might it impact on how you support your child? We’ll share some of the issues our children experience and discuss strategies and useful tools.

Week 2 – 16th September: Sensory issues / How to talk about autism

Most individuals with autism experience some sensory sensitivities. We’ll discuss what these might look like and how you can help your child with their sensory needs. We’ll also discuss how to talk about autism and who and how to ask for help for your child.

Week 3 – 23rd September: Benefits, funding and support

This week we will have a long look at what benefits you can claim and what support is available for you, your child and your family. There’s more out there than you think! We’ll also discuss various funding opportunities and how to find them.

Week 4 – 30th September: Educational issues and support

School support is perhaps one of the most complex issues parents and carers of children with autism face. This week we will cover who and how to ask for help and how to support your child at school. We’ll have a presentation and then a Q&A session with an educational professional.

Week 5 – 7th October: Managing distressing behaviours

Some autistic children can present behaviour that challenges. This can include aggression, meltdowns, tantrums, self-harm, running away, eating problems and other issues. We will discuss these and offer solutions and how you, your child and your family can manage and recover from distressing situations.

Week 6 – 14th October: Finding the new ‘normal’

In our final session we will take a look at how you and your family can plan successful outings and holidays. Having a child with ASD may mean you have to change your lifestyle from what you expected and/or hoped it would be. We will talk about the emotional aspects of this and how to plan, where to go, what to do and how to manage situations that don’t go to plan. There are several autism-friendly activities around; do you know about them? We’ll also talk about how to find time for yourself and the importance of self-care.

What past attendees have said about this course

“I can’t express just how absolutely, essentially important and transformational this course has been for my life.”

“I have taken so much from this course! It was life-changing for me as a mum and I can’t recommend it enough.”

“Loads of useful info – I do feel I understand better now.”

“Kate’s style is extremely helpful – everyone’s experience is welcome. I felt really looked after.”

“Finally a course that really understands what it’s like to be a parent of a child with autism!”


The cost for this course is just £60 for the whole six weeks and all course materials. You attend the course with an additional family member (note, this MUST be a family member, eg a partner or someone who regularly cares for your child) for £30. Please click here to book.

What Do I Do Now? Course FAQs:

Who is this for? Parents and carers of autistic children, either diagnosed or suspected, living in Bristol or surrounding areas (BS postcodes). This course is generally best for parents with children aged 12 and under.

When is it? 10am – 12pm on Thursday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th September and 7th and 14th October 2021.

Where is it? Wherever you like! You can access the course via your phone, tablet or computer.

Are the sessions recorded? Yes, and the video for each session is available for one week. Bear in mind the recording includes all conversation and comments from attendees. The video links are only shared with course attendees.

What is the cost? £60 per person. An additional family member may join you for £30. For each block of this course we run, we offer two £10 tickets for those struggling with extreme financial hardship.

I want to come to this but I can’t afford it. What can I do? Email us on enquiries@bristolautismsupport.org and we’ll confidentially work something out.

I am really, really shy. Do I have to talk to anyone? No. If you don’t want to speak or appear on video, that is absolutely fine. Simply mute yourself, turn off your video and use the chat feature of Zoom. Others will be doing this, too so don’t worry.

I still need more information… Email us on enquiries@bristolautismsupport.org and we’ll help you!

Your facilitators

The What Do I Do Now? course was written and will be presented by Kate Laine-Toner, the Founding Director of Bristol Autism Support. She has an 11 year old autistic daughter and has been helping parents and carers of autistic children navigate the world of support, education and benefits since 2012. Kate is autistic and has ADHD as well.

Loren Snow is the co-facilitator for the course. Loren is autistic and has ADHD. He is a trainer and speaker and has a brilliant website called Autism Academy.

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September 9
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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