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 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.
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.
Click on the buttons to register for free places at the seminars in Reading.
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 running a further set of Autism Seminars for Families for parents and carers living in the Bracknell Forest area in the summer.
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.
All the workshops are now full booked but you can put you name on the waiting list in case any tickets are returned. Click on the buttons to register.
Managing Anger: June 21.
Sensory Needs: July 12.
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.
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Understanding Autism: September 13.
Sensory Needs: November 1.
Managing Anger: November 29.
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.
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Understanding Autism: February 2.
Managing Anger: February 16.
Sensory Needs: March 2.
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:
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.
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 first workshop will take place on Monday, June 26, from 10am to 2pm at the New Directions South Reading Centre, 330 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading, RG2 8DH.
The workshop is open to all parents or carers of disabled children, young people or adults living in Berkshire, and to professionals who support parents and carers.
The workshop is free of charge, but we ask for a £5 contribution for lunch and refreshments.
Click here for more details about the workshop and to book places online.
If you would like further information about the course, or have difficulties booking online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The first two workshops will take place at the Autism Berkshire office at 7 Richfield Place, 12 Richfield Avenue, Reading, on Thursday, June 22, and Thursday, July 13.
Both will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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:
2017: Tuesday, June 20; Tuesday, July 11; Thursday, September 21; Tuesday, October 10; Tuesday. November 21.
2018: Tuesday, January 23; Tuesday, February 23; Tuesday, March 13.
2017: Tuesday, July 18; Tuesday, September 19; Monday, November 13.
2018: Monday, January 15; Monday, March 12.
2017: Monday, June 26; Monday, July 17; Monday, September 25; Wednesday. November 1; Monday, December 18.
2018: Monday, January 29; Monday, February 26; Monday, March 26.
2017: Friday, June 16; Friday, July 7; Friday, September 22; Friday, November 3. Wednesday, December 6.
2018: Friday, January 19; Friday, January 16.
2017: Monday, July 10; Monday, September 18; Thursday, October 19; Wednesday, December 6.
2018: Monday, January 22; Monday, March 5.
2017: Monday, June 19; Wednesday, September 13; Wednesday, November 6; Wednesday, December 13.
2018: Monday, February 5.
2017: Wednesday, July 19; 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The sessions, which take place at venues across Berkshire, also offer the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends in the west of your area. Evening and Saturday workshops are available for those with work commitments at other times.
Dates for future workshops are being arranged.
These workshops are funded by the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.
Many children and young people with autism spectrum conditions face severe and complex mental health issues.
We ran pilot courses in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire in 2017 conjunction with Mental Health First Aid England.
While they were popular, parents told us that it was hard to commit to the two-day courses.
We are developing a one-day workshop on mental health matters instead, to be provided by the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. Details of sessions will be posted here once arrangements are finalised.
The courses are funded by the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.