Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children offer a range of free support and advice to parents and carers and children and young people who live in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire, through the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service, funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.
The services are suitable for parents and carers whose children already have an autism or ADHD diagnosis or are on the waiting list for a Berkshire CAMHS assessment or for children and young people pre- and post-assessment.
- Please note that NHS funding rules mean we cannot offer places at these workshops and courses to families living in the Bracknell Forest, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead areas unless they are registered with a GP surgery that is part of the Berkshire West NHS CCG. For information about Autism and ADHD support in these three council areas, call the Autism Berkshire Helpline on 01189 594 594 (option 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see your local council’s Local Offer website.
The workshops and courses that are being delivered for the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service by Parenting Special Children – which are provided online during the coronavirus pandemic – are as follows (Please note that the first three ADHD workshops are delivered as a linked series, not as individual sessions):
An Introduction to ADHD
This workshop for parents and carers discusses: What is ADHD?, the challenges and concerns and the strengths and opportunities associated with ADHD, and signposting to management strategies.
Anxiety & ADHD
This workshop for parents and carers looks at: What is Anxiety?, why it makes sense to be anxious if you have ADHD, strategies to help support you and your child, plus signposting to other support that is available.
Behaviour & ADHD
This workshop for parents and carers looks at attention challenges, hyperactive behaviours and impulsive behaviours and shares behaviour management strategies to help you and your child.
Forthcoming series of ADHD workshops:
- Mondays January 11, 18 and 25, 7pm to 8.30pm. Bookings are now closed.
- Tuesdays February 9, 16 and 23, 7pm to 8.30pm. Click here to register for places
Sleep Difficulties – for Autism and ADHD
This workshop for parents and carers covers children’s sleep cycles and sleep needs, the reasons behind night settling and night waking, strategies to help parents and carers feel less stressed when sleep training a child, and parenting strategies for settling your child to sleep and staying asleep.
Forthcoming Sleep Difficulties workshops:
- Friday, February 5, 10am to noon. Please note that this course is now fully booked. Click here to put your name on the waiting list in case any places become available and to be notified about future workshops when bookings open.
Transitions to Adulthood – for Autism and ADHD
Full details to follow.
Social interaction skills groups for children and young people
A six-week course, in small groups, for children and young people aged 8 to 16 who are in mainstream education, and already have an autism or ADHD diagnosis or are on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for an assessment.
The course aims to develop the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children and young people through meeting their peers and exploring the social world in a friendly and supportive setting. It looks at topics including knowing ourselves, developing and maintaining friendships, self-esteem, independence and self-advocacy.
- The first course, for children aged 11 to 16, will run between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Mondays, from February 8, 2021, to March 29. Click here for details of how to register your child for the course.
Workshops about Emotional Regulation and Food Refusal, developed by Autism Berkshire, are open to parents and carers living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire whose children have a diagnosis of autism or ADHD or are on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for an assessment. Click here for details.
- For more information about any of these workshops and courses and to request free places, complete the online contact form, call 01189 594 594 (option 1) or email email@example.com
These workshops and courses are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and are available free of charge, along with other help available from the Berkshire West Autism & ADHD Support Service.