Now recruiting for pilot sessions in Oxford, beginning September 2022

What’s happening?

For the first phase of the project, we are looking for families to pilot the new START programme. The first round of pilots is full, but the second round begin in September (dates and times still to be confirmed).

The play sessions use activities, games and songs to provide enjoyable opportunities for toddlers’ skill development. The sessions are designed to be inclusive and accessible, and to encourage parents to support and share ideas with each other.

What does taking part involve?

Taking part in this pilot phase involves:

  • answering a screening questionnaire, either online or by phone to check eligibility for the study
  • attending weekly play sessions with your child, where you will be given activity ideas, and resources for your child to take home
  • filling in a weekly questionnaire about the sessions

We can cover travel costs (up to £15) for each session.

Who can take part?

To be able to be take part in this phase of the study you must:

  • have a child born between June 2020 and December 2020 who has a close biologically-related family member (e.g. their mum, dad, brother or sister) who is autistic or who has ADHD (either diagnosed or suspected). If your child is not old enough to take part in this round please still contact us, as they may be eligible for other sessions.
  • Be aged 18 years or older yourself
  • Be willing and able to attend at least 7 1-hour parent-toddler sessions located in Oxford, over a 3-month period.
  • Be able to understand spoken English (so that you can take part in the parent-toddler sessions).