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SocialEyes course for autistic adults in Reading starts in October

Autistic adults living in Reading can benefit from a free SocialEyes course this autumn designed to help them improve their social skills and understanding.

Led by experienced trainers  from Autism Berkshire, the six-week  course is free of charge and  open to autistic adults aged 18  and above who are residents of  the Reading Borough Council area.

The SocialEyes course was developed by the National Autistic Society  in conjunction with autistic adults  and leading professionals.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “SocialEyes does not ask autistic people to change their social behaviour or to copy ‘typical’ behaviour.

“The aim is to give participants the option to learn social interaction skills or alternative social strategies that work for them.”

The course, at the New Directions Centre at  330 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, starts on Tuesday, October 9.

Classes are from 7pm to 9pm and the course runs for six weeks until Tuesday, November 20. Please note that there will not be a session on Tuesday, October 23, due to the half-term break.

Click here for more details of the course and to register for free places.

Further information is available by calling the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or emailing