Children and young people with additional needs

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This section is dedicated to providing information and advice to families with a disabled child/children with a special educational need. It covers a range of topics to support parents and carers looking after their child.


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March and April 2015 - Training courses and workshops for parents, carers and professionals

Wokingham Children's Autism Partnershi

How you can support children & young people with an autism spectrum condition to manage emotions (including anger) – level 2

For practitioners/leisure providers only

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015

Time: 9:30am – 1pm

Venue: The large Hall, Woodley Air Field Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley RG5 4UX

An opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of autism; and how you can support people with autism to promote positive behaviours, and support their understanding of their own and others emotions (including anger) and how to self-manage

Autism Awareness – level 1

For parents/carers and practitioners/leisure providers

Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015

Time: 9:30am – 1pm

Venue: The large Hall, Woodley Air Field youth centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley RG5 4UX

An opportunity to understand the myths and facts around autism – the ‘hidden’ disability including language, social interaction, sensory issues, anxieties; the way people with autism make sense of the world around them and strategies and tools for supporting a person with autism.

Understanding & supporting the visual environment for children with autism – level 2

For parents/carers and practitioners/leisure providers:

Date: Wednesday 25 March 2015

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: The Large Hall, Woodley Air Field youth centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley RG5 4UX

(free parking)

An opportunity to gain an understanding of effective visual support and its impact in the environment. The need for awareness of different learning styles. How to use and develop visual tools to meet the individual needs of the child/young person, and ideas for improving communication in home, school and community environments

Understanding and writing social/visual scripts – level 1

(previously titled how to write a social storyTM)

For parents/carers and practitioners/leisure providers:

Date: Tuesday 31 March 2015

Time: 9.30am – 1pm

Venue: The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ

(pay & display car park opposite Oakwood Centre)

Raising awareness of the role of the social/visual script as a strategy in supporting individuals to understand and function in the social world around them. Looking at a range of stories which have helped support development and improved understanding of social events and expectations in a given situation which may lead to more effective social responses. You will have the opportunity to write a story to describe a social situation, skill or concept in a specifically defined style and format for an individual of any age

Transition – ‘getting ready for change’

For parents/carers and practitioners/leisure providers:

Information to help parents/carers and practitioners plan for each step of the journey from home to adulthood.

Date: Wednesday 1 April 2015

Time: 10:30am – 12 noon

The Large Hall, Woodley Air Field youth centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley RG5 4UX

(free parking)

A transition toolkit to use when working with people with autism or a social communication difficulty, who are moving from one setting to another and would benefit with support through change. (This information would be helpful for all children & young people who are vulnerable!)

Understanding and writing advanced social/visual scripts – level 2

For parents/carers and practitioners/leisure providers

Date: Wednesday 29 April 2015

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Venue: The Large Hall, Woodley Air Field youth centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley

For information about any of the above workshops, or to book a place, please contact:
Pam Breslin, LDD Service on:

Tel: 0118 974 6882

or

Email: pamela.breslin@wokingham.gov.uk 

Berkshire Autistic Society (BAS)

Berkshire Autistic Society are running a number of workshops in February and March including the:

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) workshop

Only £10.00 per person for BAS Members.

Monday 16 February from 10am - 1:30pm (3 places left)

Monday 16 March from 10am - 1:30pm

This course will help you have an understanding of the information required to complete the claim form.

Please contact Ann Long to book your place

Email: ann@autismberkshire.org.uk

Tel: 01189 594 594

For help completing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claim form, one to one appointments can be booked (lastng up to 3 hours) costing £25.00 per person (BAS Members only).

Contact the BAC office to book an appointment with an advisor on: 01189 594 594

NEW FREE "Positive Thinking" workshops for Parents and Carers

The aims of the workshop is to help a you or someone you're supporting improve self esteem.

Date: Tuesday 9 June 2015

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Venue: BAS Office, Unit 7 Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ

Please contact Ann Long to book your place

Email: ann@autismberkshire.org.uk

Or

Tel: 01189 594 594

Business Skills Course for Charities and Social Enterprise

The Berkshire Social Enterprise Accelerator has been developed by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub specifically to support ambitious social enterprises. This three day programme is to prepare leaders of small businesses and social enterprises to quickly grow their businesses in an ever changing competitive environment.

For eligible companies, the Growth Hub is able to offer the Berkshire Social Enterprise Accelerator at a cost of £150 + VAT per delegate.

To apply for your place phone 0118 935 7115 or email info@berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk

Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children Board - Risky Behaviours 

A free workshop for professionals who work with children and young people who may demonstrate behaviours that places them at risk of exploitation.

The event is on Wednesday 25 February 2015 and aims to bring together national and local guidance on the risks of Child Sexual Exploitation, the measures taken to minimise and protect against these risks and the services available to support young people in Bracknell Forest.

Please email enquiries@bflscb.org.uk for further information.

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