Although we are not a parent support service we are happy to help where possible or signpost an organisation that can help.
Below are some local agencies that provide support specifically for families
Local offer – This is a site that provides information on all local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities
GEMS – a central parenting service that provide pre-assessment and post diagnostic support for children, young people and adults with autism and/or ADHD and their families in East Berkshire. Support includes parent groups and training, home visits and special interest groups for autistic children/young people
Autism Berkshire – a local charity who can provide support in lots of different areas for families.
Information and Advice on Education
Information, Advice and Support Service (IAS) – Impartial support for children and young people with additional needs and their parents. A free and confidential service that can provide information, advice and support relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND).
Outdoor activities and clubs
Camp Mohawk – This is a provision you can access as a family or just for your child with autism. They are a multi-functional day centre set in 5 acres of countryside and can offer lots of different activities. You will need to register to access and they get booked up very quickly so if you would like to use during the summer you would need to register asap.
Thames Valley Adventure Playground – since 1982 the Thames Valley Adventure Playground has provided a chance for children & adults with all types of special need to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences in a safe and stimulating environment.
Support for Siblings
Family Action Young Carers – they can provide support for the siblings of children with autism. They can provide 1:1 and/or family support sessions and well-being groups for the children. Ages: 5-18.
OT and Speech and Language
Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies (CYPIT) – this is where you can refer for an Occupational Therapist or a Speech and Language therapist. There are also lots of different strategies available online via the CYPIT Toolkit.