Autism is a developmental condition that affects the way children and young people communicate with and relate to others. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
There are numerous support networks available to help young people and their families manage the condition.
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for those with autism and their families, providing information, support and other services.
Parenting Special Children offers a post diagnostic support service, a range of parenting programmes and workshops as well as a sleep service.
The Autism Group offers support and social opportunities for young people on the autism spectrum (specifically in the secondary school and above age group). It also offers autism training for parents, carers and people living and working in the Thames Valley area. The team is based near Maidenhead.
Special interest groups: For more information, contact Ruth on 07454 375071 or email email@example.com
Training: For more information, contact Dawn on 07463 337851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Support: For more information, contact Tricia on 07423 636339 or email email@example.com
Autism Berkshire provides specialist services, training, and social and leisure activities throughout Berkshire.
SHaRON Jupiter is an online support and advice service for parents and carers of children with autism provided by Berkshire Healthcare in partnership with agencies including Autism Berkshire, Parenting Special Children and Autism Support Workers in Berkshire.
If you’d like to join SHaRON, please ask your child’s CAMHS clinician, support worker or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to make a referral.
If you’re unable to get a referral form completed by a clinician, support worker or SENCO, Autism Berkshire will forward a completed referral form on your behalf.
ASSIST is a Wokingham Borough Council Service which offers information about autism, local events and the opportunity to attend courses run for parents who have a child with a recent diagnosis of autism.
ASD Family Help is a charity offering free support and advice to individuals on the autism spectrum as well as parents, carers and professionals within the Wokingham Borough.
The service works closely with schools and families to offer support and training, and help remove the barriers to learning presented by autism.
Phone: 01753 787627
Email: not available
The centre runs courses for parents of children aged up to 8 years old with autism.
For children over 9 years, support services are provided jointly by the Autism Berkshire and Bracknell Forest Council.
The Shine Team supports children in mainstream educational settings who have an autism spectrum diagnosis by providing an training to staff working specifically with pupils on a 1:1 basis, or in small groups to support social skills and/or transition years. SHINE also offers autism specific workshops to parents and carers, including EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus and Cygnet programmes.
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