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
  • 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.

After successful sessions in the east of Berkshire, we are pleased to be able to also offer them for the first time in the west of the county in 2017.

These are open to parents and carers living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire 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 diagnostic assessment. They will be led by Jo Roberts and Amanda Walker, our home visit support workers for Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire.

A daytime course at the Autism Berkshire office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, will run on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 2.30pm as follows. Tea and coffee will be available but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

These sessions are all fully booked, but you can click on the buttons to register to go on the waiting list in case any tickets are returned to us.

  • If you have booked but are unable to attend a workshop, please remember to cancel the booking so that someone else can attend.

Sensory Needs: October 17.

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Managing Anger: November 14.

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We are running a further set of Autism Seminars for Families for parents and carers living in the Windsor & Maidenhead area in the autumn.

These will take place at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, In Alma Road, on Wednesdays, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

These sessions are all fully booked, but you can click on the buttons to register to go on the waiting list in case any tickets are returned to us.

  • If you have booked but are unable to attend a workshop, please remember to cancel the booking so that someone else can attend.

Sensory Needs: November 1.

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Managing Anger: November 29.

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We are delighted to be a further set of Autism Seminars for Families for parents and carers living in the Bracknell area in early 2018.

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

Understanding Autism: Tuesday, January 23.

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Meeting Sensory Needs: Tuesday, February 27.

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Managing Anger:  Tuesday, March 6.

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Click on the buttons to register for free places at the sessions in Bracknell.

We are running Autism Seminars for Families for parents and carers living in Slough in early 2018.

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

Click on the buttons to register for free places at the sessions in Slough.

Understanding Autism: February 2.

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Managing Anger: February 16.

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Sensory Needs: March 2.

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

These workshops are funded by the Berkshire East and Berkshire West federations of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Supporting Teenagers with Autism – Relationships and Social Skills

These tailored sessions focus on communication, relationships and social skills, to support parents and carers of teenage children with autism.

These free workshops are led by specialist practitioners from the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading, who work with children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions in Berkshire.

The sessions are for parents and carers of children aged 11+ with autism who live in the west of Berkshire. They also offer the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other parents.

Evening and Saturday workshops are available for those with work commitments at other times.

This workshop includes:

  • A discussion on social development during adolescence
  • Why teenagers with autism may struggle socially
  • Discussion and ideas on how to support those social skills your teenager will need to make and maintain friendships
  • Utilising social stories and comic strip conversations to facilitate social understanding
  • How to manage teasing and bullying

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

Please note that due to NHS funding arrangements, we are only able to offer places at these workshops to residents of the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire council areas.

Sessions are as follows. Click on the buttons to register for free places at these workshops. If they are fully booked, you can put your name on the waiting list in case any tickets are returned to us.

  • If you have booked but are unable to attend a workshop, please remember to cancel the booking so that someone else can attend.

Reading: Saturday, October 14, at the Autism Berkshire office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ. Tea and coffee from 9.30am, with the workshop running from 10am to 1pm, led by Jo Billington, a doctoral researcher and parenting practitioner.

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Thatcham: Wednesday, October 11, at the West Berkshire Council Central Family Hub, Park Lane Building, Thatcham, RG18 3PG. Workshop from 7pm to 9.30pm, led by Dr Fiona Knott, a clinical psychologist and co-director of the Centre for Autism.

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These workshops are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups Federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Supporting Teenagers with Autism – Mental Health

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

These free workshops on mental health matters, for parents and carers of children aged 11+ who live in the west of Berkshire, are led by specialist practitioners from the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading.

Evening and Saturday workshops are available for those with work commitments at other times. They also offer the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other parents.

This workshop includes:

  • A discussion about why teenagers with autism can experience mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression
  • Ways to help teenagers talk about their worries
  • Build resilience and coping skills.

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

Please note that due to NHS funding arrangements, we are only able to offer places at these workshops to residents of the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire council areas.

Sessions are as follows. Click on the buttons to register for free places at these workshops. If they are fully booked, you can put your name on the waiting list in case any tickets are returned to us.

  • If you have booked but are unable to attend a workshop, please remember to cancel the booking so that someone else can attend.

Reading: Saturday, November 11, at the Autism Berkshire office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ. Tea and coffee from 9.30am, with the workshop running from 10am to 1pm, led by Dr Liz Dawes.

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Wokingham: Monday, October 2, at Wokingham Youth & Community Centre, 35 Reading Rd, Wokingham, RG41 1EG. Tea and coffee from 9.30am, with the workshop running from 10am to 1pm, led by Jo Billington.

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Thatcham: Wednesday, November 8, at the West Berkshire Council Central Family Hub, Park Lane Building, Thatcham, RG18 3PG. Workshop from 7pm to 9.30pm, led by Dr Fiona Knott.

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These workshops are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups Federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

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.

Details of forthcoming workshops will be posted on this page once arranged.

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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Problem-Solving Toolkit Workshop

We are offering this new course for parents, carers and professionals in conjunction with Cerebra, the charity for children with brain conditions, including autism.

The workshop will:

  • Consider commonly-occurring problems that parents face accessing services
  • Recognise different types of dispute
  • Identify and use the problem-solving approaches within the Toolkit

The workshops are open to all parents or carers of disabled children, young people or adults living in Berkshire, and to professionals who support parents and carers.

For information on future dates, please email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594.

 

 

 

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.

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 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:

2017: Tuesday. November 21.

2018: Tuesday, January 23; Tuesday, February 23; Tuesday, March 13.

Bracknell:

2017: Monday, November 13.

2018: Monday, January 15; Monday, March 12.

Wokingham:

2017: Wednesday. November 1; Monday, December 18.

2018: Monday, January 29; Monday, February 26; Monday, March 26.

Slough:

2017: Friday, November 3. Wednesday, December 6.

2018: Friday, January 19; Friday, January 16.

Windsor:

2017: Thursday, October 19; Wednesday, December 6.

2018: Monday, January 22; Monday, March 5.

Thatcham:

2017: Wednesday, November 6; Wednesday, December 13.

2018: Monday, February 5.

Hungerford:

2017: Wednesday, October 18.

2018: Wednesday, January 10; Wednesday, March 7.

Click here for more information about our Pre-Assessment Service and to register for places.

We are grateful for funding from the Berkshire East and Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Federations which allows us to deliver our workshops free of charge to parents and carers.

 

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