Training for Professionals

An Introduction to Autism and Asperger syndrome

For anyone who is interested in learning more about supporting people with Autism and Asperger syndrome.

The training aims to give people a real understanding of what autism is and what it feels like to have autism or Asperger syndrome, as well as learning some strategies and ideas for supporting people on the autism spectrum.

The course covers:

  • What is Autism?
    Key areas of difficulties, sensory sensitivities and real-life accounts
  • Behaviour and Communication
    Understanding behaviour difficulties, Using visual supports and communication strategies
  • The Berkshire Autism Alert Card

These half-day courses are held in our office at Unit 7, Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ.

They cost £25 for professionals who are Autism Berkshire members and £45 for professionals who are not members. All those attending will receive a training pack and certificate.

For dates of forthcoming sessions, see our events calendar.

Places must be booked and paid for in advance. Call 01189 594 594 or email

Bespoke Autism Training

These sessions deliver targeted training for groups of people, such as employment specialists, care workers and those working in education, health or the criminal justice system. They are tailored to meet the specific requirements of clients.

They are suitable for professionals who would like to increase their knowledge of autism, improve their practice and learn about useful strategies for working with people on the autism spectrum.

Content includes an outline of autism and also looks at sensory sensitivities, behaviour and communication, as well as providing a range of hand-outs and key information. The sessions are interactive and provide a unique perspective on autism.

Half-day or full-day courses are available, along with shorter information sessions. They cost £250 per half day for groups of 12 to 15 people. All those attending will receive a training pack and certificate.

For more information, to discuss specific requirements and to book a session, call Claire Finnerty on 01189 594 594 or email