Welcome to the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service.
The service provides advice, workshops and courses for children and young people aged up to 25 who are autistic or have ADHD – or are waiting for assessment – and their families.
The service is a partnership between Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children, delivering services on behalf of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West NHS Integrated Care Board, which serves the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire council areas. Please note that you must be registered with a GP surgery in the Berkshire West NHS area to be supported by this service – click here for a list.
You can contact the service or request places at workshops and on courses at any time using our online referral form*, by email at email@example.com or calling 01189 594 594 (option 1) – please include a daytime phone number in your message, so our team can get in touch.
*If you are a health, education or social care professional who supports autistic children and young people and their families and you want to make a referral to the service, please click here for our referral form for professionals.
For parents and carers, support available includes:
- Home Visits – an in-depth one-to-one discussion online or face-to-face (coronavirus guidance permitting) with with parents and carers of children with an autism diagnosis or who are on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for an autism assessment.
- Autism advice workshops: Understanding More About Autism; Sensory Differences; and Supporting Behaviour; plus a series of four workshops for parents/carers of autistic teenagers.
- Teen Life, a National Autistic Society course for parents and carers of autistic children aged 10 to 16.
- ADHD advice workshops: An Introduction to ADHD; Anxiety and ADHD; Managing ADHD Behaviours.
Additional workshops/webinars for parents and carers cover:
- Autism & Girls
- Emotional Regulation
- Food Refusal
- Sleep Difficulties
- Transitions to Adulthood
Support for autistic and ADHD children and young people includes:
- Tailored interventions, based on individual need, for children aged 5 to 7
- Social interaction skills groups for children and young people aged 8 to 16, to develop their confidence and emotional wellbeing.
Click here to download a leaflet about the service and the support available.