Parent & Carer Training

Training courses to help parents and carers to understand and manage behaviours consistent with Autism.

Understanding Autism - A Talk for Parents & Carers

 This workshop provides you with the opportunity to learn more about:

  •  The key areas that impact a person with autism
  •  Identifying behaviours associated with autism
  •  Practical strategies to support people with autism

Date: Monday 26th February 2018

Time: 6pm arrival for a prompt 6:15pm start until 9pm

Venue: Gateway Building, Bedford Campus, University of  Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9TD.

Free car parking is available at the university campus.

£15 for AB members or £20 for non-members. Places must be booked and paid for in advance of the session. To register for your place please contact Autism Bedfordshire on 01234 214871

Special thanks to the University of Bedfordshire for providing the facilities to run this programme.

Parenting a Child with Autism or Social Communication Disorder - An Evening Lecture for Parents & Carers

Jennifer Wilson (Child Psychologist) and the CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Team in partnership with Autism Bedfordshire will be running an evening lecture to support parents and carers to understand and manage behaviours consistent with autism.

Content of the session will focus on:

  • Anxiety
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Communication

Please be aware that the above topics are covered in more detail as part of our six week parent training programme which is delivered across the county.

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Time: 6.15pm arrival for a prompt 6.30pm start until 9.30pm

Venue: The Hub, Ivel Valley School (Primary site), The Baulk, Biggleswade, SG18 0PT.

Parking:    Parking is available on the school site.

Cost:     £5 per parent—must be booked and paid for in advance

Tea & Coffee will be provided

To book and pay for your place please contact Autism Bedfordshire 01234 214871

Drop-In Sessions

Autism Bedfordshire will have a representative from the Children's Services Team at the Child Development Centre in Kempston on the following dates to offer support and information on a 1:1 basis.

Tues 12th September 2017

Tues 10th October 2017

Tues 14th November 2017

Tues 12th December 2017

Tues 9th January 2018

Tues 20th February 2018

Tues 13th March 2018

Tues 17th April 2018

Tues 8th May 2018

Tues 12th June 2018       

10:00am— 12:00pm

Child Development Centre, Hill Rise, Kempston, MK42 7EB.


Our telephone Helpline is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday for information, advice and guidance on all aspects of Autistic Spectrum Conditions and associated problems.  Telephone 01234 350704.

Our Development Officers have considerable knowledge of autism and can provide support over the phone. We provide advice and support to parents, siblings and other family members and anyone with an interest in, or query about autism.

Telephone 01234 350704. If you reach the answerphone, please leave your name, a short message and your contact number and we will call you back.  Alternatively, you can e-mail us with your query at [email protected]  We aim to respond to any calls and/or emails within 48 hours of any working week day.  If responses are delayed, it may be because we are short-staffed but we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.