The Cygnet plus programme focuses on good sleep routines, sibling rivalry and sexual well-being and relationships for children and young people with Autism.
The programme is delivered as follows:
One session on Sleep: The session offers support and strategies to enable parents to develop good sleep routines for their children and young people with Autism. The session also explores an understanding of sleep and the importance of healthy sleep.
Two sessions on Sibling rivalry: The sessions will focus on the issue of rivalry, which arises in families where there is a child with Autism and one or more children who do not have Autism. Parents in this situation have often shared that there can be intense rivalry as a result of the children who do not have Autism experiencing that the child with Autism has more attention from their parent(s)
Three sessions on Puberty, sexual well-being and relationships: The sessions will address:
- what is puberty, the issues, which arise with the onset of puberty and understanding the human body.
- sexual well-being, an understanding of sex and looking after our bodies.
- relationships, including types of relationships, building relationships, feelings and emotions, social interaction, keeping safe and bullying.
One roundup session, evaluation and closure
Programme duration: Programme duration: 3-hour weekly sessions over 6 weeks
Start date: This programme will be Available Spring 2024 (date to be confirmed)
Audience: For parents with children aged 5-18 years