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Does your child have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) or are they in the process of being assessed?

The Cygnet programme is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the condition and the impact this may have on you and your child. We believe you are the experts when it comes to your children but understand every child is unique.

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The core 6 week course covers the following topics:

  • What we know about autism – facts and myths
  • Autism and diagnosis
  • Strengths and challenges
  • Your journey as a parent
  • The senses and sensory issues
  • Strategies and resources
  • Different types of communication
  • Visual aids and support strategies
  • Self-regulation & behaviour
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After the core 6 week programme we offer additional sessions which covers:

  • Autism through the eyes of a sibling with autism
  • Worries and concerns with sibling rivalry
  • Understanding of autism in the family
Puberty, Sexual well-being and Relationships:
  • Understanding our bodies and looking after them
  • Sex and the law
  • Touch and personal space
  • Types of relationships
  • Feelings, emotions, keeping safe and bullying

Parents can network and talk with each other every week and have told us how this has helped them feel they are not alone with having a child with autism.

If interested in this course please complete the enquiry form

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Additional information you may find useful:

Nationally from the National Autistic Society

Locally we have AIM Isle of Wight and you can see their groups and activities here

Or on

Additional local support available for parents of children with additional needs through Parents Voice Welcome to the Parents Voice website

SEND IASS | Advice and guidance for parents of children with special educational needs / learning disabilities on the Isle of Wight


West & Central Hub
East Newport Family Centre
PO30 2AX

01983 529208

North East Wight Hub
Ryde Family Centre
George Street
PO33 2JF

01983 617617

South Wight Hub
Sandown Family Centre
The Fairway
PO36 9EQ

01983 408718


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