Challenging Behaviour & Autism Course January 2018 NOW FULL

Challenging Behaviour & Autism 2018

Back by popular demand!  

This is a repeat of previous courses, and is intended for parents who have not attended a previous course.

A 6-week course for parents of children with a diagnosis of being on the
Autism Spectrum and living in Oxfordshire

Six Mondays ALL Sessions must be attended

 22,29 January,

5,19,26 February, 5 March 2017


Exeter Hall, Oxford Road,

Kidlington, OX5 1AB

£40 per place (concessions available)

We will be looking at many aspects of challenging behaviour using both behaviour management and therapeutic approaches.

The course will be facilitated by Becky Loveless and Sam Burkin who provide our family support work.
There will also be input from guest speakers, including a young adult on the autism spectrum.

The course will be centred around the needs of the family, and conducted in a warm and friendly manner in which we may share both our wonderful and difficult experiences of the autism spectrum.

Participants of this course MUST be:

  • Parent/carers of children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
  • Parent/carers who are experiencing challenging behaviour.
  • Parent/carers who have fully completed a post diagnostic course, or have a good understanding of autism. Please contact us if you wish to clarify this. 


  • There is NO CHILDCARE provided, and it is not suitable for children to be present.
  • This course is not for professionals.
  • We run this course twice a year, offering venues across Oxfordshire and day or evening courses. The course will be in Autumn 2016 (Details TBC)

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Fact File – Download our directory of useful services and information!

Fact File – a directory of services

We have produced two versions of our Fact File directory – one for children and another for people aged 16 and over. The Fact Files provide useful information about services in Oxfordshire as well as some national services.  Both versions cover a variety of issues including education, play and leisure, and benefits.We recommend you download it, or refer to it whenever you are looking for information.

The Fact File is unlikely to include everything – but it’s a good place to start!

Click HERE for:  Fact File Children and Young People   (opens a PDF in a new window)

Click HERE for:  Fact File for People Aged 16 and Over  (opens a PDF in a new window)

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STAFF VACANCIES- We are recruiting!

We are always looking for experienced and motivated staff to join our team.

So if you think you have what we are looking for –  we look forward to hearing from you!

Current Vacancies


Casual Support Workers

£10 per hour
Flexible work available during Summer and Easter school holidays, plus occasional evenings and Saturdays during term time.
Various locations in Oxford, Abingdon, and across Oxfordshire

We are looking for enthusiastic Casual Support Workers to assist with our Holiday Activities for 8-17 year olds with Asperger Syndrome/higher functioning autism.  You will support young people to participate in activities, assist with running activities, and facilitate social skills and friendships.

Activities run during Summer and Easter school holidays. Working hours and locations vary.

Experience of working with young people on the autism spectrum is essential.

Occasional work will also be available at our youth groups during term time on Wednesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings.

If you can support young people with autism, have strong social skills, are able to participate in play and leisure activities, and can work effectively using your own initiative and as a team – we would love to hear from you!

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification:
Job Description and Criteria (Casual YSW) 

Closing Date: Rolling recruitment but early application is advised as work is available during Summer 2017


To apply for any post:


Please download and refer to the Job Description.  If you meet the required criteria please submit a fully completed Application Form together with Equal Opportunities form.

Please note:

  • Applicants will be subject to a DBS check, and require 2 satisfactory references.
  • CVs will not be accepted.

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Managing Physically Challenging Behaviour

One Day Workshop

A course for Parent/Carers of children on the autism spectrum

 Managing Physically Challenging Behaviour

The course is only suitable for those who have fully completed an AFSO or SENSS Challenging Behaviour Course. Please contact us if you wish to clarify this.

Friday 9th December 2016


Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB

£30 per place (concessions available)

This is a practical workshop focusing on break away and physical intervention techniques.  The day will be led by two experienced facilitators:

Jonas Torrance
Creative Therapist & Behaviour Support for ASD (Independent therapist)
Rachel Newsham
Advisory Support Worker for Communication & Interaction Support Services (Oxfordshire County Council)

The course will include discussion about behaviour that challenges, the effects on the family, and techniques to help keep yourself and your child safe when your child displays physically challenging behaviour at home.

 The course is:

  • For parents/carers of children who are diagnosed as on the autism spectrum.
  • Strictly for parent/carers who are experiencing physically challenging behaviour at home (not school only).
  • Parent/carers who have fully completed an AFSO or SENSS Challenging Behaviour course.
  • Parent/carers who have a good understanding of autism.


  • There is NO CHILDCARE provided.
  • This course is not for professionals.
  • Please bring your lunch. We will provide tea and coffee.

 To Book: Please complete the attached Application Form

OR email all the information requested to Judith:   

 The closing date for applications is Friday 18th November

For more information call 01844 338696 (Mon-Wed or answerphone)

or email Judith at:

From befrienders to youth club workers and occasional helpers at events, Autism Family Support Oxfordshire relies on people like you giving their time.