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Autism and Us’ Parent Programme - Offered by Devon- (Spring Term 2024):  Support from the Communication and Interaction Team - Education and Families (

Support for parents/carers of Devon primary and secondary children who are either on the autism assessment waiting list or who have received a diagnosis of autism.

Our ‘Autism & Us’ programme delivered this academic year will once again be offered during the forthcoming Spring term of the new 2023-24 academic year for parents/carers of Devon primary and secondary school children, pre or post diagnosis. 

We are delighted to announce that we are offering access for families of CYP (Children & Young People) who are currently on the autism assessment pathway, in addition to families of CYP who have received an autism diagnosis.

Attending the ‘Autism & Us’ parent programme gives you an opportunity to develop your understanding of autism and look at practical solutions to managing and supporting your child’s presenting needs, whilst also connecting with other parents/carers.

Full programme details and application process below:

Autism & Us programmes:

  • 4 weekly ‘live online’ sessions (approx. 2hrs each) related to the following topic/themes:



Programme 1

Programme 2





Autism overview




Tues 16 Jan  -  10 – 12


Thurs 29 Feb  -  4.30 – 6.30


Paul Lamanna







Tues 23 Jan  -  10 – 12


Thurs 7 Mar  -  4.30 – 6.30


Kevin Jones






Tues 30 Jan  -  10 – 12


Thurs 14 Mar  -  4.30 – 6.30


Helen Mewse




Understanding and supporting behaviour



Tues 6 Feb  -  10 – 12


Thurs 21 Mar  -  4.30 – 6.30


Laura Matthews

Apply direct by email

To secure a place on either of the above programmes, or express your interest for forthcoming programmes.  We will confirm your booking request, and provide you with a direct link to the event. They will be delivered on line ‘live’ via the Microsoft TEAMs platform.

Additionally we will also be offering the following very popular themed/topic based workshops, which lead on from the above programmes for themes/topics that may be a priority area for you against your child’s presenting needs:




DIAS (Devon Information & Advice Service +

PCFD (Parent Carer Forum Devon)

Mon 5 Feb 



Autism – Sensory processing + integration

Tues 26 Mar



Autism and Girls

Wed 7 Feb

9.30 - 12


Autism – Demand avoidance + PDA

Wed 28 Feb

10 - 12


Autism – Communication (Speaking children – support strategies)

Mon 26 Feb  10-12


Autism – Managing stress + anxiety

Mon 18 Mar 10-12


Autism – Vulnerability + online safety

Wed  13 Mar 10-12


Autism – Communication (Non/Limited Speaking children – support strategies

Tues 5 Mar 10-12

Laura M


Apply direct by email

To secure a place on any of the above topic based workshops. We will confirm your booking request, and provide you with a direct link to the event. They will be delivered on line ‘live’ via the Microsoft TEAMs platform

Autism is a Difference, not a Deficit


Further local groups for Communication and Interaction and children with additional needs, offering supportive networks for children, young people and families are:

AIMS: An activity and support group based in Dawlish  Home - AIMS Families

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