Workshops for Parents and Carers

Autism Seminars for Families

This programme of seminars, developed by the National Autistic Society, provides information, advice and support to families of children and young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), including Asperger syndrome.Autism-seminars-for-families-200x210

We offer three free courses:

  • Understanding Autism, suitable for parents and carers of children aged up to 11, looking at what autism is, the assessment process at Berkshire CAMHS, where to get help, and other conditions associated with autism
  • Managing Anger, looking at distressed behaviour and meltdowns in children with ASC, how to cope and how to help children to understand and communicate feelings
  • Sensory Needs, looking at sensory systems and how they work, how people with ASC may process sensory information differently, how children with ASC may have different sensory experiences, and strategies to help with sensory needs.

See below for dates of forthcoming Autism Seminars for Families and all our other workshops.

Either click on the highlighted dates on the calendar and click on the Register Now button if you would like to book a place, or scroll down the page for information about what’s on in your area – when all tickets are booked we will operate a waiting list and release tickets if there are any cancellations.

Bracknell: 

  • Meeting Sensory Needs: Friday, October 11. Click here to book.
  • Managing Anger: Friday, November 8. Click here to book.

These will take place at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane, RGR12 7GR, from 10am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Reading:

  • Understanding Autism: Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
  • Meeting Sensory Needs: Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
  • Managing Anger: Friday, January 31, 2020.

These will take place at RISC, at 35-39 London Street, from 10am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch or buy lunch from the RISC cafe.

Slough:

  • Understanding Autism: Thursday, November 7. Click here to book.
  • Meeting Sensory Needs: Monday, December 2. Click here to book.
  • Managing Anger: Thursday, October 10. Click here to book.

These will take place in the Green Room at The Curve library and cultural hub, in William Street, SL1 1XY, from 10am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Thatcham:

  • Understanding Autism: Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
  • Meeting Sensory Needs: Wednesday, October 23 – click here to book; Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
  • Managing Anger: Wednesday, November 13 – click here to book; Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

These will take place at Thatcham Baptist Church, 1 Wheelers Green Way, RG19 4YF, from 10am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Windsor:

  • Understanding Autism: Thursday, January 9, 2020.
  • Meeting Sensory Needs: Friday, March 6, 2020.

These will take place at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, in Alma Road, from 10am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Wokingham:

  • Understanding Autism: Wednesday, October 16 – click here to book.
  • Meeting Sensory Needs: Wednesday, November 20 – click here to book
  • Managing Anger: Thursday, December 5 – click here to book; Thursday, March 19, 2020.

These will take place at St Paul’s Church, 32 Reading Road, RG41 1EH, from 10am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

For more information, to register an interest in attending future sessions, or if you have difficulties booking online, please call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Emotional Self-Regulation

This workshop provides advice and ideas to parents and carers to teach strategies to help children and young people on the autism spectrum to manage their emotions, including using visual supports such as The Incredible 5 Point Scale and Comic Strip Conversations.

When all tickets are booked, we will operate a waiting list and release tickets if there are any cancellations.

These workshops will run from 10am to 2.30pm at the local venues listed above and are as follows:

Bracknell: Friday, November 22. Click here to book.

Reading: Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Slough: Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Thatcham: Wednesday, December 4. Click here to book.

Windsor: Friday, November 29. Click here to book.

Wokingham: Thursday, February 27, 2020.

You can book by clicking on the links above or by using the calendar towards the top of this page. When all tickets have been reserved, we will operate a waiting list in case any bookings are cancelled.

  • The Autism Seminars for Families and Emotional Self-Regulation Workshops are funded by the East Berkshire and Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, allowing us to provide them free of charge to parents and carers.

The CCGs also fund a number of other autism advice and support services for families living in Berkshire, provided by other charities.

Click here for details of all the services in the East Berkshire CCG area – Bracknell Forest, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead – provided by Autism Berkshire, Parenting Special Children and The Autism Group.

Click here for details of services for the Berkshire West CCG area – Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire – provided by Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children.