Pre-Assessment Service

Berkshire CAMHS has produced this short video outlining the assessment process, to help parents and children

Autism Pre-Assessment support

Autism Berkshire works with the Autism Pathway team at Berkshire CAMHS to provide information and signposting advice to parents and carers with children aged 5+ who are on the waiting list for an autism spectrum assessment.

Our Autism Seminars for Families about Understanding Autism include information about the CAMHS autism assessment process and are led by trained staff from Autism Berkshire who are also parents of children and young people on the autism spectrum and have first-hand experience of the process. These are available at venues across Berkshire. Click here for details of our workshops for parents and carers.

Parents and carers can also get advice to support their child during the period waiting for an assessment appointment at our drop-in advice sessions held every week during school terms in Reading and Slough, the monthly coffee mornings at the Swings & Smiles SEN playcentre in Thatcham, and at our support groups in Reading, Bracknell, Slough and Windsor. Click here for details of these sessions.

Our Home Visit service offers support, information and advice in an informal setting to parents and carers. We can visit you:

  • While you are waiting for an assessment for your child
  • After a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition
  • To support you during a crisis or period of difficulty

Our Helpline team can also answer questions – call them on 01189 594 594 from 10am to 1pm on weekdays or email

Our services are supported by funding from the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

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