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A six-week course helping *neurodivergent teens

feel confident

Understanding my brain

 

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Scheduled courses:
- See 'Holidays' for courses Jul 30th-Aug 1st & Aug 13-15th
- Sep 11th - Oct 16th (Wednesdays 18:00)
- Sep 16th - Oct 21st (Mondays 17:00) 

*Autistic, ADHD, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic, SPD, PDA, Tourettes and all 'spicy' neurotypes welcome. No diagnosis required. Currently supporting 11-14 year olds

Who's it for?

Our course of six weekly zoom sessions is designed to support young people at any stage of their diagnostic and mental health journeys.

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Curious learners

Diagnosis seekers

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Learn how to make your unique brain work for you

Understand and feel confident about your diagnosis

Low-demand sessions designed for demand-avoidant teens

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Anxious teens

Build confidence in who you are and find people like you

Why it works

Our courses combine psycho-education and peer support - the two most effective, evidence-backed techniques for supporting neurodivergent young people.

  • Enhanced Self-Esteem
    Knowledge is power. By understanding their unique strengths and challenges, teens build self-awareness and confidence.
  • Knowledge Empowers
    Armed with knowledge, teens can navigate their world more confidently, make informed decisions about their lives, and gain control and autonomy.
  • Reduced Anxiety
    Improvded understanding of neurodivergent traits can help teens navigate daily life, social interactions and academic challenges, and become less anxious.
  • Validation and Understanding
    Engaging with peers with similar challenges validates teens experiences, creates a sense of camaraderie and reducing feelings of isolation.
  • Increased Self-Acceptance
    Being in a space with similar peers helps teens embrace their unique identities with pride, leading to increased self-acceptance and resilience.
  • Improved Social Confidence
    Interacting with supportive peers helps teens develop their own unique approach to friendships and communication and builds social confidence.

 🧠 Psycho-Education helps teens understand their unique brains through fun, interactive sessions.

Research shows that improving young people's understanding of neurodivergent traits through psychology and neuroscience education, can improved self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and enhanced mental health.

🤝 Peer Support enable young people to share their experiences, so they don't feel alone in their experiences.

Evidence shows that engaging with understanding peers (peer support) improves social satisfaction, increases self-acceptance, and a sense of belonging.

  • Enhanced Self-Esteem
    Knowledge is power. By understanding their unique strengths and challenges, teens build self-awareness and confidence.
  • Knowledge Empowers
    Armed with knowledge, teens can navigate their world more confidently, make informed decisions about their lives, and gain control and autonomy.
  • Reduced Anxiety
    Improvded understanding of neurodivergent traits can help teens navigate daily life, social interactions and academic challenges, and become less anxious.
  • Validation and Understanding
    Engaging with peers with similar challenges validates teens experiences, creates a sense of camaraderie and reducing feelings of isolation.
  • Increased Self-Acceptance
    Being in a space with similar peers helps teens embrace their unique identities with pride, leading to increased self-acceptance and resilience.
  • Improved Social Confidence
    Interacting with supportive peers helps teens develop their own unique approach to friendships and communication and builds social confidence.

How it works

Join a group of 12-14 young people, aged 11-14 for weekly interactive zoom sessions. Learn about your neurotype, build confidence and make friends.

Low demand

Safe & Fun

Neuro-affirming

Attend with cameras on or off. use messaging or chat

Engage via anonymous polling and fun tools

Led by autistic and ADHD tutors and peer mentors

Affordable

£20 per session, or £95 for six, parents welcome

What parents say

Parent of autistic teen (13)

Although nervous before each session, as the course went on those nerves diminished quickly. For me this is huge. After a year of Covid teaching online she'd had enough of video calls. But I think you may have changed her mind. They aren't all bad, and for this, a topic she is insecure about, not having to face others enabled her to have a more comfortable learning environment.

What we cover

In six 50-minute zoom sessions we cover all the key concepts your teen (and you) needs to help them understand their neurodivergent brains.

👍🏼 Session 1: Building confidence
​Our introductory session encourages young people to explore the positive aspects of their neurodivergence and identify their own unique strengths.

👬 Session 2: Navigating Friendships

This session encourages young people to think about what makes a good friend, focusing on the huge strengths that our neurodivergent traits can bring. We then explore the different ways we can show our friends that we care and how we can let our friends know what makes us feel cared for.

​😔 Session 3: Managing Stress
​Using a light-touch approach, young people learn more about the science behind stress and social anxiety, develop a greater awareness of how stress shows up for them, and start to brainstorm what they can do about it.​

👀 Session 4: Sensory Differences
Young people explore how they take in and process sensory information, and what that means about their own unique needs and preferences, and how they can adopt tools and techniques to feel more comfortable in educational and social environments and out-and-about.

​⏰ Session 5: Understanding Executive Functioning
​This session explores the differences in neurodivergent young people’s ability to plan, organise, start tasks, transition tasks, emotionally regulate and track time. We then explore how to find unique solutions that work for us, and talk about how we can talk to friends and family about our needs.


​📢 Session 6: Communicating My Needs
​Our final session encourages young people to take everything they’ve learned about their own needs and preferences, and gives them the communication tools to more effectively advocate for themselves.

Meet your tutors and peer mentors

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Zak (Autistic & ADHD)

Physicist and Peer Mentor

Here’s Zak, one of our workshop assistants. He has an amazing range of interests including bookbinding, writing and coding. Zak had to navigate a range of sensory difficulties growing up and is now at university studying physics. 

Want to know more?

Thinking the course might be right for your child, but you'd like to know more? Leave your details and we'll be in touch!

Signup for Spring 2024

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