SASS training families

Training and further support for families

The Specialist Autism Support Service provides training for parents/carers on a variety of subjects connected with autism. This training is delivered by members of the SASS team, who all have experience in understanding the needs of children and young people with autism and recognise the impact this can have on family life.

For our latest overview of the training available please see:

To book a place on any of our training courses or to ask further questions please email or phone the helpline on 01761 412198 option 2

We offer training a wide variety of subjects. our courses include

  • Autism strategies in the home for younger children
  • Autism strategies in the home for teenagers and young adults
  • Understanding girls: exploring alternative presentations of autism
  • Sensory processing: how autistic children view the world
  • Sensory processing: how autistic children view the world
  • How to write social scripts at home
  • PDA
  • Developing friendship and socials skills in autistic children and young people
  • SPACE supporting parents of autistic children in the early years
  • Autism Education Trust making sense of autism for parents and carers

We also deliver the following training programmes for parents

  • Barnados Cygnet programme – Core – six-week course, two hours per week. For parents of children aged 4 – 18
  • Barnados Cygnet programme – Siblings –  three hour course
  • Barnados Cygnet programme – Puberty, sexual well-being and relationships – one day course
  • Barnados Cygnet programme – Sleep – three hour course

All of our training for families is also detailed on the Rainbow Resource autism pages (

We recognise that young people and their families may require some immediate support following their diagnosis. Please see our leaflet, which is shared with families during the post-diagnosis interview: SASS Diagnosis Support Leaflet

We also provide support for parents through our coffee mornings, where parents can come to Longfellows Café and gain informal advice and support from our team members, alongside having the opportunity to meet with other parents.

We also offer our teen group and more information can be found here.

We have developed positive relationships with other agencies such as SEND Partnership and the Children’s Centre, who will be joining us on certain dates throughout the year to provide additional advice and support.

We have also designed a padlet for parents, which we keep updated with relevant resources, news and opportunities for families. If your family is part of the autistic community in B&NES, then please join our padlet  from the button below.

This is very easy to use – It is like a fridge door with lots of sticky notes on it!