Early Years

Autism Information and Training

Autism Information and Training

The National Autistic Society in 2016 asked young people with Autism ‘What would have made school better?

  • 58% chose ‘If teachers understood autism’
  • 46% chose ‘If people in class were less noisy’
  • 38% chose ‘If other school staff understood Autism’’

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.’ Ignacio Estrada

‘Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others’ – National Autistic Society (2017)


NEW - AET - Tools For Teachers - Covid 19 Edition (Free Download)

Six essential tools for teachers supporting autistic children and young people through home-schooling and transition back to school.  Additional resources can also be found on the AET Covid 19 Information Centre.

Autism Training for Parents

National Autistic Society EarlyBird Programme

The EarlyBird programme works in partnership with parents / carers to help them to:

  • Understand their child’s autism spectrum disorder
  • Develop their child’s communication
  • Apply practical strategies to support their child’s behaviour


Buckinghamshire Early Years Service run the programme and have a protocol for allocation of places which includes giving priority to families whose children are preschool aged at the time they attend the programme.

At the moment due to the Pandemic restrictions we are not able to offer our usual face to face sessions. From September 2020 we will be beginning to offer families who are currently on our waiting list some online sessions.

If your child is preschool aged and you would like to be considered for a place on the EarlyBird Programme please complete the application Form below.  Please note that completing an application from does not guarantee you a place on the programme.

EarlyBird Application Form

Bespoke Support

Book bespoke support by completing this order form or email your request to eycpd@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

  • An EY SEND Advisor can offer telephone advice or may offer  a setting visit to support a Pre-school Early Years Setting meet the needs of a child with Autism.  Information about accessing EY SEND involvement is available on the Early Years SEND and Inclusion Home Page.
  • Schools can receive telephone advice from an EY SEND Advisor or can purchase support for children with autism in their Reception Class.
In-House Training

Autism Education Trust - "Making Sense of Autism"

Protocol for in-house training

Book in-house training by completing this order form or email your request to eycpd@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Further Autism Training for Professionals

Autism Education Trust Training Courses

Details of AET training courses in Buckinghamshire can be found in the Early Years Service Training Calendar,

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