NAS EarlyBird Plus Programme

What is EarlyBird Plus?

This is a ten week Programme that combines both group sessions and individual home visits. It is delivered to parents of children that have both a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and whose child is aged over 4 and under 9 years of age. Alongside the parents/carers, a professional that works with the child also attends. A book for participating team members accompanies the programme and real life stories and video clips are used to illustrate the content.

What are the aims of the EarlyBird Plus Programme?

  • The aims are to empower the parents/carers.
  • To provide a consistent approach between home and school by training both parents and professionals together.
  • To establish good practice approaches and strategies both in the home and in school.

What will I learn about?

The EarlyBird Plus Programme will help you:

  • Understand your child’s Autisim Spectrum Disorder.
  • Help improve communication with your child.
  • Help to develop practical strategies towards behaviours and help to pre-empt and manage them in the future.

Comments from EarlyBird Families:

“The EarlyBird Programme teaches us to step back and detect why is the behaviour happening? What can I do to change it? More importantly developing an empathy with the child”. (Professional)

“Our whole family has changed, we are direct, we use less language…. visuals, visuals, visuals. because our son is verbal we always assumed he did not need them. Once we implemented visuals we realised that his behaviours changed dramatically and problem behaviours vanished”. (Parent)

“The Course has completely changed my relationship with … I do things with her now that I would never have done before”. (Parent)

What do I do next?

Please contact the Trainers, Melanie Barnett or Catherine Ephgrave, for further information:

Tel: 01202 886083


Upcoming Dates

All FoBs sessions held here at Beaucroft are postponed until further notice due to covid restrictions.

Should you require any help or advice at all, then please email or contact us on 01202 886083.

Sadly due to current restrictions, we are still  unable to have visitors on the school premises. We have however, set up some dates where we would like to offer you the chance to call us or make an arrangement to have a ‘virtual’ catch up. If you would like to join us on any of these dates, could you please  contact us beforehand, and we can either arrange a set time  for an online face to face chat, or to call you instead.

Of course as always, should you need any help in between times, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Friends of Birds Meeting Dates

Wednesday 14th October 202013.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 18th November 202013.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 16th December 202013.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 20th January 202113.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 3rd March 202113.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 21st April 202113.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 19th May 202113.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 16th June 202113.30 – 14.30 hrs
Wednesday 14th July 202113.30 – 14.30 hrs