Support for Parents of Children with Autism

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Information and advice for parents of children with autism can be found at Gateshead Council’s dedicated support section.

Autism training for parents/carer

Training programmes aim to empower parents and carers to develop an understanding of autism and to gain knowledge of the supportive strategies that can be used with their child. Free training programmes for parents/carers of children and young people living in Gateshead with a diagnosis of autism:

‘Early Bird’ training is designed for parents/carers of pre-school children with a diagnosis of autism. For more information phone 0191 433 8734 or email

‘Cygnet’ training is for families of a child/young person with autism between the age of five and 18 years. Parents/carers can self-refer and a referral form can be downloaded below. Please note there is an extended waiting time for this programme and new referrals are not being accepted until further notice.

For more information phone 0191 433 8530 or email

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The North East Autism Society (NEAS) runs regular 6-week free training workshops for parents, carers and other family members who have someone with autism in their life. For more information phone 0191 410 9974 or 07825 585 313, or email