Online workshop: Autism & Mainstream Secondary Schools

Many autistic teenagers find the mainstream school environment challenging. The workshop looks at the legislation around support at school and the opportunities and limitations of potential support strategies. Parents and carers will be encouraged to share ideas that have helped their child and may help others in similar circumstances.

It is provided by the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service for the parents and carers of autistic children and young people aged 11 to 18 who live in the Berkshire West NHS area (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) 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.

For more information and to request free places, email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or complete the online contact form.

Art in the Summer: workshops for autistic adults

A series of free Art in the Summer workshops for autistic adults who live in Berkshire, funded by donations in memory of the late Nancy England, a former assistant tutor on our community education courses for adults.

The workshops, which take place at Beech Lodge School near Maidenhead on Monday evenings from May until July, will be led by expert tutor Susi Hoyle, of Art Splash, which specialises in helping people of all abilities to draw and create art. Beginners are welcome.

For more information about the workshops and details of how to book free places, please email Helen Harris at helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Workshop for parents/carers of autistic adults: Anxiety & Autism and Understanding Other People

This free interactive online workshop from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service, tailored for parents and family carers, looks at:

  • Anxiety, which is thought to affect about 40% of autistic people, some of the things that can trigger it, the problems that it can cause and ways to recognise signs of anxiety and manage emotions
  • The different ways in which individuals relate to other people, and the visual, verbal and hidden clues (theory of mind) as to how someone may be feeling. It also discusses interactions in a range of situations, including at home, at work, when socialising and in intimate relationships.

It includes tips and strategies that autistic people can use in daily life and social situations.

This workshop is open to parents and family carers of autistic adults who are registered as patients with a GP surgery in Berkshire.

Click here for more details and information about how to request free places.

Online Workshop: Emotional Regulation in Autistic Children

This free autism advice workshop provides advice and ideas to parents and carers to teach strategies to help children and young people who are autistic to manage their emotions, including using visual supports such as The Incredible 5 Point Scale and Comic Strip Conversations.

NB: This workshop is provided by the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service for parents/carers registered with a GP surgery in the Berkshire West NHS area (Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire).

If you would like to register an interest in attending this workshop or have any questions, please complete our online contact form, email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a voicemail message.

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Online workshop: Mental Health and Social Struggles of Autistic Teenagers

This workshop will be led by Sarah O’Brien, the author of So I’m Autistic: An Introduction to Autism for Young Adults and Late Teens and an engagement and co-production specialist. She was diagnosed autistic at the age of 18. In this workshop she considers the challenges of adolescence and the impact that this has on young people’s mental health.

It is provided by the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service for the parents and carers of autistic children and young people aged 11 to 18 who live in the Berkshire West NHS area (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) 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.

For more information and to request free places, email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or complete the online contact form.

Problem-solving & advice for autistic adults and their parents/carers – Newbury

This free session from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service offers an opportunity for autistic adults in West Berkshire, and their parents and carers, to meet a member of our team to talk through problems and ask questions about autism and support services.

It will take place at Broadway House, in The Broadway, Newbury and is a joint event with employment support charity Graft Thames Valley, mental health and activity charity Sport in Mind and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s West Berkshire community mental health team.

You can just drop in, but if you are are able to, please let us know in advance that you want to meet our adult support mentor, so we know who to expect – email adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 and leave a voicemail message with your contact details.

197 Club – First Summer Walk

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers.

The first 197 Club Summer Walk of 2024 – meet at the main (town centre) entrance to Reading railway station at 11am to catch a train to Theale, then walk to the Cunning Man pub at Burghfield Bridge for lunch. Return to Reading by bus.

For more details of this walk and how to join the 197 Club, email 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Meet The Teams morning

We are holding another free drop-in Meet the Teams morning at Greyfriars Church, in the centre of Reading.

You are welcome to come along and enjoy a free tea or coffee and a chat with our staff and meet other parents, family carers and autistic adults at this informal event, in the Thames Suite at the church, which is in Friar Street.

It will be attended by the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service’s family support workers and the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service’s mentors.

Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service

The Meet the Teams session is a drop-in event, so you can just turn up on the day.

However, we would appreciate it if you are able to let us know in advance that you plan to attend, by registering online using the links below.

Click here if your family is supported by the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service – which serves Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire – or want to find out more about the help it provides.

