Free advice workshops for parents of teenagers with Autism

Organisation
Article date
15 September 2016
Primary interest
Families and Parenting

Autism Berkshire is pleased to announce that it is bringing workshops offering tailored support to the parents and carers of teenagers with autism spectrum conditions to Reading and Wokingham, after a successful pilot project in the east of the county earlier this year.

The workshops, which are free of charge, focus on communication, social skills and mental health, and are led by professionals from the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. One will be held on a Saturday to help parents who have work commitments on weekdays.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 8, with Jo Billington, a parenting practitioner and researcher at the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading, at Autism Berkshire’s office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, from 10am to 1pm.
  • Thursday, November 3, with Dr Liz Dawes, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading, in the Community Room at Wokingham Fire Station, in Easthampstead Road, from 10am to 1pm.
  • Tuesday, December 13, with Iona Wood, a speech and language therapist specialising in autism, at Autism Berkshire’s office at 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, from 10am to 1pm.

The workshops are for parents and carers of children aged 11+ with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism who attend a mainstream school. They are not suitable for parents of teenagers with a new or recent diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.

The sessions are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Federation as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Places at the workshops can be booked online by going to Eventbrite.co.uk and searching for Autism Berkshire Supporting Teenagers.

Parents and carers who would like to attend will also need to complete a registration form in advance, so that the sessions can be tailored to their needs.

For more details and a copy of the form, they should call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk