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New course launches to support autistic teenagers across West Berkshire

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Autism Berkshire are launching 'Teen Life', which aims to educate parents and carers of autistic children in the region, about understanding the disorder.

The course begins in January, 2020 and runs over six weekly sessions to educate those about autistic young people aged between 10 and 16-years-old.

Developed by the National Autistic Society, the course covers topics including self-esteem, stress & anxiety, education and planning for the future.

Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said:

“We have had many requests from parents for a course offering targeted advice to help them support autistic teenagers.

“We believe that Teen Life will be an invaluable follow-on to the autism workshops we already offer in West Berkshire and provide vital advice to parents – and school staff who work with their children – about this key period in young people’s lives.”

The first courses will be run in Thatcham on Monday afternoons, from noon to 2:30pm, as follows:

  • January 27 to March 9 (no session on February 17).
  • April 20 to June 1 (no session on May 25). The course sessions will take place at the Swings & Smiles special needs playcentre, in Lower Way, Thatcham.

The courses are running thanks to funding from West Berkshire Council's Community Education Fund and the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

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