Events & Workshops

The Avenue offers a variety of workshops and events.  All events and workshops are held at The Pentecostal Church, Crab Lane, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 0LN unless otherwise stated. Please view our calendar for all upcoming events.



GIRLS WITH AUTISM WORKSHOP

Much of the information and understanding of autism is focused around boys. With increasing numbers of girls being diagnosed and families requiring support, this unique workshop has been designed to address the challenges of parenting /caring for girls on the autistic spectrum.

In this workshop you will explore the differences between girls and boys on the autistic spectrum and the ways in which girls adapt to their differences. How to deal with difficulties such as friendships and low self-esteem and how to identify strategies to address them. The management of puberty and adolescence in ASD girls will also be discussed.

This workshop is suitable for parents and carers of girls aged up to 16 years. Please note it is not suited for those whose daughter has an associated severe learning disability.

“Just wanted to feed back again how brilliant this course was!! Content and delivery was fantastic, left feeling able too cope a little better in the minefield of teenage daughter with autism!! Really was a super course with a fantastic course deliverer in Nicola, both informative and very knowledgeable in subject” Louise Clifton

To register your interest in future workshops please email Elaine Vandergrift or Joanne Dorasamy at theavenuesupport@outlook.com.


1-2-3 MAGIC WORKSHOP

1-2-3 Magic workshop is an evidenced based behavioural management programme putting the parents and carers back in charge. It is particularly suitable for children on the autistic spectrum. This course runs over two sessions and will provide parents and carers with easy-to-follow parenting techniques and practical advice through three key stages

  1. Stopping difficult behaviours
  2. Encouraging desirable behaviours
  3. Strengthening your relationship with your child and building their self-esteem

 Recommended age range for children with autism is 4-12 years but the programme can also be adapted for younger teenagers. Please note 1-2-3 Magic is not recommended for children with autism who also have an associated moderate or severe learning disability.

To request a booking form please contact either:  Joanne Dorasamy or Elaine Vandergrift by email at: theavenuesupport@outlook.com


YOUNG PERSON’S SOCIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

This workshop is for children aged 10 years and above with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or Social Communication Disorder.  It aims to guide the young person into understanding more about friendships and to equip them with appropriate social skills to create and maintain friendships.  Each session will be fun and interactive using role play, positive commenting and real life scenarios.

To register your interest in future workshops please contact either:  Joanne Dorasamy or Elaine Vandergrift by email at: theavenuesupport@outlook.com


MANAGING ANGER WORKSHOP (L.E.A.F)

Learning Everyday Approaches for the Family

This National Autistic Society seminar is delivered by and further supplemented by The Avenue. It aims to support families with managing distressed behaviours and potential meltdowns. Often children with autism display a range of distressed behaviour linked to anxiety, confusion and fear but displays itself in a way that appears very much like anger. Content of this workshop includes a look at what anger actually is, parent/carer responses, the low arousal approach, the ‘RAGE’ cycle, coping with meltdowns and helping your child to manage their own feelings. This FREE workshop will be interactive and informal.

Feedback received from parents who have attended this workshop:  “Brilliant to attend a course delivered by people with real experience of the topic”  “Very practical advice given in addition to the theory content”  “Would strongly recommend this workshop to other parents”

To register your interest in this workshop or for more information please contact either: Joanne Dorasamy or Elaine Vandergrift by email at theavenuesupport@outlook.com


SENSORY NEEDS WORKSHOP (L.E.A.F)

Learning Everyday Approaches for the Family

This National Autistic Society seminar is delivered by and further supplemented by The Avenue.

The Sensory Needs workshop is a beginners guide to understand how children with autism experience sensory processing difficulties and how this can impact on their daily life.  This FREE workshop will offer strategies to help a child’s sensory needs that you can implement at home and in the school environment.  This workshop is run by parents with first hand experience of living with sensory challenges.

Feedback received from parents who have attended this workshop: “I have a better understanding of Sensory Processing and am now more aware of the sensory issues that affect my child”  ” I feel more confident to meet my child’s needs”  “Many useful tips and new strategies to use at home”.

To register your interest in this workshop or for more information please contact either: Joanne Dorasamy or Elaine Vandergrift by email at theavenuesupport@outlook.com


UNDERSTANDING AUTISM PARENT & SUPPORTER WORKSHOP (L.E.A.F)

Learning Everyday Approaches for the Family

The Avenue and Carers in Bedfordshire jointly run this FREE workshop for parents (along with a supporter) who have a child (aged 11 or under) which has recently received a diagnosis of autism or who is currently in the referral system.

This workshop is interactive, relaxed and informal. It combines the National Autistic Society’s Understanding Autism seminar with personal experiences, ideas and practical solutions. Its aims to increase your existing knowledge of autism and give you ways to start helping your child in everyday life. Content includes real life stories and experiences, What is Autism? (Imagination, Communication and Interaction), Sensory Differences, Verbal and Non Verbal Communication and Support.

Feedback received from parents who have attended this workshop:  “I found the trainers to be incredibly helpful, encouraging and supportive”  “My understanding of how children with autism feel about communicating has increased” “I have learnt new strategies for helping my child” “This workshop is very relaxed and honest and I now feel more confident in my own ability”.

To  register your interest in this workshop or for more information please contact either:

Elaine Vandergrift at The Avenue by email at theavenuesupport@outlook.com  or

Darran Youell at Carers In Bedfordshire by email at darran.youell@carersinbeds.org.uk


Other past events and workshops have included: A talk by Chris Bonnello”10 things I wish I’d learnt whilst growing up with Aspergers (and 5 lessons I’ve learned since),  Encouraging Positive Behaviour Workshop, Sensory Exhibition, Creating Sensory Play, Sound Therapy and Occupational Therapy Sensory Diet talk.

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The Avenue’s services are only accessible to families who have a child under 18 either diagnosed with autism or in the autism referral system.