Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus Programme (National Autistic Society)

EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus Programme (National Autistic Society) logo


The National Autistic Society (NAS) EarlyBird programme is for families of a pre-school child with a diagnosis of autism. 2 parents or carers from each family may attend the 3 month programme.

The EarlyBird programme works with between four and six families at a time and encourages parents to share ideas and experiences whilst problem solving together.

The programme lasts for three months and involves parents in a weekly commitment to a two and a half hour group training session or a home visit, and to ongoing work with their child at home. The home visits will involve video feedback and discussion.

The group training sessions will take place at a venue within the BCP area.
They will focus on three main areas:

  • understanding autism
  • developing interactions and communication with your child with autism
  • managing behaviour

The programme is provided free of charge.

EarlyBird Plus

The EarlyBird Plus programme is a ten week training course for the parents/carers of children aged 4 to 8 who have a diagnosis of autism. Like EarlyBird, the programme aims to help you to:

  • understand your child's autism
  • improve communication with your child
  • develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur

The programme is provided free of charge There will be 8 group sessions and two individual home visits.

Find out more about the programmes on the National Autistic Society (NAS) website.

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Venue/Contact Details
Linwood School
Alma Road
Area coverage
BCP Area
See Journey Planner on right-hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Contact Alison Cleobury for details.
Further opening details:
  • Weekly
This service is free of charge.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 9 years
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
SEND Local Offer SEND

This service is specifically for children with a diagnosis of autism.

EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus 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.

The programmes are for parents and carers of children who have received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.