Community Learning for Autistic Adults

We offer two courses for autistic adults to help them develop skills for social situations and everyday living and increase their confidence.

 

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 will take place in the autumn of 2017, on Tuesday evenings, running from October 31 to December 19. This course is now fully booked, but you can still put your name on a waiting list in case anyone cancels their registration. Click on the button to put your name on the waiting list.

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

A further course will be run in April and May 2018.

These courses are funded by Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Adult & Community Learning Fund. Participants must be aged 19+.

  • Please note that, due to council funding rules, if you want to book for both the Independent Living and Socialeyes courses at the same time, we can only offer places on one course free of charge. Please contact the Autism Berkshire office for more information on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Socialeyes Course

This free course for adults on the autism spectrum helps them 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 at Berkshire College’s campus in Langley, near Slough. These course are for participants aged 19+.

A course will take place in the autumn of 2017, on Monday evenings, running from October 30 to December 18. Click on the button to register for free places.

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

A further course will be run in April and May 2018.

  • Please note that, due to council funding rules, if you want to book for both the Independent Living and Socialeyes courses at the same time, we can only offer places on one course free of charge. Please contact the Autism Berkshire office for more information on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Socialeyes courses in Reading, funded by the borough council, for participants aged 18 and above, are held at the New Directions Centre at 330 Northumberland Avenue,  Whitley.

The autumn 2017 course will take place on Tuesday afternoons, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, running from October 31 to December 19. Click on the button to register for free places.

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

Staying Safe on Social Media

This free course helps 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, consists 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.

Pilot courses for men and women were run in February and March 2017.

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

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