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Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

ABC to Read

A local charity which works with schools to help raise literacy standards. We recruit, train and offer continuing support to volunteers who provide mentoring help to Berkshire primary school children who are struggling with reading and lack confidence.

0118 951 1336

bild (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) is working to improve the lives of people in the UK with a learning disability.

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Berkshire CAMHS offers assessment and treatment when mental health problems affect children and young people up to the age of 18.

We offer a same day response for urgent cases referred by local hospitals and GPs (on weekdays only).

You will need to be referred to CAMHS by a professional such as your GP, social worker or school nurse. Please speak to them and they will put you in touch with us if they think we can help.

0300 365 0300
Contact a Family

Contact a Family provides lots of information about disabilities, particularly rare or unusual diagnoses for parents or carers caring for children with SEN or additional needs who would like advice and information about their child’s education.

A directory of disability information services in West Berkshire.
Enhanced Support Team

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have an inpatient service for adults with learning disabilities presenting with additional mental illness and / or severe behavioural challenges. The team monitor out of area placements; behavioural specialisms; person centred planning. has a section on their website devoted to learning disabilities.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have local community teams for people with learning disabilities (CTPLD) provide advice, support, assessment, treatment and therapies to support adults who have diagnosed learning disabilities.

For anyone diagnosed with learning disabilities before 18, we help with the handover from children (paediatrics) to adult services. We run transition events such as ‘Meet your therapist’ days to make sure this change is as smooth and reassuring as possible.

We support families and carers to help them care for the person concerned. A person with a learning disability could be living at home with their family, in a residential school or home, in supported living or own their own home, but need extra support.

Adults with learning disabilities may have different views from their families or carers. The person concerned is our main customer and they have the same rights as any other British citizen. We work with other professionals to determine a person’s ability to make decisions and can refer them to a citizen advocate or mental capacity advocate if suitable.

We operate an open referral system. This means that anyone who needs help can ask for it. You can contact us to find out how we can help you, or someone else can contact us on your behalf.

01635 503551

Mencap works with people with a learning disability to change laws and services, challenge prejudice and directly support thousands of people to live their lives as they choose.

Occupational Therapy

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provide practical support to people with physical and mental illness, learning disabilities, long term conditions, or those experiencing the effects of ageing, to enable them to do the things they need or want to do.

The Trust enable people of all ages to carry out practical activities. These could be essential day to day tasks – such as dressing, cooking and going shopping, or the things that make us who we are – such as jobs, interests, hobbies and relationships.

Occupational therapy considers all of a person’s needs – e.g. physical, psychological, social and environmental – and helps to increase people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

Patients are referred to this service by healthcare professionals.

01344 415 6000