The ICAN team (Complex Communication and Autism Team) are part of the NHS Child Development Team. They have produced a large range of videos designed for families of children with complex communication needs or autism, to support them post diagnosis. The videos have been designed with pre-school children in mind, but much of the information will be of use for families with older children too.

Each video lasts between 20 minutes and 40 minutes and is best viewed on a laptop or smartphone. Follow the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Complex Communication and Autism (ICAN) (leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk)

Cygnet parent training is offered for parents with a primary school aged child with a diagnosis of autism . For more information about Cygnet please click here.

STARS Family Partnership Programme (SFPP) is offered for parents with a secondary aged child or young person with a diagnosis of autism. For more information about SFPP please click here.

To make a referral for either CYGNET or SFPP please ring or email the STARS team, or you can download and return a referral form here.


"The opportunity to talk has been invaluable. Attending the cygnet course has been really empowering for me. I feel I have been listened to and this has helped my understanding. Thank you".

"The support from STARS made a huge difference to my child's needs. When things improved at school it was then that we noticed a difference at home".