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Cothú is the Irish word for ‘nurture’. We chose this word because this is what we want for Autistic children- to be nurtured and accepted. Our Cothú program is designed to support parents and carers to nurture their Autistic child after the diagnostic process and beyond.

We will train your team to deliver this neuro-affirming program to parents of newly identified Autistic children which will support them to parent their child in ways that are respectful to them and their neurotype. 


Neurodiversity-affirming means that we offer you advice and information that is highly respectful of Autistic children’s neurotype and that is because we too are Autistic!

With so much information on autism it can be hard to know where to go and who to trust.

We understand that this can be overwhelming for parents and we have designed this course so that your team can train parents so that they  can get on with parenting and enjoying their relationship with their child. 

What is Cothú Parents Program?

Cothú is a Train the Trainer Course for diagnostic teams, social workers and other professionals supporting parents of Autistic children who are looking for a neuro-affirming course to deliver to those parents to start them on the right track after identification of their child. 

The Team Training

We will deliver training in AUsome ethos, methods, ideologies and train professionals to deliver the course to parent groups of up to 12 people.

All course materials, slides, pdfs are provided so you can concentrate on building that connection with parents and your supportive role in delivering neuro-affirming content. 

Training Pathway

  3 x 4 hour training sessions

Training Delivery 

Can be delivered online to any team in the world or offline if your team is based in  Ireland 

Licensing and Support

Fidelity Checks

Mentoring from AUsome Training on first delivery to parents. 

Feedback session with AUsome Training after delivery to parents.

2yr License with 2 x 4 hours training on renewal – €850 pp

Pricing Structure

Up to 16 People
Up to 25 People

Founder of AUsome Training Evaleen Whelton made the wonderful discovery that she was Autistic in 2014 at the age of 37.

She has worked as a speech and drama teacher for over 20 years teaching children, teens and young adults.  Evaleen also hosted Ireland’s first ever all-autistic conference in February 2019 in Cork where all the speakers were Autistic themselves. She believes that Autistic voices and perspectives must be central to discussions on autism. 

In her teaching with Konfident Kidz and training career Evaleen has worked with Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, Forsa, HSE, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Foroige, Jack and Friends Centre for Autism and Rainbow Club Cork.

Evaleen is passionate about supporting parents to parent their Autistic kids Autistically!

Her work is internationally recognised and recommended. Her work around neuro-affirming alternatives to social skills is second to none. 

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What can you expect from our autism training for parents?

Parents will get an insight into the challenges Autistic children face in the social and physical environment and learn strategies  to  support their child to advocate for their needs. 

Parents will be relieved of the myths and discriminatory ideas around autism and given instead a fresh outlook on Neurodiversity and the Autistic way of being. 

The aim of Cothú is to support parents so that they in turn can support their Autistic children to be their authentic selves.

Cothú will help parents to enjoy relationships with their children and family life through Acceptance and Understanding which is not offered by any other courses. 



  1. Raising a happy, authentic Autistic child

     2. How to Parent Autistically 

  1. Autistic Communication and Social Skills – how to interpret your Autistic child and to adapt your own communication
  1. Highlight the importance of access to AAC for non-speaking Autistics 

     5. Sharing your child’s  identity with                them and others

  1. Ways to encourage inclusion and acceptance in the school environment
  1. The sensory environment
  1. Supporting your child to advocate for themselves

Why choose Cothú?

  1. We’re Autistic-led 

     2. We’re neuro-affirming

     3. We celebrate Neurodiversity 

     4. Rights-based approach 

     5. Most up to date course available

    6. Strength’s based approach 

    7. Award-winning trainers

    8. Trauma- informed 

What can you expect from working with us?

We are dedicated to changing the lives of Autistic people young and old for the better. This is our mission. 

We advocate for the rights of Autistics as well as offering training to those who want to be part of this positive change.

We offer materials of the highest quality by design and content. 

Our content is aligned with the values of Neurodiversity and the most current research. 

We are opposed to ABA and all of its derivatives and offer much better solutions than these abusive approaches. 

Our after care service will ensure that your team are supported  every step of the way.

By choosing Cothú you have the peace of mind to know you are giving parents and their children the very best start.