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Courses for Parents from ‘Contact’

Contact - for families with disabled children | Contact

The national charity Contact (formerly Contact a Family) has arranged a series of free virtual workshops on an number of different topics.  Please click onto the appropriate link below to book onto a workshop.  They are continually adding new dates, so if there is not a workshop suitable for you do try again later. There is a website link at the end.

How To Handle Meetings – for parents/carers of children with additional needs
Develop your skills for online and face2face meetings with professionals. Feel more confident and better able to express yourself when discussing your child’s specialist needs, to make the right decisions and get the right support for them. 
Tuesday 1st December  10:00 am
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Wednesday 2nd December  7:30 pm
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Wednesday 9th December  10:00 am
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Money Matters – for parents/carers of children with additional needs
An overview of benefits, DLA, Carers Allowance, grants available, discounts on utilities, leisure, discounts for carers. Accessing services for support with applications. Local information and helplines. Dispelling myths around benefits. Also covers Covid 19-related financial updates.
Wednesday 18th November  10:00 am
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Wellbeing for parents/carers of children with additional needs
Understand clearly what stress is & how it affects you. Identify new ways of coping with stress & reducing your stress levels. Try new stress busting ideas until you find ones that fit with you! 
Friday 6th November  10:00 am
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Thursday 12th November  10:00 am
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Wednesday 18th November  7:30 pm
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Helping your child sleep
Gain a better understanding of sleep processes, why sleep problems may occur for young children and possible causes. The importance of sleep and the effect on the whole family. Suggestions for what might help and where to get support.
Tuesday 17th November  7:30 pm
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Support for speech and language issues in children
This workshop will help you to think about how you can best communicate with your child and how you can share this knowledge with those in their early years and school settings.
Tuesday 10th November  10:00 am
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Tuesday 24th November  10:00 am
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Wednesday 25th November  10:00 am
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All this information can also be found on the following link to the Contact website:  
 https://contact.org.uk/about-us/family-workshops/

Speech and Language Support Group

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I have been informed of a new, free parent support group for parents awaiting Speech and Language Therapy for their children.

There are so many referrals to the Speech and Language Therapy Service at the moment and families are often waiting for long periods without support.

This not-for-profit support group, run by an excellent, private Speech and Language Therapist, will offer general advice and support for parents awaiting intervention.

Please see the flier below for further details. Parents can either self-refer, if interested, or please contact me (senco@wransom.herts.sch.uk) if you would like me to make the referral.

ADD-vance 6-week introductory courses

ADD-vance

ADD-vance are offering lots of dates for their introductory 6-week course: Understanding ADHD and Autism


The course is designed for parent/carers of children aged 5 to 14 yrs with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of ADHD and/or Autism. Every course is bespoke to the needs of each group.


Learning outcomes include:
• Understanding ADHD, Autism and related conditions
• Building your child’s self-esteem
• Understanding anxiety and anger triggers
• Reducing meltdowns and other behaviours which challenge
• Developing positive behaviour strategies
• Working collaboratively with school
• Knowing your rights and how to advocate for your child
• Reducing your own stress levels
• Managing the needs of siblings
• Improving communication as a family
• Connecting with other families and sharing experiences
• Signposting to useful resources and local support networks.
Courses will be delivered online via Zoom with a maximum of 12 participants. They will run as a series of 12 x 1 hour sessions or 6 x 2 hour sessions over six weeks. All sessions must be attended.
The sessions can be accessed free via a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Joining instructions will be provided beforehand and the first session will provide an opportunity to practice using the technology.


Seven separate courses will be running on the following dates:
Mondays 2nd November to 7th December 10 am – 12 pm (Parents/carers of girls only)
Mondays 2nd November to 7th December 12.30 – 2.30 pm (Families in North Herts district only)
Mondays 2nd November to 7th December 7 – 9 pm (Dads only)
Tuesdays 3rd November to 8th December 10 am – 12 pm
Tuesdays 3rd November to 8th December 7 – 9 pm (Families in Watford district only)
Fridays 6th November to 11th December 10 am – 12 pm
Fridays 6th November to 11th December 12.30 – 2.30 pm
Saturdays 7th November to 12th December 2 – 4pm


For more information and to book your FREE place please see http://add-vance.eventbrite.com/.

Course: Supporting children with additional needs back into school

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This forum is designed to give parents/carers of children aged 4 to 15 years awaiting assessment or displaying traits of ASD and/or ADHD support with specific issues that may arise during transition back into education.

Monday, 5 October 2020 1pm to 2:30pm Online
See flyer for booking details.

This course is provided by NESSie, Supporting Positive Mental Health in Schools and Angels Autism & ADHD Support.  Funded by Hertfordshire County Council.

‘Supporting Links’ courses for parents

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Supporting Links are offering two free online courses this term, for parents of children with ASD or ADHD (although no formal diagnosis is required):

Monday 5th October – ‘Talking ASD & ADHD: Transition and Change

Thursday 12th November – ‘Talking ASD & ADHD: Anxiety and Stress

Please see the flyers below for further details about the content of the courses.

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