Workshops for Parents and Carers

Pre-Assessment Autism Workshops

Autism Berkshire works with the ASD Pathway team at Berkshire CAMHS to provide information and signposting advice to parents and carers whose children are aged 5+ and on the waiting list for an autism spectrum assessment.

These free workshops are led by trained staff from Autism Berkshire who are also parents of children and young people on the autism spectrum and have experience of the assessment process.

These half-day courses are held at our office in Reading and at venues in Bracknell, Calcot, Hungerford, Slough and Windsor.

Forthcoming sessions are:

Reading: TBA.

Wokingham: Monday, March 27.

Slough: Tuesday, March 28.

Windsor: TBA.

Calcot: Monday, March 20.

Click here for more information and to register for places.

An Introduction to Autism and Asperger Syndrome

For anyone who is interested in learning more about supporting people with Autism and Asperger syndrome.

The training aims to give people 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; Real-life accounts
Behaviour and Communication
Understanding behaviour difficulties; Using visual supports; Communication strategies
The Berkshire Autism Alert Card

These free half-day courses tailored for parents and carers are held at Autism Berkshire’s office in Reading. The sessions also offer the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

They are delivered by Autism Berkshire staff members who have substantial experience in the world of autism, either as parents and carers themselves, or from working in the field for many years.

For dates of forthcoming sessions, see our events calendar or go to Eventbrite.co.uk Places must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

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

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
  • 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.

We offered courses on a trial basis in Slough in June and July 2016 and further sessions were held in Bracknell in the autumn.

A new series of seminars will take place at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, in Alma Road, with Understanding Autism on Wednesday, January 25; Meeting Sensory Needs on Monday, February 27 and Managing Anger on Monday, March 27 (please note that that these sessions are all fully booked). Please contact the office if you would like to be put on the waiting list in case places become available.

The seminars will run from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

They are open to parents and carers in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and the Borough of Bracknell Forest with a child aged 5+ with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition or who is on the waiting list for a CAMHS ASD Pathway diagmostic assessment. They will be led by Gemma Coventry, our home visit support worker for Bracknell and Windsor & Maidenhead.

For more information and to register an interest in attending these sessions or future ones at other venues, please call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

The workshops are funded by the St James’s Place Foundation.

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Positive Thinking for Parents and Carers

These free sessions for parents and carers aim to help them, or those they support, to improve their self-esteem.

Ideas will be offered on ways to enjoy the moment, see the positives in life and to set realistic goals for yourself or those you support.

The workshops run for two-and-a-half hours. Dates of forthcoming sessions will be posted here and in our events calendar.

Places must be booked in advance, either online, by calling 01189 594 594 or by email at admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

These workshops are funded by Reading Borough Council’s New Directions learning and employment service.

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Supporting Teenagers with Autism

These tailored sessions focus on communication, social skills and mental health to support parents and carers of teenage children with autism spectrum conditions who were diagnosed while attending nursery or primary school.

The workshops are led by specialist psychologists and speech therapists from the NHS and the University of Reading who work with children and young people with autism spectrum conditions in Berkshire.

The sessions are for parents and carers of children aged 11+ with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism, who attend a mainstream school. Please note they are not suitable for parents of teenagers with a new or recent diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.

Everyone attending will receive a handout pack containing a range of advice and information.

Parents and carers will need to complete a registration form in advance, so that the workshops can be tailored to their needs. Please call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk for details.

The sessions, which take place at venues across Berkshire, also offer the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends in your area. Evening and Saturday workshops are available for those with work commitments at other times.

Forthcoming sessions are:

Bracknell: Saturday, March 18, from 10am to 1pm, with Jo Billington, a parenting practitioner and doctoral researcher at the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. At Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, RG12 7GR.

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Windsor: Thursday, March 30, with Dr Liz Dawes, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. Both workshops run from 10am to 1pm at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Alma Road, SL4 3HD.

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These workshops are funded by the East and West Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group federations as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Mental Health First Aid

Many children and young people with autism spectrum conditions face severe and complex mental health issues.

The aim of these two-day courses is to equip parents and carers with information and skills to support children and young people aged 8 to 18.

  • It will help participants:
  • Spot the early signs of mental health problems
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help prevent a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, alcohol and substance misuse and eating disorders.

Please note that due to funding rules, these courses are currently only available to parents and carers living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire.

Sessions will be led by qualified instructors from Mental Health First Aid England.

Although free to attendees, places on the course cost more than £200 per person to provide, so you need to able to attend both days.

A course for parents living in West Berkshire will take place on Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, at Hungerford Youth & Community Centre, in Priory Road. Please note that this course is now fully booked.

Sessions both days of the courses run from 9am to 5pm. Tea, coffee and lunch are provided.

For more information or if you have difficulty registering online, please call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

The courses are funded by the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

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