We are offering more chances for parents and carers of teenagers with autism to get expert advice from specialists from the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading.
Seven more workshops taking place at venues around Berkshire between January and March 2017, led by clinical psychologists, a speech and language therapist and a parenting practitioner, will provide tailored information and handout packs.
The sessions will focus on communication, social skills and mental health to help parents and carers support children aged 11+ with autism spectrum conditions who were diagnosed while attending nursery or primary school and now attend mainstream secondary schools.
The workshops are as follows and include Saturday and evening sessions to help those with work commitments at other times:
Windsor: Saturday, January 21, with Jo Billington, a parenting practitioner and doctoral researcher. Thursday, March 30, with Dr Liz Dawes, a clinical psychologist. Both workshops run from 10am to 1pm at Windsor Youth & Community Centre.
Slough: Wednesday, January 25, from 10am to 1pm, with Iona Wood, a speech and language therapist. Wednesday, March 8, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with Dr Fiona Knott, a clinical psychologist and co-director of the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. Both workshops take place at the Copthorne Hotel Slough.
Hungerford: Thursday, February 2, from 10am to 1pm, with Dr Fiona Knott, at Hungerford Youth & Community Centre, Priory Road, RG17 0AN.
Wokingham: Thursday, February 16, from 10am to 1pm, with Dr Liz Dawes, at Wokingham Town Hall
Bracknell: Saturday, March 18, from 10am to 1pm. With Jo Billington, at Bracknell Open Learning Centre
Due to funding rules, please note that parents and carers attending the workshops must be residents of the council areas where the sessions take place.
These workshops are not suitable for parents of teenagers with a new or recent diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.
The workshops are funded by the East and West Berkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group federations as part of the Berkshire CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.