Community Learning for Autistic Adults

 Independent Living Course

These free workshops are for adults on the autism spectrum, to help them learn basic everyday skills needed for an independent life and to develop confidence.

Among the skills covered by the course are:

  • Healthy eating
  • Budgeting and setting up and managing a bank account
  • Personal hygiene
  • Basic first aid
  • Building self-esteem

The course is made up of weekly workshops, running over eight weeks in the evening. Each week participants will also prepare, cook and share a meal together.

The weekly sessions, which last for two hours, are held at Braywick Heath Nurseries, 41 Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX.

A new course starts in April, with sessions on Tuesdays April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, June 6 and June 13.

For more information and to book a place, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Places can also be reserved by clicking on the button below.

Eventbrite - Autism Berkshire Independent Living Course in Maidenhead for ages 19+ (8 sessions over 9 weeks)

These courses are funded by Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Adult & Community Learning Fund.

Socialeyes Course

This free course for adults on the autism spectrum, aged 19 or over, helps to develop social skills and understanding.

Socialeyes was developed by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with people with autism and Asperger syndrome and leading professionals in the field.

Socialeyes does not ask people on the autism spectrum to change ‘inappropriate’ social behaviour or to acquire social skills by copying the ‘typical’ behaviour of others. Instead, it gives people the option of learning social interaction skills or alternative social strategies.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

The course is made up of weekly two-hour workshops, running over eight weeks in the evening.

Courses funded by Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Community Learning Fund are held in Langley, near Slough.

A new course runs from April, with sessions on Mondays April 24, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26.

Places can also be reserved by clicking on the button below.

Eventbrite - Autism Berkshire Socialeyes course at Langley College for ages 19+ (8 weeks)

A course funded by Reading Borough Council will be held at the New Directions North Reading Centre, in Archway Road, Caversham, starting on Tuesday, May 9, with further sessions on May 16, May 23, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27 and July 4. Please note that the course in Reading is open to those aged 18 and above.

Eventbrite - Autism Berkshire Socialeyes course READING for ages 18+ (8 weeks)

For more information, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Staying Safe on Social Media

This new free course will help autistic adults aged 18+ to safely navigate the online world and to respect other people they communicate with digitally.

The course, taking place at Braywick Heath Nurseries in Maidenhead, will consist of three two-hour sessions, running over consecutive weeks, with separate groups for men and women.

The first session will look at online security issues, including the need to use strong passwords and sharing personal information on social media.

The second focuses on interpreting things other people have written, inappropriate social media posts, and cyberbullying and its impact on others.

The third session will explain how people can protect themselves online if they receive unwanted attention and where to go for help, including expert advice from a police officer. It will also look at the positive side of the online world, including tools and software to enhance users’ experiences.

Sessions will be tailored to meet individual or group needs.

These courses are for autistic adults aged 18+ who are residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and the Borough of Slough. They are funded by the two councils’ joint Adult & Community Learning Fund.

We expect most places on the courses will be taken by people referred by social care professionals, but please contact the Autism Berkshire office to let us know if you are interested in attending if places are available. We hope to offer the course in other areas in the future.

A pilot course for men was run in February 2017.

The course for women will run on Thursdays March 9, March 16 and March 23. All sessions run from 7pm to 9pm.

For more information, call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

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