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Parenting Special Children - Parenting Programmes

Parenting Programmes

The Parenting Service offers a wide range of courses and workshops for families of children and young people with special needs for parent/carers both pre- and post-assessment.

Time Out for Special Needs is our seven week course offering parent/carers an insight into a wide range of topics which are not diagnosis-specific. For example, parents/carers of children with Autism may attend, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy etc. The course offers parents an opportunity to meet with other parents facing some of the same challenges and the courses are delivered by professionals but also parents of children/young people with special needs.

Workshops/Courses include:

Time Out for Special Needs

A course for parents/carers who have children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Time Out for Special Needs for Parents/Carers of primary-aged children

A course for parents/carers of primary-aged children with Special Educational Needs.

Attachment-Focused Time Out for Special Needs-Birth Parents

This course is aimed at birth parents of children affected by trauma through adverse childhood experiences like domestic violence, family break-up, bereavement, parental mental health issues and/or substance misuse. It has attachment theory underpinning all modules.

"Who's in Charge?"-Child/Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA)

An 8 week course providing a therapeutic approach for Berkshire parents/carers of children and young people (aged 8 – 16) who are violent or aggressive.

We also offer a variety of workshops for Schools, who would like to offer parent/carers the opportunity to learn more about a range of topics on special needs, and offer an opportunity to meet with other parents.

We can also deliver a course or workshop to meet your organisation’s specific needs. For more information, please see our Bespoke Training Service.

The best way to make a referral is to use this online form. However, if you would like to discuss a family, please contact us via or 0118 9863532.

Who to contact

0118 9863532

Where to go

The Arcade
Glebe Road

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.