Teen Life courses for Parents and School Staff

Teen Life is a six-session course for parents and carers of autistic young people aged 10 to 16 and accompanying members of school staff who support their children.

It aims to help them to understand more about autistic teenagers, discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support autistic young people.

Developed by the National Autistic Society with input from parents and autistic young people, the course covers topics including self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, understanding an autism diagnosis, puberty, independence, special interests and education and planning for the future.

We are running two courses in 2020 in Thatcham for parents and carers who are residents of the West Berkshire Council area, as follows:

  • January 27 to March 9 (NB: no session on Monday, February 17, due to half-term). 
  • April 20 to June 1 (no session on Monday, May 25, due to bank holiday. 

The course sessions will take place at the Swings & Smiles special needs playcentre, in Lower Way, Thatcham, running for two-and-a-half hours on Mondays, from 12 noon to 2.30pm. 

Places are free of charge, but we ask for a £25 voluntary donation per family to cover the cost of course materials and ask school staff to pay a £30 fee for these.

As the number of places available on the courses is limited, we need to be sure that participants – both parents and school staff – are able to commit to attending all six sessions. 

If you would like to take part, please email an expression of interest and your telephone number to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

Our family support team will then contact you for an informal discussion, to make sure that the course is appropriate for you and to talk about the involvement of a member of staff from your child/children’s school.

If you have any questions about the Teen Life course, please contact the Autism Berkshire family support team on 01189 594 594 (option 1) or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

The Autism Berkshire staff leading the courses have all undertaken training with the National Autistic Society to become licensed Teen Life trainers.

“What a course! I would strongly recommend this programme. I have gained so much knowledge and confidence that I am ready to face the future a lot more positively”

A parent who took the course with the National Autistic Society’s Early Bird team
  • The courses are funded by a grant from West Berkshire Council’s Community Education Fund and the Education & Skills Funding Agency.