NDD Local Services and Support - Parenting Supporting
Being a parent is both rewarding and challenging. All children are unique and families too but there are often common themes that are relevant to all parents. It is perfectly normal to sometimes wonder if you are getting things right or if there is perhaps another way that would work better for your child and your family. Many parents coming along to classes are nervous and concerned that they are going to be judged. This is definitely not the case. Facilitators are trained to offer a welcoming and non-judgemental environment that welcomes all parents. There is something very special about meeting other mums, dads and carers and sharing ideas and experiences with one another. Parenting courses are facilitated rather than taught on the basis that each parent knows their children best but can sometimes be stuck on how to manage certain aspects of family life. Facilitators running our courses understand that all parents are trying to do the best job that they can and want the best possible outcomes for their children. Hearing from other parents how they manage similar situations can give everyone new ideas on how to approach things.
Face to face groups (either in a classroom or virtual) include lots of discussion as well as practical tasks to help you build on your strengths and gives you, as a parent, the time and space to think about changes you may wish to make. All our courses are committed to supporting parents of children with additional needs and recognising that whilst some of the challenges may be different all children benefit from consistency, clear boundaries and the power of praise. Parenting courses recognise that feelings drive behaviour and once we can understand the feelings, then often the unwanted behaviour begins to disappear.
Online parenting courses are a great way to get advice and information in the comfort of your own home and at times to suit you. Check out all the parenting support available in your area here.
Below you will find a list of services that are available both locally and nationally to support in this area. These services have been listed under the following categories:
Universal – These services are available to everyone, without the need for any referral
Targeted – These services provide more targeted support to address a need. In most cases a referral is required
Specialist – These services provide specialist, targeted support and a referral is required. A number of these services are provided as part of the ‘intervention’ stage of our NDD Pathway.
We have also worked with the Council for Disabled Children to create a list of useful resources that are available through national organisations