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Courses and Support for Parent Carers

April 13, 2022

Autistic Girls Network



Appeer supports Autistic and Neurodiverse Girls and their Parent/Carers

Appeer is a community interest company operating to benefit autistic girls and women. They deliver online and in-person sessions in Surrey for both the girls and their parents/carers. Find out more here: 

Courses for Richmond parents from Achieving for Children:

1-2-3 Magic for parents and carers of children aged 2-12 years with a diagnosis of ASD or who are on pathway to diagnosis or who display challenging behaviour.
Cygnet for parents and carers of children aged 8-16 years with a diagnosis of ASD.
To express an interest in attending and be put on the waiting list, please contact:
Early Bird for parents and carers of children pre school age with social and communication difficulties
Early Bird Plus for parents and carers of children aged 4-9 years with a diagnosis of ASD. 
These groups are coordinated by Beth Hitchens and parents and carers would need to contact Beth on 0208 547 6698 or

NVR Practitioners Consortium

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) courses

Offered by NVR Practitioners Consortium CIC 

Are you struggling to manage your child/young person’s aggressive, violent, controlling or self-destructive behaviour?

The Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) Parenting Programme has helped thousands of families to change their lives. Parents report increased confidence in their parenting, a greater sense of agency and improved relationships within the family. NVR has proved effective with neuro-atypical children/young people, and those with other diagnoses. It has been implemented in a wide range of family situations, including violence, drug/alcohol misuse, verbal abuse, self-harm, oppositional behaviour and eating disorders. NVR can be used with children from around 5 years old, right up to adulthood. 

SEN Talk Wandsworth

SEN Talk Wandsworth has a variety of speakers: and a wide range of activities:

Express CIC

Express CIC in Tolworth offer many activities for children and young people with autism and their parents. You can find out more here. This week we highlight their support group for parents of children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).  
Express PDA Group Zoom meet-up is on 
Monday 21st February 12.30-14.00pm 
Please email for details. 

Hounslow Parent Carer Forum: UPCOMING FORUM DATES

Find out more here:

Hounslow families: 123 Magic is a parenting/behaviour management programme for parents and carers of children aged 2-12 who have been diagnosed with ADHD or who display challenging behaviour. It is a 5 week programme.


Have you heard about RUILS? Here are all the services they offer


  • 1:1 dramatherapy at our studio or an outside setting 
  • 2:1 dramatherapy at our studio 
  • 1:1 connect sessions via zoom with our therapists 
  • Express Yourself Group 
  • Express Teens Group
  • Girls Group 
  • SIBs Group 
  • Drama Club 
  • BUDs Group for pre-school children on the autistic spectrum 
  • Counselling service for parents/carers of children with additional needs 
  • Counselling service for 12+ young people on the autistic spectrum 
  • EHCP Support and Guidance 
  • Peer support groups via Zoom and on WhatsApp 
  • Mums Group and PDA Group 
  • Dads Group will resume soon... 
Events, Training and more.   Find out more and book here

Richmond AID

Buddy Up scheme: Outings and activities for young disabled people aged 14 - 17, living in Kingston or Richmond Boroughs with an EHCP. For more information please contact:  

Online workshops from Contact: 'Brighter Beginnings'

Brighter Beginnings is for parents at the beginning of their journey.
Through a series of workshops, Contact support families to tackle some of the unique challenges they might face in the early years. The free workshop topics include:
Early Years Education
Encouraging positive behaviour
Speech and Language
Handling meetings
Support for children with anxiety
Toilet training 

For dates and booking, please see the flyer by clicking here


Blue Sky Autism Project, an early intervention service providing individualised programmes of therapy to children aged from 6-months old experiencing developmental delays, including autism. Our therapy model is based upon Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Intervention approaches; including our own Play2Talk model, alongside the well researched Pivotal Response Therapy, the Early Start Denver Model and DIR Floortime.
We are currently running social skills groups for children who have or are showing red flags for a developmental delay, focusing upon supporting children to learn to communicate, interact and play with their peers. For more information, please email us at

Counselling for parent-carers is availble from Express CIC at low cost. For more information please email: 


Richmond Borough Mind

Ealing Mencap

Ealing Mencap travel training, also for Hounslow residents
Learn about travelling safely on the bus through this fun and interactive Bus Day, 7 March 2023.

South West London Law Centres

South West London Law Centres runs webinars on various topics of interest to parent-carers. These are open to families in any south-west London borough.
Carers and Benefits.
This webinar covers the different benefits available for carers, things to consider before making a claim and any potential problems with a claim. It also gives an overview of the other discounts, deals and services available for those who are carers, as well as looking at carers who are working, on furlough or not working.  

Emotional Health Resources from Achieving for Children

Online self-help resources video workshops, helplines, online counselling and information leaflets. To help children, young people and their families with their emotional wellbeing. It provides information (listed by theme) as well as interactive resources such as webinars, and signposts to places to access services: Staying well during pandemic, Explaining coronavirus, Returning to school or college, Stress, worry and anxiety, Bereavement and loss

Mobile: Carers' guide to planning an accessible staycation. Read here

Fair Shot Cafe: new cafe near Bond Street station, which is staffed by young people with learning disabilities.


Find out more and book here:

Richmond Carers Centre

Richmond Carers Centre: Counselling for carers Our counselling sessions are being delivered remotely, email to join the waiting list.


