workshops for parents

Getting started workshops

This ‘Introduction to Autism’ series of FREE workshops

is aimed at supporting families of Early Years and primary school children, who may have recently been diagnosed with autism or Asperger syndrome.

These 8 interactive workshops not only look into the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ of autism, but also give you practical advice and ideas on how to support your child in developing all of those all important life skills – especially if they are about to start, or have already started nursery or primary school.

Our workshops are packed full of practical activities that you can start to practice with your child from the moment you get home. 

These practical workshops are delivered by Eagle House experts, who have many years experience in working with young children. The multidisciplinary team of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Specialists share their experience and expertise to provide practical and fun strategies for use by families in the home environment.

Each stand-alone workshop uses demonstration and video footage, looking at how to help you in the areas that you find most challenging. They will give you the confidence you need to not only support your child in the right way, but also to have fun together in your own home.

Parent comments from previous ‘Getting Started’ Workshops:


PODD Parent Workshop

“This was so helpful and informative, I can’t wait to get practising!”


Independence Workshop

“Really interesting, I am going to use past analysis to look at my child’s behaviour and will be using lots more visual strips.”


Independence Workshop

“It is such a relief talking things through with experienced staff and other parents.”

So, come and see for yourself!

Come to our FREE workshops and have the opportunity to meet other parents/carers and to share experience and advice.


1. Getting Attention to Learn Everyday Skills

Our Speech and Language Therapy team will give you ideas on how to get your child’s focus engaged so they are ready to listen and to learn


2. Beginning Communication and Making it Matter

Our Speech and Language therapists offer guidance on how to build communication skills to help our children understand and be understood and also how modifying your own communication can help. 


3. Making Sense of the World

Looking at how your child’s sensory issues can impact on their daily life preventing them from enjoying many daily experiences. Our Occupational Therapy team will offer practical tips on how to help them cope with their environment.


4. Setting the Boundaries

With difficulties in communication and understanding, children with autism can resort to behaviour that is hard to understand or control.   Our Behaviour Support Specialist guides parents on how to manage behaviour and support the child as they struggle to understand the world around them


5. Winning the Meal Time Battle

Understanding the issues with food – from fussy to over eaters, our Occupational Therapist will talk through strategies and how creating a ‘food programme’ can take the stress out of mealtimes.


6. Learning Through Play

Our Speech and Language Team look at how build the foundation for learning through play.  By creating exciting home activities that will motivate your child to have fun and learn new skills at the same time.


7. Building Independence to Help Themselves

Our self-help session led by our Occupational Therapy team will look at the nitty-gritty areas of toileting, personal hygiene, tolerating tooth brushing to nail cutting. Offering practical solutions to increase our children’s independence at home.


8. Navigating the Special Needs Maze

Led by our Parent Liaison Officer and Family Support Officer, this session will look at the steps to getting the help and support you need for you and your child.  There will be a discussion around EHCPs and school application and information on what support may be available for you.

All workshops are FREE and aimed at families with children in Early Years and Primary school.   They will be held on Friday Mornings 10.00am- 12.00pm at Eagle House School (Mitcham). The workshops will also be available live streamed via Zoom for those who are not able to attend in person.

If you think these workshops are for you or you simply want to talk to us about our workshops, your child or your circumstances then please contact us now; we shall look forward to hearing from you.

Contact us now by:

  • By contacting our Parent Liaison Officer; Adele, herself the mother of a young person with autism.
  • by phone on 020 8770 7788
  • or email her at


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