Courses For Parents/Carers

Our Keely on the Hot Seat course, for parents and carers of children and young people on the autism spectrum, is designed as a companion to the children’s and young people’s sessions.

Keely recognises, from her own personal experience, that when an autistic person feels frustrated and misunderstood, the people they feel misunderstood by can include their parents and carers, as much as anyone else – and this can cause considerable friction and heartache between the individual and their family.

With this in mind, Keely on the Hot Seat is designed to create a dedicated space where parents and carers are able to gain an insight into an autistic person’s inner experience, ask questions, discuss issues from an autistic person’s perspective, have their questions answered, and learn more about how their child’s mind works and how they can help their child both survive and thrive in the world we live in.

The programme goes into much more detail, around the whys and wherefores surrounding a child’s reactions to things, than any other course available: Where others, such as EarlyBird, discuss themes generally surrounding behaviour management techniques; with the “why” questions summarised mainly by quoting lines from diagnostic criteria, such as “because of difficulty with social communication”; Keely on the Hot Seat unpacks exactly what it is about social communication that causes the difficulties that are seen on the outside. Everything is traced back to the biology, centralising on a unified sensory processing issue that Keely discovered through her dissertation research, which she hopes to get published in the near future. Attendees of the course can therefore expect to gain a uniquely intimate knowledge of the inner challenges that underlie their child’s visible difficulties; and through this, to build a much deeper bond with their child, which will be invaluable in creating harmony in the family and in helping the autistic child make the most they can out of life.

If you would like to take this opportunity, we would love to hear from you. The course will cover a range of topics – including what underpins sensory issues, communication, learning needs, social learning/understanding, and emotional needs. To register your interest and get information about the next dates, simply send us an email using the form on our Contact Us page.