There are some important stages in a child's life which have more significance if the child has a disability.  These are:-

  • receiving a diagnosis
  • going to first school
  • transferring from primary to secondary school
  • leaving childhood to become an adult

These are always a challenging time for parents of any child but there are extra considerations for the parents of a child with a disability. 

In these pages we aim to give vital information about these stages with signposts to other organisations who can help even further.

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Post-Diagnostic Support

There are several voluntary organisations in Reading which have aims to support parents through the period of diagnosis and some also provide ongoing support throughout life.  This is an alphabetical list of the main ones with a short description of what they do:

Berkshire Autistic Society provides information and advice to parents, carers and families of people living with autism. Telephone their help line 0118 959 4594 or email    or click on

Parenting Special Children runs a Diagnosis Support Service. This offers one-to-one support to families who have recently received a diagnosis for their child or young person or who are waiting for a diagnosis.

Reading Mencap We offer support for parents around diagnosis.  Our Family Advisers are available for one to one information and support at our Centre in 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE or they can make a home visit by appointment, tel: 0118 9662518, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1.30pm.