Support for parent/carers, and young autistic adults aged 14-25
We provide autism-specific information, advice and support to parent/carers, as well as linking you with similar parents and children if you wish.
We provide practical information and advice, details of relevant services, or sometimes just a listening ear.
We have two Family Practitioners, Vicky Crawley and Claire Glasgow, who cover the whole of Oxfordshire – so they are kept busy running advice surgeries, training, and support groups.
For parent/carers of children aged 13 and under
Vicky Crawley, our Family Practitioner, supports families who have a child aged 13 and under.
For young people aged 14 – 25 and their families.
Claire Glasgow, our Family Practitioner, supports families who have a young people aged 14 – 25.
What we provide
We provide the following for parents/carers of a child aged 0 – 25 living in Oxfordshire (or accessing healthcare, school or social care in Oxfordshire):
- Email newsletters – monthly newsletters full of news, events, and useful information.
- Online Q&A with Vicky & Claire – online sessions run by our 2 Family Practitioners Vicky and Claire. You can ask a question or just come and listen and feel supported. The sessions run online twice a month. Join our mailing list for details and follow us on Facebook for new dates.
- Advice by email for parents/carers.
- 30-minute advice appointments for parents/carers by phone or virtual meetings.
- Strategies to alleviate and cope with challenging behaviour.
- Connecting local families and children.
- Support group for parents who are themselves autistic or identify as autistic. (There are many other parents support groups across Oxfordshire).
- Signposting and access to other services.
- Autism and behaviour we find challenging – a popular training course for parent/carers which we run twice a year in venues across Oxfordshire.
- Other training courses and workshops, on request.
Parent Support Groups
There are a number of support groups for parents across Oxfordshire – some are autism-specific and others are more general for parents with children with additional needs. For a list of parent support groups in Oxfordshire please see visit the Family Information Service Directory
run by Oxfordshire County Council.
Make a referral
We recommend all families refer to us soon after their child / young adult has received a diagnosis; or when they arrive in Oxfordshire. Our Referral Forms are for each person on the spectrum, so if there is more than one child on the spectrum we will need a form for each child.
Our Referral Form may be completed by parent/carers or professionals – but we do need the form to be fully completed, ideally including an email address.
Once we have received a Referral Form the parent will receive a welcome email and be added to our mailing list to receive regular email bulletins and all our news of training, activities, and events (unless you tell us you do not wish to receive this information). Parents may then book an advice surgery with our Family Practitioners Vicky or Claire.
Please complete the relevant Referral Form:
Please click the link to download the form. If you use Google Chrome, the download will be placed in the download folder which can be accessed using the download symbol in the browser site bar. Alternatively right click the link and open in a new tab.
If you’re already known to us and would like to contact a member of staff, please see our Contact Us page for details.
If you’re already known to us and would like to contact a member of staff, please see our Contact Us
page for details.
Training courses for parents
We work in partnership with relevant professionals from across Oxfordshire, including Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford Health and private individuals, in order to deliver appropriate and flexible training.
- Challenging Behaviour
- Autism Awareness
- Sensory Processing
- Sexuality Awareness
- Bespoke training on request
“loved this course – it has changed my life, my son’s life and my whole family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” – parent attended Sensory Processing course.
Details of our courses are usually sent by email to parents on our mailing list.
To join our mailing list please complete one of our referral forms:
If your email address, or other details, have changed please email us and let us know