Autism Berkshire Teen Life courses for parents of autistic children aged 10 to 16

Teen Life is a six-session course for parents and carers of autistic young people aged 10 to 16 and accompanying members of school staff who support their children.

It aims to help them to understand more about autistic teenagers, discussing strategies and sharing ideas about how to communicate with and support autistic young people.

Developed by the National Autistic Society with input from parents and autistic young people, the course covers topics including self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, understanding an autism diagnosis, puberty, independence, special interests and education and planning for the future.

We are running two courses in 2020 in Thatcham for parents and carers who are residents of the West Berkshire Council area, as follows:

  • January 27 to March 9 (NB: no session on Monday, February 17, due to half-term). 
  • April 20 to June 1.

If you are would like to attend one of these courses, please email an expression of interest and a daytime telephone number to and we will contact you for an informal discussion.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Elaine Dowding
Contact Position
Family support team leader
01189 594 594
Teen Life course information

These courses are funded by a grant from West Berkshire Council’s Community Education Fund and the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

Where to go

Swings & Smiles
A Place to Play
Lower Way
RG19 3RR

The building is fully accessible and free car parking is available.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Mondays from 12 noon to 2.30pm
Time of day
Session Information
Each course runs over six weekly sessions

Other Details


Places on the courses are free of charge but we ask parents and carers for a voluntary donation of £25, and school staff to pay a £30 fee, for course materials


Age Ranges
Referral required

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