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A typical day

Our day starts at 7.30 not 1 minute less or more, he sits in the same seat on settee and I help put his socks on, apparently they feel more comfortable if I do this for him, they feel weird if he does it, then we he goes to the toilet whilst I get the toothbrush and tooth paste ready, I have to brush his teeth (he is nearly 13) but he worries that he doesn’t do it to keep his teeth healthy and I suppose it’s part of our rigid routine, and I’m his comfort zone so mammy does make me feel secure, back to the living room to sit on the same seat of the settee and proceed with the getting dressed with each item being put on in exact the same order as each and every school day, the boxers, the vest, the trousers the trainers (mam has to do the laces as I struggle and can’t do this) then the shirt and jumper, then comb hair and blazer last as the hair bits must not drop on the blazer, then I will be asked over and over is everything ok, does everything look right, can you see my socks, we now have 2 minutes until the taxi is due, so I’m now asked what lessons do I have? I tell him and he will repeat it over a few times until taxi comes, finally taxi here and off he goes, escort has to put belt on him as he panics and needs to know he in safe, he sits in total silence and doesn’t wave me off, just gives a little head nod.

Taxi arrives at home time, he comes through door and strips off down to his boxers and vest leaving the dirty clothes in exact the same place as he does every school day, gets himself a drink and goes up to h9s bedroom, turns Xbox on straight away, gets on the headset and chatters away to his friends(a few that he in the same unit with at school) not the loudness becomes unbearable with how loud he is, yes he’s having fun  and laughing, but he’s like a different child, as at school he is apparently the quietest child there,5 o’clock comes and will come down to ask what is for food and how long, I always offer 2 choices as any more overwhelms and confuses him, he goes back up to his room, say I told him it would be 30 minutes at exactly that time, he will shout down my food should be ready now, and if not now needs to know why,ok so he comes down sits in the same seat and eats h9s food in silence (uses knife and fork in opposite hand as apparently that is more appropriate for him), back upstairs he goes, wont see him for a other few hours now until bedtime us approaching, which happens to be the same time that I now sit down to relax and watch the will now come down and talk through the programme to insist on telling me all about his school day as he hasn’t had time before now, but I can always pause the programme as I am really happy that he wants to talk to me and tell he what he has done that school day or even tell me what his friends have done, he rarely does hugs but whilst he’s talking to me, he drapes his legs on me and asks me to scratch them, I guess this is sensory for him and forms a connection, brush teeth time again for him and off to bed he goes, doesnt sleep very well and 3 hours is an average for him, when he wakes up he makes sure I know by calling me and coming into my room, he will entertain himself by drawing or You tube, often shouting to ask if I’m awake til its 7.30 in the morning and the whole routine will start again.

How we helpOur Programmes

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For Parents

Early bird plus programme

Early Bird Plus is aimed at parents and carers of autistic children aged five and under nine. The programme combines the supportive dynamic of group sessions with the individualised, one-to-one support of home visits*.

The Early Bird Plus programme consists of eight sessions, each of which are 2.5 hours in length, and two home visits*. Programmes are run for up to six families at a time. Each family is allocated three places on the Early Bird programme: two for parents or carers and one for an accompanying professional.

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For Parents

Early bird teen life programme

Teen Life is a six-session programme for parents/carers of young people aged 10 to 16 years on the autism spectrum.

Programmes are run for up to six families at a time. Each family is allocated three places on the Teen Life programme: two for parents or carers and one for an accompanying professional.

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For Parents

Nurture programme: parenting puzzles

The programme is intended to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships and to inspire positive changes.

The 10-week Nurturing Programme is effective in universal settings and is also used by practitioners to deliver targeted support as part of specialist interventions such as: working with parents in prison, and parents whose children have special needs

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For Parents

Lego based therapy

Lego Based Therapy is a Social development programme for children with ASD and related conditions such as ADHD. It is now used in school settings and is often recommended by professionals as an intervention for children with social communication needs.

We have a 2 week programme to train parents to be able to use Lego Based Therapy at home with their children.

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For Parents

Parent & carer wellbeing programme

Most parents put the needs of their child first.  Parents of children with Additional Needs have even less time and energy to focus on their own physical and mental health & wellbeing.

CBS aim to shine the light on parental mental health and alleviate some of the problems by offering parent led respite activities, specialised counselling and wellbeing workshops, such as, relaxation techniques, yoga and mindfulness addressing stress and anxiety.

Parents’ Guide to the Galaxy – A six week long series of workshops and information sessions to encourage parental self-care and emotional well-being.

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For Parents

Early intervention behaviour programme

This 6-week programme, aimed at parents who have children with behaviour that challenges and have no diagnosis.

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For Parents

The Parent Factor in ADHD

The Parent Factor in ADHD is a 9-week programme for parent carers who have a child diagnosed with ADHD.

The programme starts with a pre-group meeting which allows the group participants to meet with the facilitator. This serves a number of functions, but most importantly it gives parents the opportunity to talk (as much or as little as they wish) about their experiences, including any concerns they may have.

Participants then attend a weekly series of six, two-hour long sessions. Each session has specific aims and is led by a CBS facilitator.

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For Schools and Organisations

Mission Incredible! – Teacher training package

A specialised training package designed to give teachers and teaching assistants key skills and techniques for coping with children with additional needs.

This training package can be tailored to the specific needs of each school.

Schools Programmes are free this year, thanks to external funding. Please contact CBS to discuss your needs. 

For Schools and Organisations

Restorative approach programme – Linking parents and schools

We offer a Restorative Approach Programme, building a bridge between parents with children with additional needs and their schools to support a positive relationship and mutual understanding.

Schools Programmes are free this year, thanks to external funding. Please contact CBS to discuss your needs.