Berkshire West workshops and courses programme

The Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service’s free workshops and courses available online for parents, carers, children and young people in the fourth quarter of 2021 are as follows – see the Autism Support and ADHD Support pages for more details.

Parents and carers who would like to register an interest in attending workshops or courses, or have any questions, should complete our online referral form, email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a voicemail message.

If you are a health, education or social care professional who supports autistic and/or ADHD 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.

Autism Advice Workshops

These are suitable for parents and carers of autistic children, whether they have a diagnosis, or are waiting for a Berkshire CAMHS assessment.

Understanding More About Autism: Thursday, January 13, 10am to 11.30am.

Sensory Differences: Part 1, Thursday, January 20; Part 2 Thursday, February 3. Both 10am to 11.30am.

Supporting Behaviour: Part 1, Thursday, February 10; Part 2 Thursday, February 17. Both 10am to 11.30am.

Autism & Girls: Thursday, March 17, 10am to 11.30am.

Teen Life Autism Advice Courses

Teen Life: Due to high demand, we are operating a waiting list for parents and carers to join these courses. If you would like to attend a future course, please send an expression of interest to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk and we will contact you when a place becomes available.

ADHD Advice Workshops

Please note that these are delivered as a linked series, made up of three workshops, and are suitable for parents and carers of children with ADHD, whether they have a diagnosis, or are awaiting an assessment.

Forthcoming workshops:

  • Series 1: Online on Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm. January 13, 2022, Introduction to ADHD; January 20, Anxiety and ADHD; January 27, Managing ADHD Behaviours.
  • Series 2: Online on Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm. February 10, 2022, Introduction to ADHD; February 17, Anxiety and ADHD; February 24, Managing ADHD Behaviours.
  • Series 3: Online on Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm. March 17, 2022, Introduction to ADHD; March 24, Anxiety and ADHD; March 31, Managing ADHD Behaviours.

Autism/ADHD Advice Workshops

These are suitable for parents and carers of autistic children and for parents and carers of children with ADHD, whether they have a diagnosis, or are awaiting an assessment.

Transitions to Adulthood: Thursday, March 10, 10am to noon.

Sleep Difficulties: Friday, March 4, 10am to noon.

Food Refusal: Thursday, March 24, 10am to 11.30am.

Emotional Regulation: Thursday, March 3, 10am to 11.30am.

Social Interaction Groups for children

The following courses will take place in the spring school term of 2022:
Senior Group: Ages 11 to 16 (School Years 7 to 11)
A six-week online course on Mondays after school, 4.30pm to 6pm. Sessions on Mondays January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7 and 14.
Junior Group: Ages 8 to 11 (up to School Year 6)
A six-week face-to-face course on Mondays after school, 4.30pm to 6pm, at Tilehurst Youth & Community Centre. Sessions on Mondays February 26, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4.

SocialEyes courses for young people

A social skills and understanding course for young people aged from 16 up to 25. Please email us at contact@autismberkshire.org.uk if you or a family member would like to express an interest in taking part.

  • Please note that all these services are only available to parents/carers and children and young people who are registered with a GP surgery in the Berkshire West CCG area (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) – click here for a list of surgeries – who have an autism and/or ADHD diagnosis or are on the NHS waiting list for a Berkshire CAMHS autism assessment for autism and/or ADHD.

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  • Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children also provide other services for parents, carers, children young people and autistic adults that are not funded by the NHS. Details are available on their websites.