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.
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 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.
There will be two sets of courses, one taking place in evenings in spring and summer, for parents with work commitments during the day, and a daytime course in the autumn, all at the Autism Berkshire office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading.
The evening courses will run on Wednesdays between 7pm and 9pm, as follows (participants need to be able to attend both sessions). Tea and coffee will be available.
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Understanding Autism: Part 1, May 10; Part 2, May 17
Sensory Needs: Part 1, June 7; Part 2, June 14.
Managing Anger: Part 1, July 5: Part 2, July 12.
The daytime courses 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.
Understanding Autism: September 19.
Sensory Needs: October 17.
Managing Anger: November 14.
We are also running a further set of Autism Seminars for Families for parents and carers living in the Bracknell Forest area.
These will take place at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane, on Wednesdays in June and July, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.
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Understanding Autism: June 7.
Managing Anger: June 21.
Sensory Needs: July 12.
We will be holding further NAS Autism Seminars for Families, for parents and carers living in Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, later in 2017-18.
For more information and to register an interest in attending future sessions, please call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These workshops are funded by the Berkshire East and Berkshire West federations of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.
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.
Forthcoming workshops will take place on the following Tuesdays:
May 9; June 6; and July 4, between 10am and noon, at the Autism Berkshire office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading.
Places must be booked in advance, either online, by calling 01189 594 594 or by email at email@example.com
These workshops are funded by Reading Borough Council’s New Directions learning and employment service.
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:
2017: Monday, May 15; Tuesday, July 18; Tuesday, September 19; Monday, November 13.
2018: Monday, January 15; Monday, March 12.
Reading: To Be Advised.
Click here for more information about pre-assessment workshops 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 more information, or if you have difficulty booking online, call 01189 594 594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
These free workshops are led by specialist psychologists and speech therapists from the NHS and the Centre for Autism at 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 email@example.com 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.
The next workshop is in Windsor, on Wednesday, May 10. It will be led by Jo Billington, a parenting practitioner and doctoral researcher at the Centre for Autism.
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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.
The courses are funded by the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.