Parents of children with autism

Is the HOPE course for you or the people you support?

The HOPE parent caregivers course is an interactive, group-based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and Carers Trust Heart of England.  

Self-management is beneficial in helping to improve health and wellbeing. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. The HOPE course provides  a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of  the challenges, frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that caring for a child with ADHD/ASD can bring. HOPE facilitators go through a training programme but more importantly they are a parents of a child with autism.  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


What do participants and facilitators 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)

“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)

Benefits to carers’ and parents’ organisations and commissioners

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

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. 


Are you interested in a bespoke web-based iHOPE course for the people you support?  Contact us  

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