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Workshops provide advice for parents of autistic teenagers

Parents and carers of autistic teenagers can request free places at a new series of online autism advice workshops from the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service.

The four evidence-based autism advice workshops, developed by Autism Berkshire’s family support team, provide tailored information and support for the parents and carers of autistic children and young people aged 11 to 18, who are registered with a GP surgery in the Berkshire West NHS area – the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire council areas – whether they have a diagnosis or are waiting for a Berkshire CAMHS assessment, and who are in mainstream education or home-educated and do not have learning disabilities.

The workshops, which cover a range of topics, with helpful tips and strategies parents and carers can use to support their teenage children, will all take place online using Zoom on Mondays in September and October, between 10am and 11.30am.

We recommend that parents and carers attend all four sessions, as the topics covered complement each other.

The workshops available are as follows:

  • Autism & Teenagers: Monday, September 18. This workshop looks at the challenges of being autistic in adolescence.
  • Teenagers & Social Situations: Monday, September 25. This workshop focuses on the social situations autistic teenagers face at school, at home and online.
  • Anxiety in Teenagers: Monday, October 2. This workshop considers why anxiety is so prevalent in autistic teenagers and the importance of self-esteem and resilience, and looks at strategies to support emotional regulation.
  • Autism and Mainstream Secondary Schools: Monday, October 16. The workshop looks at the legislation around support at school and the opportunities and limitations of potential support strategies.

Click here for more information about the content of the workshops.

If you have questions about any of these workshops or want to request free places, complete the online contact form, email or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) – please include a daytime telephone member in your message so that our family support workers can contact you.