STARS TEAM OFFER TO PARENTS AND CARERS
Due to the recent retirement, promotion and relocation of members of the STARS team we a currently experiencing a period of staffing shortage and are in the process of recruiting and then inducting new staff. This is an opportunity to revise and re-model our offer, so that we can continue to provide the quality support we are known for, but in a timelier manner. Therefore, please have patience whilst these changes are put in motion.
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. During this challenging period, we need to concentrate on meeting this primary function well.
In the autumn term we will:
- Suspend acceptance of new referrals for CYGNET and SFPP parent training.
- Continue to offer free monthly (term time) workshops for parents/carers and professionals. Information here
- Honour the parent drop-in advice sessions that our currently booked in.
- Communicate with you about how to access a drop-in type consultations with a STARS practitioner once a revised approach has been agreed.
In addition, STARS bite-sized eLearning videos for parents and carers will soon be available, links via the STARS website, with new videos added to the collection regularly.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT,
THE STARS TEAM.
ICAN VIDEO TOOLKIT FOR PARENTS
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.
Cygnet parent training is offered for parents with a primary school aged child with a diagnosis of autism .
STARS Family Partnership Programme (SFPP) is offered for parents with a secondary aged child or young person with a diagnosis of autism.
New referrals to Cygnet and SFPP are not currently being accepted.
"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".