Families in Luton Autism Group (FLAG)

Monthly meetings on selected Wednesdays

The autism spectrum team (part of the Special Educational Needs Service) run the Families in Luton Autism Group (FLAG). This was formed to address the needs of families affected by autism after an initial survey highlighted the parents’ wishes to link with families in similar circumstances, have access to a sympathetic listening ear and user friendly information about the autism spectrum.

Each meeting provides parents with an opportunity to discuss issues with other families and carers, teachers, early years advisors and support workers – all of whom have had experience working with autistic children and those with Aspergers Syndrome.

The autism spectrum team can offer advice on how to develop children’s social interaction, communication and flexible thinking skills and discuss what support is available from educational, health and social services.

Meetings will often have a themed topic such as ‘Coping with Christmas’ or ‘Managing Transitions’ and we invite speakers from other services to share information about support available.

We aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome, even if just for a coffee and a chat - but unfortunately we are unable to offer crèche facilities. We aim to hold at least one meeting a month during term times and alternate between mid-morning and evening to fit in with parents' schedules.

There are three alternative groups in Luton for families of children and young people affected by autism you can visit the other group pages here:

  • DADS – specifically for dads and male carers
  • CAUSE - Carers for Autism Support and Education

Autism West Midlands have prepared many free information sheets which can be downloaded as PDFs. They contain practical advice and strategies for families, carers, teachers and other professionals. Basic information on autism is also available in community languages on this web page; to visit the downloads webpage please use the Autism West Midlands link below.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Thomas
Contact Position
Senior Advisory Teacher, Autism Spectrum Team
01582 548151
01582 548168

Where to go

St. Anne's Church Hall
Crawley Green Road

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monthly meetings on selected Wednesdays
Time of day
Session Information
06/02/2019 Evening session 19.00-20.30
06/03/2019 Morning session 10.00-11.30
01/05/2019 Morning session 10.00-11.30
05/06/2019 Evening session 19.00-20.30
10/07/2019 Morning session 10.00-11.30

Other details

Age Range
From: 2 years old
To: 16 years old
Supporting people with
Has experience or training in the following areas, please contact the provider for more details.
Autistic Spectrum Conditions

Living Well With Autism Conference

An uplifting, thought-provoking day that maychallenge your thinking about the autism spectrum

Date: 03 May 2019
Time: 9.30am - 3pm
Venue: University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton, LU1 3JU

Email Karen.thomas@luton.gov.uk to register your interest.

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Address: St. Anne's Church Hall  Crawley Green Road 

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