Improved services for families living with autism

Primary interest

Autism Berkshire is now delivering an improved range of services to support children and young people living with autism and their parents, carers and families as a result of a new partnership with the county’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The partnership with the Berkshire West and Berkshire East CCG federations is part of the CAHMS Transformation project, which follows the publication of the Government’s Future in Mind report on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Pre-Assessment Workshops for parents and carers of children on the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ASD Pathway diagnosis waiting list are now available at Autism Berkshire’s office in Reading free of charge, thanks to funding from the CCGs.

Autism Berkshire is also providing Pre-Assessment Support Groups where parents and carers can meet, get to know each other and seek mutual support. In Reading the support group holds evening meetings at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, at Caversham Bridge. Forthcoming meetings are on Monday 8 February and Monday 14 March, both starting at 7pm.

And the CCG federations have asked Autism Berkshire to support families with Home Visits, not only at the time of diagnosis, but also while they are on the ASD Pathway waiting list for an assessment or if a family is in a period of difficulty. Families value home visits as they can discuss their issues with a trained support worker, who is also a parent of an autistic child, and can receive tailored advice

Full details of workshops and support group meetings can be found by going to and searching for Autism Berkshire Pre-Assessment. Bookings can also be made online at this site. Alternatively, people can contact Autism Berkshire’s office on 01189 594 594 or email

Details of Autism Berkshire’s full range of services and leisure activities for people and families living with autism can be found at