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New workshops in East Berkshire give parents tips to help autistic children manage emotions

Autism Berkshire is offering new free advice workshop to parents and carers living in the east of Berkshire, focusing on ways to help autistic children and young people learn techniques to manage their emotions.

The Emotional Self-Regulation workshops will look at issues around emotions and approaches that can help, including using visual supports such as The Incredible 5 Point Scale and comic strip conversations. These help children to understand social interactions and control their emotional responses to different situations and to manage anxiety when they become stressed.

The three workshops are as follows:

  • Maidenhead: Monday, September 10, at Braywick Heath Nurseries, in Braywick Road, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
  • Bracknell: Tuesday, September 18, at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
  • Slough: Friday, September 28, at the YES Shop in the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Please note that these free workshops are only open to residents of Bracknell Forest, Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

Due to a high level of interest expressed in advance by parents who have attended our other workshops, limited places remain at Bracknell and Maidenhead. Once they are fully booked, we will operate a waiting list. If any bookings are cancelled, we will offer places to those on the list.

Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “Autistic children sometimes find understanding their own emotions difficult and can experience them differently from other people. If they become anxious, they can express those emotions in unexpected ways, such as challenging behaviour.

“These workshops will provide simple, practical advice and ideas that parents and carers can draw on to help autistic children and young people manage their emotions in a range of situations.”

Click here for more information about these workshops and Autism Berkshire’s other services for parents and carers of children with autism 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 East Berkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.