SEND Parent Programmes, Local Support and Information

In Milton Keynes, we offer a number of programmes for parents and carers, which are currently being delivered virtually through Microsoft Teams. These programmes help parents and carers to develop their own knowledge and understanding of different Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Strategies and ideas are also shared, which parents can choose to use when supporting their child(ren).
For more information and updates about the programmes on offer, or how to access these, please follow us on Facebook or contact us.  The full brochure can be downloaded here: SEND Team Parent Training Programme 2021-22 (PDF, 645KB)


Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Social Communication Needs (SCN) Programmes

Hanen - "More than words" Programme (Pre-school)

The Speech & Language Therapy Service offer Hanen “More Than Words” parent programme for children up to the age of 5 years. Find out more on our 'Health - Information on Autism' page.


Autism in the Early Years (EYs)

This is a four session virtual, live programme aimed at parents of young children aged 2-5, who have Autism, or Social Communication Needs. The sessions will cover how to support communication, how to develop and extend learning/play skills, and how to understand and support behaviour. You do not need to attend all four sessions. Come and join us on Microsoft Teams - for further details see our Autism in the Early Years (DOCX, 158KB).

Session 1. Understanding Autism/Social Communication in the EYs  

Session 2. Developing communication skills   

Session 3. Developing play and learning skills   

Session 4. Understanding and supporting behaviour


Autism and Social Communication Needs in the Primary Age (5 - 11)

This is a programme has been developed with a range of professionals to support parents and carers of children and young people aged 5 - 11, who have Autism, or who present with Social Communication Needs.

It is delivered through a number of pre-recorded video sessions, along with 4 follow-up, live Question and Answer sessions, using Microsoft Teams. There will be a range of professionals available to talk to at the follow up sessions.

The video sessions will explore different topics and strategies to help you support your child(ren) with their needs while the Q&A follow up sessions allow for further exploration of the content of the video sessions and a chance to discuss individual needs and difficulties. 

Find out more in our Autism in the Primary Age (DOCX, 757KB) and on our SEND Video Resources page.


Autism in Teenagers

This is a four session virtual, live programme aimed at parents of young people aged 11+ who have Autism, or Social Communication Needs. The sessions will explore relationships, puberty and independence as well as how Autism may look in teenagers. You do not need to attend all four sessions. Further session details and dates can be found in our Autism in the Teenagers (DOCX, 164KB) poster. 

Session 1. Understanding Autism in Teenagers   

Session 2. Relationships and Autistic Teenagers   

Session 3. Independence and Autistic Teenagers   

Session 4. Puberty and Autistic Teenagers


National Autism Society (NAS) Parent Programmes

Due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel our usual delivery of NAS Parent Programmes. In the meantime, please do take a look at the programme leaflets below and our range of virtual sessions designed and delivered by our NAS trained Specialist Teachers, as detailed above.

EarlyBird Plus (PDF, 130KB) (ages four-nine) and Teen Life (PDF, 125KB) (ages 10 to 16) are support programmes for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches to working with young autistic children. The programmes work on understanding autism, building confidence to encourage interaction and communication, and understanding and supporting behaviour. EarlyBird Plus is a 3 month programme and Teen Life is a 6 session programme; both are delivered by our NAS trained Specialist Teachers.

Both of these programmes offer 2 spaces to families for parent/carers to attend and an optional third space for a supporting professional or other adult (such as a setting/school team member, or child-minder) to attend. This allows families the option of working with another adult that is supporting their child to build confidence and encourage them to problem solve together.

NAS Parent Programmes are aimed at parents and carers of children and young people who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition.


Other Parent Programmes


Milton Keynes Play Association

Due to COVID-19 Milton Keynes Play Association training and development opportunities may be cancelled. Please contact them directly for more information.

MKPA deliver a wide variety of training and development opportunities which are open to all people especially those working with children and young people.

For more information visit the 'Training at MKPA' page.

Last Updated: 1 October 2021