Early years parent support and training for children with SEND
You will know your child better than anyone else. Parent support groups, training or workshops can help you further understand your child’s additional needs by learning new ways to support them as well as interventions you may not be aware of.
Support groups are a great way to meet parents of other children who have similar needs to your child. Meeting other parents can also help you to feel less isolated. You can find details of parent support groups in the directory.
The following organisations run groups for pre-school children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families:
South Glos parents and carers run Little treasures for preschool children and their families based in Hanham on a Thursday morning and sessions on Monday's at Yate Children's Centre
Jigsaw run drop in sessions during the daytime for children and their families based in Thornbury
Face run a session on a Monday morning called messy hands based in Filton
Incredible kids run Incredible toddlers on a Friday morning based in Kingswood
- Gympanzees are an organisation who also offers support for families
Parent workshops/ programmes for early years
Early years speech and language course
If your child has speech and language difficulties, there are courses you can access run by speech and language therapists. Sorting Out Sounds is a course for parents of pre-school children that gives ideas on supporting your child’s speech sounds and suggesting some games to try at home.
Details of when these courses are running can be found on the speech and language children’s community health website, training for parents.
Early bird for children under 5 with autism
If your child has been diagnosed with autism, the team who diagnosed your child will ask if you would like to be added to the waiting list for the NAS Early Bird programme. You will be contacted when a space is available. Early Bird is a parent support programme for families of children under the age of 5 with a diagnosis of Autism. Designed by the National Autistic Society (NAS) the programme is delivered by Early Bird trainers over 3 months.
Further details about the Early Bird programme is available on the NAS website.