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Family Seminars support parents and carers of autistic children in Reading and West Berkshire

Autism Berkshire is providing more Autism Seminars for Families in Reading and West Berkshire to support parents and carers of children with a diagnosis of autism, or who are waiting for a Berkshire CAMHS autism assessment.

We are again offering three Autism Seminars for Families courses, developed by the National Autistic Society:

  • Understanding Autism, suitable for parents and carers of children or primary and secondary school age, looking at what autism is, the assessment process at Berkshire CAMHS, where to get help, and other conditions associated with autism
  • Managing Anger, looking at distressed behaviour and meltdowns in autistic children, how to cope and how to help children to understand and communicate feeling
  • Sensory Needs, looking at sensory systems and how they work, how autistic people may process sensory information differently, how autistic children may have different sensory experiences, and strategies to help with sensory needs.

Workshops in Reading, at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre), 35-39 London Street, from 9.30am to 2.30pm, are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 26: Understanding Autism
  • Wednesday, October 17: Meeting Sensory Needs
  • Wednesday, November 21: Managing Anger

Workshops in Thatcham, at West Berkshire Council’s Central Family Hub, in Park Lane, from 9.30am to 2.30pm, are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 3: Understanding Autism
  • Wednesday, November 7: Meeting Sensory Needs
  • Wednesday, December 5: Managing Anger

Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “Autism Seminars for Families have been in high demand for the past two years, so I would advise parents and carers to register straight away, so they don’t miss out on the valuable advice that these workshops provide.”

Click here for more information about these workshops and to register for free places.

If you have any questions or difficulty registering online, please call 01189 594 594 or email

  • These workshops are supported by a grant from the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group