Autism NI - Early Intervention Service

Our Early Intervention Service is a partnership service, led by Autism NI, which aims to build and strengthen relationships for families of children with autism aged 12 and under. The service supports families in the Northern and South Eastern Trust areas in a number of way, including:

  • Encouraging early childhood intervention through a programme of practical skills training
  • Training courses for parents and family members
  • Support groups for family members in the community

Families referred to this service through the Northern Trust will engage in a home-based programme for up to 3 weeks. Each meeting will last approximately one to two hours and topics discussed may include:

  • The use of visual structure to help a child understand
  • Structuring the home environment
  • Setting up and maintaining positive routines
  • Daily living skills and play skills
  • Organisation skills, for example, homework schedules

Training will also be available to support parents and family members to build up knowledge, skills and coping strategies. 

For further information on supports available, please contact 028 9040 1729 (option 1) or email