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Training for parents and carers (SEND Local Offer)

Parent carers have told us that they would like information on specialist training opportunities which may be available for them.

We have produced this list of training providers, most of them are run by outside providers and are not provided by the council. We have made every attempt to ensure all information held here is accurate, but we cannot accept any responsibility for third party services. Their inclusion here is for your information only and does not represent endorsement or recommendation by the council.

Some of the courses have a cost associated with them and we have tried to indicate when this is the case, though sometimes they are free depending on your personal circumstances.

If you find that any of the links don't work, or you know of a training provider which isn't here, please let us know by email

Adult learning from Worcestershire County Council

Worcestershire County Council run several adult learning courses for parents and parent carers. There is a small cost for these courses unless you meet certain entry criteria. Those running in the first half of 2020 and may be of interest include:

Course: An awareness of ADHD in adults and children (opens in a new window)

Course: An awareness of autism in adults and children (opens in a new window)

Course: An awareness of dyslexia for adults and children (opens in a new window)

Course: Signalong foundation course for adults (opens in a new window)

Course: Signalong foundation for adults and professionals (opens in a new window)

Course: Sign-a-story for families (opens in a new window)

Course: Talking teens course (opens in a new window)

Other organisations that provide courses

Incredible Years Autistic Spectrum and Communication Difficulties Programme

This 13 to14 week programme for children aged 2 to 5 years promotes social communication and language development, positive relationships and social skills, emotion, self-regulation, and positive behaviour management.

The Incredible Years group-based collaborative approaches include watching and discussing vignettes (short video clips) of children with ASD to trigger parent self-reflection; problem-solving and experiential practices with child-directed play and imitation; communicating with children with and without language skills; practicing parenting skills such as social and emotion coaching, gesturing, modelling, and prompting with children on the Autistic Spectrum and experiencing communication difficulties.

Sensory routines; engaging in pretend play and using puppets to enhance joint play, social communication, and empathy; and learning the ABCs for managing behaviour are all fully incorporated into the programme.

The reinforcing of target behaviours by providing praise, incentives, and sensory activities as rewarding consequences are also included. Parents/carers learn to identify behaviours that can be ignored and how to use differential attention and gain their child’s attention.

This programme is delivered in South Worcestershire (Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon) via Action for Children's Parenting and Community Service (commissioned by Worcestershire County Council). Contact Action for Children (opens in a new window) at a children's centre near you to find out more about the Incredible Years programme.

Support for parents in Wyre Forest with children who have a diagnosis of ASD

10:32 Wyre Forest Parenting and Community Service run a free parenting support programme called Cygnet for parents and carers of children and young people aged 5-18 who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Cygnet aims to empower parents and carers and to increase their understanding of the strengths and difficulties associated with ASD. For more information and contact details download the Cygnet Leaflet