Free training for parents/carers on how to raise resilient children.  Aimed at parents of children aged 9 and above.  Not SEND specific but easily adaptable.
Six sessions of one hour each
Watch live on
Mondays from 10.30 – 11.30am starting 22nd February

Also available to watch afterwards

Richmond Borough Mind - Carers in Mind project

Richmond Borough Mind has started supporting parent/guardian carers whose children/teens are struggling with their mental health. 
They are offering one to one support and guidance to parents, by phone or video call, or in some cases face to face. This service is for families with a connection to Richmond (who live, work, study or have a GP in Richmond).

They are offering 3 workshops aimed at parent carers whose children are struggling with their mental health. These workshops are open to parents from any borough although some of the information may be more relevant to Richmond families. 
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Richmond Carers Centre
Know Your Rights – understanding the Care Act and carer’s rights with Jill Pay
This workshop will explore the law and how it is designed to protect carers. Jill Pay will provide you with an overview of your rights and entitlements as a carer as well as a better understanding of the Care Act.
Friday 12th February 11am

Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit – Oliver Mawdsley (Carers Allowance Unit)
Oliver Mawdsley from the Department of Work and Pensions will provide information on Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Credit entitlement conditions as well as how carers can apply, report changes of circumstances and be signposted to other DWP benefits and services.
Wednesday 24th February 11am

To book your place on any of our workshops call Richmond Carers Centre on 020 8867 2380 or email


I am carrying out a research project on COVID-19 and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for my psychology degree at the University of Salford. The purpose of this study is to understand the ways in which a changed school environment has affected children with ASD. I am looking for a sample of 80 parents and carers, living in England, who have a child aged 5-15 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to complete questionnaires. For further information or if you are interested in taking part, please click the link below or email me ( Thank you.

Mobilise Moments 

Mobilise Moments the UK's first free, daily carers' survey. It takes just a few minutes, and allows you to explore how you and other unpaid carers are experiencing life. 

Too little is understood about the lives of people looking after someone. By contributing, we’ll be lifting the lid on our collective experience and making a difference.

Insights gathered from Mobilise Moments, will be shared (anonymously) with local and central government, political parties, the NHS and other carer support organisations. An incredible opportunity to feed in real-time data about carers' lives.

Find out more and sign up here:

Anna Kennedy Online are holding a FREE Transitioning into Adulthood workshop on Thursday 18th February. 
Join Anna Kennedy and Anna Selby Wells from Home From Home Care talking about transitioning into adulthood which starts at 7:30 pm. 
Please reserve your place in advance: 

Express CIC

SIBs@Express is a group for children who have a brother or sister with additional needs to come together, make new friends and have a space to share their feelings in an understanding and supportive environment. 
​The group is run by one of our therapists.
Monday 5pm (ages 8-11) Thursday 4pm (ages 5-8)
Contact for an application form ASAP. 

Express CIC Support Groups

Express Mum's Group face to face meet-up is on 
5th May 19.30pm-21.30pm 
Please email us on or for details. 

Express Mum's Group Zoom meet-up is on 
27th April 12.30pm-14.00pm 
Please email us on for details. 

Express PDA Group Zoom meet-up is on 
25th April 12.30-14.00pm 
Please email us on for details. 

Express Dad's Group face to face meet-up is on 
11th May 19.30pm-21.30pm 
Please email us on for details. 

ADHD Embrace (formerly ADHD Richmond & Kingston)

ADHD Embrace

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21&CO for children with DOWN SYNDROME

How to Choose the Right Primary Setting for your Child with Down’s Syndrome

Live Webinar on Zoom taking place on Tuesday 2nd March  10.00 to 12.30
Choosing the right primary school for your child is one of the most exciting and important decisions you face as a parent. Having a child with Down’s syndrome means there are lots of things to consider. On Tuesday 2nd March at 10am, 21&Co will be hosting a webinar on How to Choose the Right Primary School Setting for your Child with Down’s Syndrome.  Guest speaker Educational Psychologist Dr Jemma Levy will look at the various factors to consider when assessing your child’s needs, what to look out for when visiting schools as well as the different school placement options. Parents Marie-Claire Lakin, Louise Beattie and Tatty Bowman will share their personal experiences with their children at Mainstream, Mainstream + Unit and Special School in the primary years respectively. The event is hosted on Zoom and there will be a break as well as time for Q+A.

Tickets £5 available from Eventbrite
Down Syndrome Training and Support Service is offering a webinar entitled ‘The inclusion of children with Down syndrome - expectations of behaviour’.

This course usually runs over one full day. It has been divided into 4 one hour sessions running Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 11am, 24th, 25th Feb and 3rd, 4th March 2021

By considering the learning profile of a child with Down syndrome and looking at areas of need this course will aim to address areas where difficult behaviours may develop. It will look at expectations, appropriate behaviour, including self help skills and go on to outline positive strategies to focus on wanted behaviour.
COST: £40 per professional/£20 per family member.

Book here: 


Express CIC

Express CIC is a not-for-profit community organisation supporting young people
with autism and their families.  It is based in Surbiton but anyone is welcome to
use their services.

Express CIC have groups for mums, dads, siblings and girls.

Express CIC has a support group for parents of children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). 
Does your child have Pathological Demand Avoidance or do you think they may have?
Zoom meet-up on
Monday 15th February 12.30-14.00pm. 
Please email for Zoom registration details.

SEN Talk Wandsworth

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