Early Bird and Early Bird Plus are programmes developed by the National Autistic Society and run in Suffolk by qualified trainers from the council's Early Years and Childcare Service.
Early Bird is for preschool children and Early Bird Plus is for children in school aged from 4 to 8 years.
A child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder will see the world in a different way. Understanding these differences is essential for parents and teachers. The programme helps parents and teachers to understand how the child experiances the world and why they may behave differently.
The 10 week Early Bird and Early Bird Plus Programmes covers three areas:
1. Understanding Autism – learning how children with ASD experience the world.
2. Communication - how to change communication to help the child’s understanding
3. Behaviour – understanding why the child behaves as they do and how to respond to this.
The programme is a big commitment from parents as it is 8 sessions each lasting 2.5 hours, as well as 2 home visits.
A maximum of 6 families can take part in an early bird or plus programme at any one time. Most families who have been involved with early bird and plus have found it to be helpful.
For more information speak to your health visitor or contact the Suffolk Family Information Service.