GLIMMER will take you from the confusion and overwhelm of first learning about Autism, to insight, understanding and belonging.
You want the support of the right professionals so you can feel sure of the path you are on. You want to be able to trust you are getting the right information.
You want to understand more about autism, about which therapies are effective, about which therapists will help with which challenges and how to coordinate it all-without feeling so overwhelmed!
You want to know that there are other parents who are going through what you are and that also understand your experiences. You want to feel connected and supported.
You want to have a sense of hope for your child's future and you want to instil this in them. You want to trust in your decisions and move forwards into the future with positivity.
Kate French is a Clinical Psychologist and the founder of Side by Side Psychology, which is a bricks and mortar practice in Mildura, Victoria. This practice is dedicated to helping families that have been touched in some way, by Autism.
Kate has worked with parents, toddlers, children, teens and adults that are all affected by Autism in some way. For the past 16 years she has been working face to face with families and continues to do this today.
Being a psychologist in a small rural town, the demand quickly filled her available hours. But wanting to help more families with the knowledge she's acquired, the idea of an online group parent program was developed.
This program is Kate sharing her expertise, knowledge and drawing together wonderful parents-like you.
You need support, the right information and belonging, especially at the beginning of the Autism journey.
GLIMMER is the first steps towards of understanding how Autism has touched you and your family and how you will can feel hopeful and supported moving forwards.
Too often families feel alone on this path and GLIMMER is about providing the information, education and support at this time.
Kate's role is to light the path and be a guide, so you can do your job of being the the best parent you can for your child and your family.
This four week online group program will be a chance for you to get the essential information and insights, so you can easily see where you are going. Glimmer will turn a glow into a shine and light the way with like-minded parents who are also on a similar journey.
You will understand and reflect on the autism assessment process you have been through and be clear on understanding how a diagnosis is concluded from behaviour, sensory and emotional understanding.
You will reflect on understanding your child’s autism diagnosis (or what you can expect if you are about to embark on the assessment process).
You will look at your family supports and issues of disclosure of diagnosis (to family or your child).
You will reflect on your goals, supports and priorities depending on the age and needs of your child.
You will learn what is important to consider for therapy options for your child and also cover the different disability, education and medical systems that you will need to navigate.
You will learn about key challenges to understanding autism specific therapies including early intervention (evidence based), modified therapies (social stories, Autplay, social thinking) and modified cognitive behavioural therapy.
You will reflect on parental self care, ideas and parenting interventions and programs.
You will also look at family issues such as non-diagnosed members and the impact on siblings and how this affects decisions making.
You will be able to see the pathway forwards when parenting children who have a different way of thinking, behaving and experiencing.
Who is GLIMMER for ?
GLIMER is for YOU if you are a parent that does not want to be alone and overwhelmed by what to do and where to go in your autism journey.
It's for YOU if you want to have guidance, understanding and belonging as you learn about the wonderful facets of autism and its presence in your child and family.
It's for YOU if you know you deserve to feel supported and optimistic about the future and are prepared to take the steps towards this.
Being involved in GLIMMER will be a commitment of two meetings each week, as well as completion of your Workbooks in between sessions. The livestreams will generally be about an hour in length. A Live presentation will occur within our closed Facebook Group each Monday (AEST). Each Friday there will be a secure Zoom Meeting meeting with the group discussing the content delivered and answering your questions. The length of this will vary between 60-90minutes depending on group size.
Times that these meeting will start will be varied to suit the group, but will be between 9-3pm (AEST).
This group program will be a small community of like minded parents, so we are limiting it to 12 parents only. However because it is delivered online, if you want your partner to also attend your meetings then this is encouraged. A small group allows us to be able to address your specific needs and goals more easily.
Kate is a non-registered provider of support and intervention for clients that have NDIS funding. It is possible that families have been known to have training and support covered by NDIS if they are Self or Plan Managed. It is advisable that you discuss this with your Plan Manager (if you have one) and ensure that this program aligns with the goals of your child's plan. Confirmation of a payment commitment from a Plan Manager would need to occur prior to you commencing the group if you were to use NDIS funding.
If you cannot make the Facebook Live or the Zoom Q&A session, it is intended that these will all be recorded and these will be found within the Glimmer-Autism Journey Facebook Group. These will be kept until the group is concluded.
If you have any concerns about security, refunds or terms and conditions, please head to the the Kate French website for Terms and Conditions.
We recommend you have a secure internet connection and some headphones that has a microphone imbedded. It is also ideal if you can have privacy and minimal background noise so that you are able to hear the contents and on the Livestreams and on the Zoom session and so you can talk freely. You will also have to have access to Facebook and join the closed Facebook Group- as that is where our session recordings, notices and files will be shared for the life of the group.
It is anticipated that Glimmer may be offered a number of times throughout the year, however, this may be the only time in 2020 due to the commitments Kate has made to other programs running in her practice.
Facebook Live's are Monday into the group and the closed Zoom Meetings are Fridays.
The next group are still to be confirmed. Get on Kate's list for regular updates and to be the first to know about new dates.
Head the the bottom of this page to complete the form with your name and email contact and then click the link to make the single payment of $499 to join GLIMMER.
Following this, you will receive an email inviting you to join the closed Facebook Group.
Within this closed Group you will find your Workbook in the Files section which you can download.
We will also have the Zoom link for each week recorded in this group.
The first session commences on a Monday, with dates to be confirmed.
You are a parent that has recently found out that your child has Autism or you strongly suspect that they might be on the Autism Spectrum.
You are at the beginning of your journey and are seeking clarity on 'where to from here'? and 'what do I need to know?' and 'what does the future look like now?'.....
GLIMMER is for parents like you, who want to know what they can expect in the coming weeks, months and years and want to feel hopeful looking forwards.
You are keen to understand how an autism diagnosis might change things and are passionate about how to support your child the best way you can.
This program is for those parents that are searching for a sense of hopefulness and excitement about the future for their child and for their family and are prepared to commit to this.
Every WEEK, you YOU WILL: