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Online advice to form regular part of support services

As a result of our experiences of providing workshops, virtual Home Visits and other support online during the coronavirus pandemic, we are planning to offer them in future alongside face-to-face services.

A number of the people taking part have told us that, due to normal family or work commitments, they found it difficult to access help previously but the online services we have run during the lockdown have allowed them to join in workshops or get tailored advice from our family support team.

In addition to running workshops, support groups and online Teen Life courses, our advisers are offering appointments for virtual Home Visits by video call on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

These allow us to discuss a family’s situation in depth, in a way that is not always possible in a workshop or support group.

If you would like to book an appointment, please complete the short registration form for our online family support services.

Click here for the registration form.

Advice and signposting are also available from our autism Helpline service, which is available by emailing or calling 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leaving a voicemail message.

Please include a telephone number, so that one of our advisers can call you back to discuss your enquiry and what information and support you would find useful.

We are also offering online bite-sized autism advice workshops about Meeting Sensory Needs and Managing Anger, over two sessions in consecutive weeks, and support groups for parents and carers on Fridays.

A series of free online benefits advice workshops for parents, carers and autistic adults is running on Mondays from mid-June until the end of July.

Click here for details of all our current services and how to get involved.

Recent feedback from parents and carers who we have helped online during the coronavirus lockdown includes:

Virtual Home Visits

“Thank you so much and it was great too to speak you and have very useful information regarding this. And many thanks for the summaries and all the links, I will definitely go through them.”

 “I really appreciated you taking the time to speak to me and listen to my worries.” 

Online workshops

“Thank you so much for the session today. I found it really interesting and could relate to so much of what you were saying. ”

“We have been on the CAMHS waiting list for a year and a half and have felt a bit alone with how to help (our son), so it was lovely to hear everybody’s experiences.”

Helpline service

“(Our school Senco) really recommended  Autism Berkshire and particularly  you as a great support able to point us in the right direction in implementing the best environment for (our son) at home and helping us to learn and understand autism better. ”

Online Teen Life courses

“The course content is really useful and relevant.  Talking through situations with other parents with children of the same age really does help, as we know, as our children grow older, the challenges that we face change, so it’s great to be able to relate with others and benefit from everyone’s experiences.”

Today’s session really helped me view his anxiety in a different way (through the eyes of autism) and I found it really beneficial.”