Parents of children with autism


The Hope course for parents of children with autism

The HOPE parent caregivers course is an interactive, face-to-face, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The HOPE course provides  the people you support with the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of the challenges, frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that caring for a child with autism can bring. The course deals with:

  • Goal setting and action planning

  • Looking for solutions to problems

  • Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)

  • Fatigue management

  • Emotional management

  • Behaviour management

  • Identifying your strengths

  • Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more

  • Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)

  • Prioritising the important things in life

  • Communication skills

How does HOPE help?

After attending the HOPE course parents feel:

  • More positive mental wellbeing

  • More feelings of gratitude

  • More hopeful about the future

  • Less depressed

  • Less anxious

When parents attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which  can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals and more efficient and effective use of healthcare resources.

What do parents say about the HOPE course?

The tutors are very knowledgeable in what they are talking about and made me feel comfortable and at ease to interact with the group.
— Parent carer

I have learned something from everyone, including how to be more positive and set goals to achieve more. We have enjoyed a lot of laughter and some sadness – to meet others with similar issues has been a good thing.
— Parent carer

Further Information

This HOPE course is run by Carers Trust Heart of England and is currently only available in Coventry & Warwickshire. Contact Carers Trust Heart of England contact for further details about joining the course.

Get in touch with us if you would like to know more about commissioning or licensing the Hope Programme, whether group based or online. If you don’t see the course you want to commission here, get in touch and we will design a course for you.