What a typical session looks like

Find out what to expect when you and your child attend BeyondAutism Early Years.

Upon accepting a place at BeyondAutism Early Years, you will be allocated a weekly slot(s) that you will attend for up to two terms (depending on which group you are placed in). Children attend the sessions with their parents/carers and there are up to 6 families in each session.

Our core staff team consists of a Behaviour Analyst, a Specialist Teacher and a team of Early Years Family Practitioners (EYFPs). Every family is allocated a key worker who will be shared amongst 2 families.

Within the first few weeks of attending the service, bespoke targets will be designed collaboratively between you and the team. Targets will differ slightly depending on whether your child attends the Early Years’ Group or School Readiness Group – see more about targets and how the specific sessions are run below.

Incorporated within every session, we also run a parent discussion session. This is the opportunity for parents to take 30-45 minutes out of the room to have a hot drink with the other parents. A member of the team will host each session, with discussion focussed on a particular topic. We have an ever-growing range of over 30 topics, including developing communication, supporting behaviours that challenge, parent mental health and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). These sessions are an opportunity to learn about different strategies, in addition to building a support network and sharing with others on a similar journey to yourselves.

Early Years' Group (Two terms)

These sessions are designed to be fun, and all learning occurs through play.  

Each child has a communication target as this is at the core of everything we do. If your child is speaking with few or no words we will explore alternative communication systems with you and choose a communication target based on your child's needs and their preferences. 

Your other targets will be chosen by you and based on what is the most important for you and your family. The scope of potential targets is wide, and might include: 

  • Developing play skills 
  • Tolerating brushing teeth 
  • Independent eating with a fork 
  • Tolerating waiting 
  • Walking in the community 
  • Joining group activities 
  • Developing social skills 
  • Understanding routines 
  • Learning to imitate,  
  • Developing academic skills 
  • Tolerating having a haircut 
  • Toilet training.  

Parents are required to stay for the whole session and take an active role in running the targets. 

The team will work with you to devise individual strategies and resources to support your child in developing these skills. During the session the team will model these techniques to you, and you will have the opportunity to practice. The aim is that you will feel empowered to implement these techniques throughout the rest of your week, leading to rapid and sustained outcomes for you and your child.

Each session lasts two and a half hours and includes a range of individual and group activities, all aimed to promote learning and development (see timetable below). We start every session with some free play, followed by a hello song to welcome all the families together. Other activities include group time, sensory stories, and snack time, as well as plenty of time to work on individual targets through play. We always finish with a goodbye song and an opportunity for parents to reflect on the session and their child’s progress towards the targets. 

Time Activity(s)  
9.30 / 1.00   Families Arrive  
9.40 / 1.10   Hello Song  
9.45 / 1.15  

Children – Group Time  

(Alternating Bucket Time & Story Time)  

Parents – Parent Discussion Session  
10.30 / 2.00   Snack Time
10.45 / 2.15   Individual Targets  
11.30 / 3.00   Group Time (Alternating Bucket Time & Story Time)  
11.55 / 3.25   Goodbye Song  
12.00 / 3.30   Families Leave   

School Readiness Group (One term)

These sessions follow a more adult-led focus than the Early Years’ Group, with a range of group and individual activities designed by a Specialist Teacher to prepare your child for accessing and thriving in a classroom environment.

Targets typically focus on communication, group skills, following instructions and self-regulation. The team will work with you to devise individual strategies and resources to support your child in developing these skills. Parents are required to stay for the whole session and take an active role in running the targets. During the session the team will model these techniques to you, and you will have the opportunity to practice. Again, the aim is that you will feel empowered to implement these techniques throughout the rest of your week, and see rapid and sustained outcomes for you and your child.

Each session lasts two and a half hours and includes a range of individual and group activities, all aimed to promote learning and development (see timetable below). Each session starts with some free play, followed by a hello song/circle time. Other activities include academic groups (phonics/maths/PSHE), snack time and time for individual targets and/or group games. We always finish with a goodbye song and an opportunity for parents and children to reflect on the session.

Time Activity(s)  
9.30 / 1.00   Families Arrive  
9.45 / 1.15  

Children – Hello Song /  Circle Time 

Parents – Parent Discussion Session  
10.15 / 1.45  Bucket Time
10.45 / 2.15   Academic Group(s)
11.15 / 2.45  Snack Time
11.30 / 3.00   Individual Targets / Paired Games
11.50 / 3.20   Goodbye Song / Debrief  
12.00 / 3.30   Families Leave