We are funded by DSG (designated schools grant) and thus our core role is to support staff in education settings to raise standards of support for their autistic pupils.

We are currently not offering drop in advice sessions. We advise parent/carers to first discuss the specific needs of their child with the setting SENCo and to contact SENDIASS should further impartial advice be needed. 

We offer free parent carer workshops, with a focus on supporting autistic children and young people at home and in the community. School staff may attend, with a view to supporting parents and carers. Please refer to our 2024/25 flyer for more information.

Please be aware that due to unprecedented demand for these workshops, we are having to cap numbers attending and turn requests to attend down. Please do not book a place on a workshop unless you intend to take it up. If your circumstances change and you can no longer attend, please email STARS and let us know, so we can offer your place to someone else. Many thanks. 

Free parent carer workshops 24/25: 
9:45am – 11:15am

Parent carers please email starsteam@leeds.gov.uk to book. School staff please book through Leeds for Learning 


September 6th     A Celebratory Introduction to Neurodiversity in the Early Years

October 4th         Emotional Wellbeing

November 8th     Sensory Support in the Home

December 7th    Identity and Diagnosis


January 10th      Visual Supports in the Home (Early Years)

January 10th      Keeping Autistic Children and Young People Safe Online

February 7th       Visual Supports in the Home (Secondary/ Post 16)

March 7th           Supporting Key Life Transitions

May 2nd             Anxiety Based Avoidance 

June 6th             A Basic Introduction to Intensive Interaction

July 4th              Puberty and Sexuality