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Parenting Special Children

Parenting Special Children

We provide specialist support for Berkshire Families who have children + young people with special needs.

Parenting Special Children’s mission is to provide specialist parenting support to parents and carers of children and young people with Special Needs, so that they can create positive change in their lives.

Parenting Special Children was founded in 2006 by Ruth Pearse, the CEO of the charity, to meet an unmet need that she had identified, whilst receiving a diagnosis for her daughter. At that time, there was a lack of support for families at diagnosis and very few specialist parenting programmes that families could access which would help them learn more about the diagnosis that their child or young person had received and to meet other families in a similar situation.

All of the services we offer to families has been informed and influenced by the families who have attended our courses/workshops/clinics over the years. We are delighted that we have been able to expand our services to meet the needs of families and very much hope to continue to do so over the coming years.

What is unique about Parenting Special Children, and important to the families who receive our services, is that all the staff, trustees and volunteers are parent/carers of children or young people with special needs. All the facilitators of our services have a professional background which enables the charity to deliver a professional service and this is valued by families and health, social care and education professionals who refer families to the charity.

  • Diagnosis Support & Help Line
  • ADHD Service
  • Autism Service
  • Sleep Service
  • Trauma & Attachement Service
  • Support Groups
  • Family Events
  • Services for Children & Young People
  • Training for Practitioners
  • Commissioning PSC Services


For information on courses, workshops and much more, please Tel: 0118 9863532 Email:  or visit:



Who to contact

Contact Name
Ruth Pearse
0118 9863532
Parenting Special Children

Where to go

11 Glebe Road

Other Details


Is there a charge for
using this service?
Costs vary by service and event.


Referral required
Referral Details

Contact Ruth Pearse

Local Offer


Parenting Special Children

Parenting Special Children run specialist parenting programmes for parent/carers who have children with special needs, programmes include Time Out from Special Needs, an 8 week course for parent/carers who have children with a range of special needs; Time Out from ADHD, a four week course for parent/carers who have children and young people with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder); Time Out from ASD a four week course for parent/carers who have children or young people with Autism. All programmes are FREE to families.

We cover Reading, Wokingham, East and West Berkshire areas.

For information on courses available contact Ruth Pearse

email: Tel: 07876 275731

Contact Name
Ruth Pearse
Contact Telephone
07876 275731
Contact Email
Parenting Special Children
SEN Provision Type

General Provider Response

Is your service accessible?
venues vary
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
families living in Reading, Wokingham, East and West Berkshire
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
self referral
What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
maximum of one week, usually 2 days
Inspection outcomes/quality awards
meeting funding requirements
Feedback and complaints procedure
via Trustees

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.