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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