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Parenting Programmes and Courses

Please find information below about parenting programmes and educational courses available to you and your families:


EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus Information 2022-2023

About the Programme:

The National Autistic Society EarlyBird (parents whose children are aged up to 5) and EarlyBirdPlus (parents whose children are aged 5-9) are programmes for families whose child/children have a diagnosis or are likely to receive a diagnosis of autism. Through the EarlyBird programme, parents and carers will learn more about autism. Two carers from each family can attend the 8-week programme and discover new ways to support their child, following a diagnosis.


Topics Covered Include:

  • Improving communications and interactions with children under five
  • Using structure to support their child in a range of settings and situations
  • Developing basic play and social skills
  • Understanding and supporting their child's behaviour


Gill Stoll and Louise Pryce are the National Autistic Society EarlyBird trainers for Riverside School. We work with parents and carers of autistic children.


The group sessions will be held at Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, PO7 7AY (situated in Asda car park). Free parking is available towards the back of the community centre.

Commencing at times 9:30-11:30am on:

  • Wednesday 11th January
  • Wednesday 18th January
  • Wednesday 25th January
  • Wednesday 1st February
  • Wednesday 8th February
  • Wednesday 15th February
  • Wednesday 1st March
  • Wednesday 8th March


We ask for a voluntary donation of £35. This covers the cost of your copy of the EarlyBird Parent Book. Parents and carers should be able to commit to all sessions.


Please email or for more information and to sign up.



Hampshire Learns - Free Online Courses for Parents Summer 2022

Free Online Courses for Parents!

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  • Positive Parenting Mondays 13 June – 11 July 18:30-20:00
  • Building Resilient Teenagers Tuesdays 14 June – 12 July 18:00-19:30
  • Let’s Get Ready for School Wednesdays 15 June – 13 July 10:00-11:30
  • Raising Resilient Children Wednesdays 15 June – 13 July 18:30-20:00
  • Starting Secondary School Thursdays 16 June – 14 July 18:00-19:30
  • How Children Learn to Read and Write Thursdays 16 June – 21 July 10.00-11.30


These courses are aimed at Hampshire residents aged 19+ Attendance is expected at each session to ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience and to minimise disruption for other learners. Please advise the venue/tutor of any absence you may have.


Participants will be required to use Zoom. No account is required, Not sure how to use Zoom? Check out these helpful videos:



Summer 2022

Timid to Tiger: Is aimed at providing support with parenting an anxious child.

  • Starts: Wednesday 27th April 2022
  • Venue: Morelands School, PO7 5QL
  • Time: 9.30-12 - runs for 7 weeks
  • End date Wednesday 15th June 2022.


EarlyBirds: aimed at supporting parents of children under the age of 6 years with a diagnosis of likely diagnosis of Autism.

  • Starts: Tuesday 10th May
  • Venue: Waterlooville Community Centre, Maurepas Way, PO7 7AY (situated in Asda car park)
  • Time: 9.30am - 12midday - runs for 8 weeks
  • (please note there will not be a session on Tuesday 31st May or Tuesday 21st June 2022)


September 2022

Family Links Nurturing Parenting Programme starts:

  • Tuesday 6th September 2022
  • Contact Gill Stoll for more information
  • The aims of the FLNP is to help parents understand and manage feelings and behaviour while becoming more positive and nurturing in their relationships with their children and each other.


EarlyBird Plus:

  • Starts: Wednesday 28th September
  • Contact Gill Stoll for more information.
  • For parents whose child is between the age of 4yrs and 9 yrs and has a diagnosis of Autism.



Havant and Waterlooville Get Together

Havant and Waterlooville Get Together with parent carers of children and young people with additional needs.


Monday 9th May, Monday 13th June, Monday 11th July @ 10am to 12pm

Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, PO7 7AY


"Our Get Togethers are a chance to share experiences, discuss local issues, and enjoy an informal session with other local parents. There will be regular guest speakers, tea/coffee/biscuits, support each other in your roles as parent carers."


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THOMAS Training - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology Training

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology THOMAS Training (For supporting children aged five and under with social communication needs/Autism)

  • To develop and improve the educational experience of Hampshire children with complex social communication difficulties.
  • Suitable for parents and staff across a range of educational settings working with children throughout the foundation stage, run by two Educational Psychologists.
  • This course offers a balance of theoretical perspectives, including the nature of the Autism spectrum and in-depth practical approaches/supportive strategies.
  • If possible, it will be delivered in person (Covid-19 pandemic dependent - dates and times below).
  • If we are unable to meet in person, the course has been adapted to be delivered online via Microsoft TEAMS over three half days.


It includes:

  • Theories, strengths and needs for children with Autism/social communication needs
  • Structured approaches to learning and living (e.g. visual support systems)
  • Developing communication and interaction (including the supportive strategies of imitation, special time, picture communication systems and social stories)
  • Frameworks for assessing and developing play (including identiplay and play scripts)
  • Understanding and managing behaviour
  • Sensory issues and supportive approaches




  30th June - Court Moor School

  8th September - Lyndhurst Community Centre

  4th November - Waterlooville Community Centre



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