Click here if you are supported by the countywide Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service, or want to find out more about the help it provides.

Art in the Summer: workshops for autistic adults

A series of free Art in the Summer workshops for autistic adults who live in Berkshire, funded by donations in memory of the late Nancy England, a former assistant tutor on our community education courses for adults.

The workshops, which take place at Beech Lodge School near Maidenhead on Monday evenings from May until July, will be led by expert tutor Susi Hoyle, of Art Splash, which specialises in helping people of all abilities to draw and create art. Beginners are welcome.

For more information about the workshops and details of how to book free places, please email Helen Harris at helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Walk for autistic adults with Dogs for Good – Bracknell

A free walk for autistic adults (aged 18+)  in Bracknell’s South Hill Park with one of Dogs for Good’s community dogs – just 10 places are available, which must be booked in advance.

The charity provides animal assisted intervention (AAI) support to children and adults in the town with a range of additional needs, including autism, through a partnership with Bracknell Forest Council.

The walk is on Thursday, June 27, setting off from the rear of the arts centre building at 10am. It offers the opportunity to meet one of the charity’s friendly community dogs and their handler, along with Autism Berkshire’s senior adult autism support mentor Michelle Errington.

If you would like to book a place or have any questions about the walk, email adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a voicemail message.

Transition to Primary School advice session – online

This free online informal get-together with our family support workers Amanda Walker and Debbie Crouch will offer advice about making the move into full-time education and look at ideas that parents can use to ease the process and support their children through the transition to primary school. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

The session is provided by the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service for parents/carers of autistic children aged 3 to 5, whether they already have an autism diagnosis or are on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for assessment, and who are registered with a GP surgery in the Berkshire West NHS area (the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire council areas).

If you would like to attend this workshop or have any questions, please complete our online contact form, email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a voicemail message.

 

Problem-solving & advice meet-up for autistic adults and their parents/carers – Reading

This free session from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service offers an opportunity for autistic adults, and their parents and carers, to meet members of our team in an informal setting, to talk through problems and ask questions about autism and support services.

It will take place in the Atrium coffee shop at Greyfriars Church, in Friar Street, Reading.

Please register in advance, if possible, so we know who to expect – click here to book.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 and leave a voicemail message with your contact details.

Art in the Summer: workshops for autistic adults

A series of free Art in the Summer workshops for autistic adults who live in Berkshire, funded by donations in memory of the late Nancy England, a former assistant tutor on our community education courses for adults.

The workshops, which take place at Beech Lodge School near Maidenhead on Monday evenings from May until July, will be led by expert tutor Susi Hoyle, of Art Splash, which specialises in helping people of all abilities to draw and create art. Beginners are welcome.

For more information about the workshops and details of how to book free places, please email Helen Harris at helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

197 Club – meet, eat and chat at the Outlook

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers, meets fortnightly. Every other meeting takes place at The Outlook pub.

Venues for other meetings vary and can include bowling arcades, restaurants or walks. Click here for details.

For more information about the group, contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email the group co-ordinator, Kevin Jackson, at 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Art in the Summer: workshops for autistic adults

A series of free Art in the Summer workshops for autistic adults who live in Berkshire, funded by donations in memory of the late Nancy England, a former assistant tutor on our community education courses for adults.

The workshops, which take place at Beech Lodge School near Maidenhead on Monday evenings from May until July, will be led by expert tutor Susi Hoyle, of Art Splash, which specialises in helping people of all abilities to draw and create art. Beginners are welcome.

For more information about the workshops and details of how to book free places, please email Helen Harris at helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Online workshop for autistic adults: Sensory Differences

This free interactive workshop from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service looks at the sensory processing differences that are thought to affect at least 80% of autistic people and strengths and challenges that they may experience as a result. It includes tips and strategies that autistic people can use in daily life and social situations.

It is open to autistic adults, with or without a formal diagnosis, who are registered as patients with a GP surgery in Berkshire.

Click here for more details and information about how to request free places.

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Problem-solving & advice meet-up for autistic adults and their parents/carers – Reading

This free session from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service offers an opportunity for autistic adults, and their parents and carers, to meet members of our team in an informal setting, to talk through problems and ask questions about autism and support services.

It will take place in the Atrium coffee shop at Greyfriars Church, in Friar Street, Reading.

