Autism Berkshire’s Pre-Assessment Workshop service for parents and carers whose children are waiting for an autism spectrum assessment is expanding, with sessions in Hungerford starting soon.
The provision of the free workshops at the Croft Hall in the West Berkshire town builds on sessions launched earlier this year at Calcot, for parents living in the east of the district.
Pre-assessment workshops are also on offer at venues in Reading, Bracknell, Windsor and Slough.
They provide tailored advice for parents and carers who have children aged 5+ on the CAMHS waiting list for an ASD Pathway assessment,
Topics covered include:
- Autism and sensory issues
- Strategies to help communication and address sensory and behavioural issues
- Information on what happens in the NHS assessment process
- What happens if you do not receive a diagnosis of autism
The sessions also give parents and carers an opportunity to ask questions and to meet others from their area in a similar situation.
The first workshop at the hall, in The Croft, Hungerford, will take place on Tuesday, October 18, from 10.30am to 1pm.
Further workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 23, and Monday, December 12, this year and Wednesday, January 11; Wednesday, February 8; and Tuesday, March 7, next year.
Click here to book free places at pre-assessment workshops in Hungerford.
The improvements to the service have been made possible by an agreement between Autism Berkshire and the NHS in Berkshire, which allows us to provide more support for families while they wait for an assessment.
The workshops in Hungerford are funded by the Newbury and District Clinical Commissioning Group.