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Supporting Adoptive Families Parenting Children with Autism (including Children diagnosed with Autism Post-adoption)

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


This expert-led training session led by Dr Helen Rodwell will help practitioners to develop an understanding of autism and neurodiversity in adopted children. We will learn about different ideas on how professionals can ‘get to know’ and then support autistic children, young people, and their families.

“Helen was highly informed and experienced. Her examples from her own clinical practice were really helpful in understanding how to put the training into practice.” – Attendee, 2023

We will discuss the different aspects of autism and the challenges it can pose for children and parents, providing strategies for managing challenging situations.

“Helen was great, never made me feel like anything I asked was wrong.”– Attendee, 2023

The training day will explore the following areas:

  • Overview of autism, neurodiversity, and neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Beliefs about autism, trauma & attachment
  • What does research and the autistic community tell us?
  • Tools & resources to support adoptive parents navigating placement transitions, contact, and explaining the past

Learning 0utcomes

  • Overview of autism, neurodiversity, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Overview of autism, trauma & attachment
  • Tools & resources which professionals can use to get to know the autistic child/young person and identify what might help

About the trainer

Dr Helen Rodwell

Helen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer, and EMDR Europe Accredited Adult, Child and Adolescent Practitioner.

Helen has extensive experience of working therapeutically with birth families, ‘looked after’, ‘edge of care’ and adopted children and adolescents. Her specialist area is working with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, bereavement, separation, attachment difficulties, developmental trauma and / or show complex behavioural / emotional difficulties, and neurodevelopmental differences. Helen consults and offers supervision and training to other professionals including those working within post-adoption, ‘looked after’ and family legal systems. Her therapeutic models include Theraplay, DDP, EMDR, cognitive behaviour therapy, parenting strategies, clinical hypnosis and family systemic therapy.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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