Please register in advance, if possible, so we know who to expect – click here to book.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 and leave a voicemail message with your contact details.

Art in the Summer: workshops for autistic adults

A series of free Art in the Summer workshops for autistic adults who live in Berkshire, funded by donations in memory of the late Nancy England, a former assistant tutor on our community education courses for adults.

The workshops, which take place at Beech Lodge School near Maidenhead on Monday evenings from May until July, will be led by expert tutor Susi Hoyle, of Art Splash, which specialises in helping people of all abilities to draw and create art. Beginners are welcome.

For more information about the workshops and details of how to book free places, please email Helen Harris at helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

197 Club – Bowling in Wokingham

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers.

Meet in the reception area at Wokingham Super Bowl at 6.30pm.

For more details of the 197 Club and how to join, call us on 01189 594 594 or email 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Online workshop for autistic adults: Planning & Organising

This free interactive workshop from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service covers executive functioning – thinking through what we need to do, carrying out the task and remaining in control of our emotions, even if things change. It looks at ways to achieve better executive functioning, including using mind maps, decision trees and critical thinking, along with problem-solving, plus tips on ways to create calm and manage emotions.

It is open to autistic adults, with or without a formal diagnosis, who are registered as patients with a GP surgery in Berkshire.

Click here for more details and information about how to request free places.

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Problem-solving & advice for autistic adults and their parents/carers – Newbury

This free session from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service offers an opportunity for autistic adults in West Berkshire, and their parents and carers, to meet a member of our team to talk through problems and ask questions about autism and support services.

It will take place at Broadway House, in The Broadway, Newbury and is a joint event with employment support charity Graft Thames Valley, mental health and activity charity Sport in Mind and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s West Berkshire community mental health team.

You can just drop in, but if you are are able to, please let us know in advance that you want to meet our adult support mentor, so we know who to expect – email adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 and leave a voicemail message with your contact details.

197 Club – meet, eat and chat at the Outlook

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers, meets fortnightly. Every other meeting takes place at The Outlook pub.

Venues for other meetings vary and can include bowling arcades, restaurants or walks. Click here for details.

For more information about the group, contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email the group co-ordinator, Kevin Jackson, at 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

197 Club – Second Summer Walk

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers.

The second 197 Club Summer Walk of 2024 – meet at Starbucks on the riverside level of The Oracle shopping centre in Reading to set off at 11am to walk to the Cunning Man pub at Burghfield Bridge for lunch. Return to Reading by bus.

For more details of this walk and how to join the 197 Club, email 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

197 Club – meet, eat and chat at the Outlook

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers, meets fortnightly. Every other meeting takes place at The Outlook pub.

Venues for other meetings vary and can include bowling arcades, restaurants or walks. Click here for details.

For more information about the group, contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email the group co-ordinator, Kevin Jackson, at 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Online workshop for autistic adults: Anxiety & Autism

This free interactive workshop from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service provides an introduction to anxiety, which is thought to affect about 40% of autistic people, some of the things that can trigger anxiety and the problems that it can cause, including meltdowns, shutdowns and burnout. It explores ways to recognise signs of anxiety, cope with it and manage emotions, plus therapies that can help some autistic people who are affected by anxiety.

It is open to autistic adults, with or without a formal diagnosis, who are registered as patients with a GP surgery in Berkshire.

Click here for more details and information about how to request free places.

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

197 Club – Bowling in Wokingham

Social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers.

Meet in the reception area at Wokingham Super Bowl at 6.30pm.

For more details of the 197 Club and how to join, call us on 01189 594 594 or email 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Online workshop for autistic adults: Understanding Other People

This free interactive workshop from the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service explores relationships, the different ways in which individuals relate to other people, and the visual, verbal and hidden clues (theory of mind) as to how someone may be feeling. It also looks interactions in a range of situations, including at home, at work, when socialising and in intimate relationships, with tips on things to think about in each case.

It is open to autistic adults, with or without a formal diagnosis, who are registered as patients with a GP surgery in Berkshire.

Click here for more details and information about how to request free places.

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bear With Me adult social group – Maidenhead

Weekly social group for over-18s who have an autism diagnosis, and their carers, meeting at The Bear pub in Maidenhead town centre.

Click here for more details and information about how to join the group. If you have any questions, please call 01189 594 594 or email us at adult.support@autismberkshire.org.uk