NAS Early Bird Programme and Autism

The National Autistic Society in the UK runs a number of programmes for families of children on the autism spectrum.

NAS EarlyBird Programme

The NAS EarlyBird programme is aimed at families of preschool children.

It combines group training sessions for parents with individual home visits when video feedback is used to help parents apply what they learn, whilst working with their child.

Parents have a weekly commitment to a three-hour training session or a home visit, and to ongoing work with their child at home.

NAS EarlyBird Plus Programme

The NAS EarlyBird Plus Programme is a modified form of the NAS EarlyBird programme, run by the National Autistic Society in the UK.

It is designed to meet the needs of families whose child has received a later diagnosis (four-eight years) and is in Early Years or Key Stage One provision.

The EarlyBird Plus programme addresses the needs of both home and school settings by training parents/carers together with a professional who is working regularly with their child. NAS EarlyBird Plus uses the established EarlyBird framework of teaching about autism before considering how to develop communication or manage behaviour.

The programme consists of eight groups sessions, interspersed with two home visit weeks which allow participants to individualise what they are learning. A follow-up session is held six months after the programme.

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14 Jun 2018