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.

Forthcoming Autism Seminars for Families are as follows – when all tickets are booked we will operate a waiting list and release tickets if there are cancellations.

Bracknell: 

  • Monday, July 16: Meeting Sensory Needs – Click here to book
  • Monday, July 23: Managing Anger – Click here to book

These will take place at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Reading:

  • Wednesday, June 27: Managing Anger – Click here to book

These will take place at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre), 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Slough:

  • Friday, June 22: Meeting Sensory Needs – Click here to book
  • Friday, September 7: Managing Anger – bookings will open soon

These will take place at the YES Shop, Unit 61 in the Queensmere Shopping Centre, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Forthcoming seminars in Thatcham and Wokingham are being arranged.

The seminars in Thatcham will take place in October, November and December.

Check back for updates.

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

Positive Thinking for Parents and Carers

These free sessions for parents and carers, including grandparents and other relatives, 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.

They are open to parents and carers living in Berkshire.

Free places must be booked in advance. We will operate a waiting list if all places are reserved.

Our next Positive Thinking Workshop will take place from 10.30am to 1pm on Thursday, July 12, at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre) in London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS.

It will feature a special session on relaxation techniques with qualified yoga and relaxation teacher Katia Cornwall.

Click here to register for free places at this workshop.

Call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk for more information or if you have difficulty booking online.

The venue is close to the Queens Road and Oracle Centre car parks, town centre bus stops and Reading railway station.

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

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Emotional Self-Regulation

This new 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.

These workshops, which will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, will take place as follows:

Maidenhead: Tuesday, September 11, at Braywick Heath Nurseries, 41 Braywick Road.

Bracknell: Tuesday, September 18, at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane,

Slough: Friday, September 28, at the YES Shop, Unit 61 Queensmere Shopping Centre.

Details of how to book for these workshops will follow. If you would like to register an interest in attending, please email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk or call Claire Finnerty on 01189 594 594.

  • 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.

Details for the Berkshire West CCG area – Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire, to follow.

 

 

Internet Safety Workshops for Parents and Carers

These free Internet Safety Workshops for Parents and Carers will help them to support children and young people with autism to safely navigate the online world.

Children, young people and adults with autism can be more vulnerable online. The workshops are designed to help parents and carers improve their own knowledge and confidence, so they are better able to help those they support.

Among the topics the course will cover are:

  • Social media websites and apps
  • Using parental controls
  • Ideas for guidelines on use of the internet and mobile phones.
  • The positive side of the online world, including tools and software to enhance users’ experiences.

Dates of forthcoming workshops will be posted here once they are arranged.

The workshops are  open to any parents or carers of children, young people or adults with autism who live in Berkshire, as well as other relatives, including grandparents.

We are able to offer these workshops free of charge thanks to funding from the Thames Valley Police Property Act Fund, with the aim of reducing cybercrime affecting vulnerable people.

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