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Professionals can get an insight into autism at courses in Maidenhead and Reading

Professionals working in a range of roles can learn about supporting autistic people on a training course being run by Autism Berkshire in Maidenhead in the run-up to Autism Awareness Week 2018 at the end of March.

The Introduction to Autism course provides an understanding of what autism is and what it feels like to have autism, as well as offering strategies and ideas for supporting people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers.

The workshop at Braywick Heath Nurseries, in Braywick Road, Maidenhead, is open to professionals working in Berkshire and nearby areas.

The workshop, from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, March 20, covers:

  • What is Autism?
    Key areas of difficulties, sensory sensitivities and real-life accounts
  • Behaviour and Communication
    Understanding behavioural difficulties; Using visual supports and communication strategies
  • The Berkshire Autism Alert Card

The course costs £30 per person. All those attending will receive a training pack and certificate.

Click here to book places on the course, which will be led by Autism Berkshire support worker Kevin Jackson, who co-ordinates our 197 Club and the Level Up Club for autistic adults and teenagers and is our benefits adviser.

Participants in previous Introduction to Autism courses we have run have included education and health professionals, playworkers and housing, human resources and training staff.

The following day, Wednesday, March 21, we are also offering another course for professionals, looking at Safeguarding for Autistic Girls.

Led by Berkshire autism advocate Carly Jones, this workshop at RISC, in London Street, Reading, will draw on material from Carly’s autistic girls-specific online safeguarding course called Boundaries, Bodies, Abuse and Reporting it for Autistic Girls.

Click here for more information and to book places at this workshop, which will run from 10am to noon. Places cost £30 per person.

Autism Berkshire also offers tailored training for groups of people whose jobs may bring them into contact with people with autism spectrum conditions, including Asperger syndrome.

Half-day or full-day courses can be provided, along with shorter information sessions.

Click here for more information, email or call Claire Finnerty at our office on 01189 594 594 to discuss specific training requirements.

  • Please note that both these workshops are for professionals only – we run a range of other workshops for parents and carers of children with autism. Click here for details of these.