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Early Bird and Early Bird Plus

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.

Who to contact

Suffolk Family Information Service
0345 60 800 33
Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House
Russell Road

Where to go

Suffolk Families Information Service
Suffolk County Council
Early Years and Childcare Team
Children & Young People's Services
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Area served

Days & Times

As and when needed
Session Information
8 sessions each lasting 2.5 hours
as well as with 2 home visits.

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

A referral from a professional is required to access this service, speak to you health visitor or health care professional (speech and language therapist, disabled children's social worker, clinical psychologist, GP).

Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11)

Accreditation website
Accreditation details
National Autistic Society

Service users involved in planning
This National Programme has been develop in partnership with parents by the National Autistic Society
Last Updated

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

The service is specifically for parents and carers of young children with a diagnosis of autism. The service is provided by Suffolk County Council in partnership with Community Health.

The service forms one of the council's key services for young children as part of its Local Offer under the SEND Code of Practice 2014.

Christina Lewis
01473 265360
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Sensory impairments

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