Parent Workshops

This term, the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) at Kestrel House School will continue to facilitate monthly workshops for parents and family members of a child with autism. Like last term, parents whose child is not enrolled at Kestrel House School are welcome to join. Once a month, Anne, Saffira or Bridget will present some ideas and strategies around one specific topic, which we will then discuss to share each other’s thoughts and ideas. Some parents (mothers and fathers) attended last term’s workshops and expressed interest in some more sessions. Below are the dates and topics for next term’s Parent Workshops:


  • February 27th     Daily living skills: toileting, eating, getting dressed, facilitated by Bridget/OT
  • March 27th            Behaviour management: introduction to the 5P approach, facilitated by Anne


 All sessions are from 1.00am – 2.00pm with an opportunity for an informal chat from 2.00-2.30pm over refreshements

If you are interested in attending our Parent Workshops, please contact Anne:


Telephone:     020 8348 8500


We very much look forward to welcoming you.


The Multi-Disciplinary Team at Kestrel House School

Anne Wagner, Assistant Psychologist

Bridget de Villiers, Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Saffira Matfield, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Please note that by attending our Parent Workshops, parents will not be able to tour the building and staff will not be available to discuss possible uptake of new pupils at the school. Instead, parents are advised to keep an eye on dates for “Open Days”, which will be advertised on the school’s website. We thank you for your understanding.



NAS Early Bird Plus Programme

Kestrel House are excited to announce that from the Autumn Term they will be offering the NAS Early Bird Plus programme for parents whose child has received a later diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is aged 4-8 and in Early Years or Key Stage One provision.

The programme addresses the needs of both home and school settings by training parents/carers together with a professional who is working regularly with their child, the aim being that a child will be given consistent support. We work to build both parents’ and professionals’ confidence and encourage them to problem solve together.

To book your place on the course or for more information Contact Lina Leandro, Parent Liaison Officer, on 020 8348 8500 or email

For more information about the Early Bird Plus click on the link below:

NAS Early Bird Plus Programme

NAS Early Bird Plus Leaflet

Sleep Scotland Clinics

Studies have shown that of the 500,000 people on the autistic spectrum in the UK most have some sort of sleep problems. Over a third of them suffer from serious sleep problems that are debilitating for their families, partners and carers. There are currently not a lot of services offered to parents of children with sleep problems.

The aim of the Sleep Scotland clinic at Kestrel House is to provide support for children diagnosed with Autism who have serious sleep problems. The clinics work by appointment only. Our Kestrel House team will work from a multi-professional team approach. We are currently undergoing special training that will qualify us as Sleep Councilors and enable us to provide the service. Families attending our clinics are introduced to various techniques including behavioral modification, sleep history and sleep diaries. These are used to look at existing sleep problems and improve sleep patterns.

For more information please click on the link below:

Sleep Scotland