Training for Professionals

An Introduction to Autism

For anyone who is interested in learning more about supporting autistic children, young people and adults.

The training aims to give professionals 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 behavioural difficulties; Using visual supports and communication strategies
  • The Berkshire Autism Alert Card

The course costs £30 per person. All those attending will receive a training pack and certificate.

Details of forthcoming courses will be posted here.

For more information, or if you have difficulties booking online, please call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

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. Our training teams always include an autistic adult.

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 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Among organisations that have recently benefited from visits by our trainers are Reading Buses, Thames Valley Police and Wexham Park Hospital, in Slough.

Staff at Reading Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life (at the University of Reading) attended a tailored training workshop to help them prepare to launch autism-friendly relaxed opening sessions.

Among their comments afterwards were:

“Extremely helpful information, not just for interactions in the workplace but all aspects of life. Thank you for your time and expertise.”

“Very friendly staff, good introduction and directly relevant to all aspects of museums.”

“It was very useful to have presenters who had personal experience of the difficulties that autistic people experience, rather than a purely ‘academic’ presenter.”