About the AAPE

The Authentic Autism Parenting Experience (AAPE) is an online, parent support course delivered by EPT Clinic’s expert, neurodiverse psychology team. It is for parents or caregivers who have an autistic child or young person and need psychological help and support. Delivered in a group over 2 afternoons or evenings in two 2.5 hour sessions  OR privately for one family in one 2.5 hour session.

“I think this is the best course any parent can do”

Mother of a 14 year old boy 2023, Ireland


 The AAPE is suitable for all types of referrals, including children or teenagers who are anxious, presenting with emotional- dysregulation, sensory needs, dysregulated behaviour, non-speaking, speaking, those with co-existing intellectual disabilities and those who are gifted. Each group is tailored to the needs of the parents who present on the course, with parent’s concerns and questions answered by experienced, highly qualified Senior Psychologists and assisting clinicians.  

Lorraine O.B. Madden C.Psychol., Ps.S.I. M6672C

Principal Chartered Educational Psychologist and Clinical Director of EPT Clinic

2022 Recipient of the “Contribution to Professional Practice” award from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)

Psychology Traumatologist and Attachment Specialist

Member of the Special Interest Group in Autism PSI

The programme aims to:


  1. Provide a safe space for parents/caregivers of autistic children and young people to bring their worries, concerns and questions.
  2. Teach parents and caregivers about autism in a neuro-affirmative and positive way, referencing the most up to date research.
  3. Offer practical advice on all things autistic or related to child development and parenting.
  4. Reduce parental anxiety and stress.
  5. Is delivered by autistic and neurotypical clinicians and psychologists.
  6. Shares simple strategies and adaptations with parents that can be made in the home and in school environments to foster an autism informed living and learning experience for your child.
  7. Teaches about sensory and emotional regulation enabling families to thrive.

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Accessible for Everyone


Experienced Healthcare Professionals


Child-Centered Best Practice

“Safe environment ……. non judgemental ………. allowed to voice my concerns and worries to other parents who are going through the very same journey”.

“2 experts in the field of autism giving you guidance and clarity… making you feel empowered about your child”.

“You leave the course feeling so positive”

Mother of 14 year old boy, South East of Ireland

“The insights were so useful … I know that all autistic people experience autism differently but it was so valuable to learn about it in more detail.

“It made me think about how I was feeling. Discussing autism informally with others going through similar stuff… not only lightened the load but also gave me lots of tips. Lorraine was also so full of knowledge and put it across so well. Lastly, getting the validation that some of what I already have in place is probably doing some good”.

Mother of a 6 year old child from Laois

“Getting a good start in your autistic journey matters…”


When are these courses running this year?

Begin your Neurodevelopmental Journey Now...

In EPT Clinic, we offer a neurodevelopmental service pathway, which is explained on the Specialist Neurodevelopmental Service page of our website. If you would like to begin this pathway and access support, please book either Step 1 or Step 2 here now: