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ATTENTION AUTISM ONLINE TRAINING;

SPANISH Attention Autism™ Online Training Level 1 Training for Professionals
Delivered by Maria Cruz Bonilla in Spanish
Dates: 4:30pm - 5:45pm starting Wednesday 10th April 2024
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Online Level 1 Coaching Course for Attention Autism™
Delivered by Alice Hill
Dates: 11:00am – 12:15pm 8th and 22nd May
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Attention Autism™ Online Training Level 1 Training for Professionals
Delivered by Siobhan Ray
Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays 11:30 – 12:45 beginning 10th June 2024
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Attention Autism™ Online Training Level 1 Training for Professionals
Delivered by Julie Mellor
Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:15 beginning 24th June 2024
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ATTENTION AUTISM FACE TO FACE TRAINING;

Attention Autism™ Face to Face Foundation Level Training
Delivered by Maria Cruz Bonilla Dates: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May, Bethnal Green Road, London
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Attention Autism™ Face to Face Foundation Level Training
Delivered by Julie Mellor Dates: Wednesday 3rd and 10th July, Harrow
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CURIOSITY TRAINING;
Curiosity Programme Online Training – For Parents
Delivered by Lyndsay Barlow
Dates: Wednesdays 7:00pm – 8:15pm beginning 17th April 2024
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Curiosity Programme Online Training – Afternoon Sessions
Delivered by Siobhan Ray
Dates: Mondays (and one Tuesday) 12:15pm – 1:30pm beginning 22nd April 2024
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Curiosity Programme Online Training – Morning Sessions
Delivered by Lyndsay Barlow
Dates: Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:45 beginning 30th April 2024
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Curiosity Programme Face to Face Training – in Uxbridge
Delivered by Jaci Smith
Dates: Thursday 9th May 9am 2024
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Sleep – let’s get some

A guide to getting your child with autism to sleep at night

Most of us take a good night’s sleep for granted. When your child has autism it is 70% more likely to be a dream rather than a reality!

Knowing how to fall asleep on your own, in your own bed at the right time is a life skill. Some children with autism struggle to learn how to do this.

We forget that we learnt how to fall asleep as we grew up and that most people do wake in the night. It’s just that they know how to go back to sleep again so it is forgotten and we wake feeling rested.

We take sleep for granted, we may not understand how important it is. A good night’s sleep is not just about giving your muscles a rest, it’s about boosting your immune system and laying down memories too. We know sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture as it scrambles your brain making you feel anxious and desperate. If getting badly overtired becomes a long term problem we are also more likely to suffer from depression, lack of concentration, heart disease and or hypertension. Getting enough sleep is important!

It is hard to think about how to get started with a sleep programme when you are exhausted. You have to make the decision to do it, get it organised and then stick to the programme until the job is done all the time wondering if it will work. It is very hard when the people who need to do the programme are usually the ones up with their child in the night for hours and are sleep deprived themselves.

Sleep programmes are possible, a good night’s sleep is achievable and you can give the child a very important self-help skill for the future. It is a question of making the programme practical and doable for each child and family.

Here are some steps to think through to help make a plan:

Step 1 – Do I need to do a sleep programme?

Step 2 – What do I do first?

Step 3 – Getting organised

Step 4 – Exercise

Step 5 – Getting the communication right

Step 6 – The wind down hour

Step 7 – Pyjamas on it’s time for bed

Step 8 – Keeping going

Step 9 – Dealing with the odd blip!

Step 10 – You’ve done it!