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Dates in Hertfordshire 2020 support groups for parents caring for a child with additional needs

ALL PARENT NETWORKS ARE CONTINUING THROUGHOUT LOCKDOWN, REACHING PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS ONLINE VIA ZOOM.  IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED AS A PARENT NETWORK MEMBER YOU WILL RECEIVE A TEXT NOTIFYING YOU A FEW DAYS  BEFORE THE START DATE WITH THE ZOOM LOGIN DETAILS.  IF YOU ARE NOT A PARENT NETWORK MEMBER BUT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN PLEASE EMAIL FRANCINE@FAMILIESINFOCUS.CO.UK.  YOU CAN REQUEST TO JOIN ANY PARENT NETWORK AT ANY LOCATION AT ANY TIME.

Support, information & learning groups for parents caring for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities – no need to book just turn up!  Delivered by experienced, trained facilitators with over 25 years of personal experience and professional knowledge to share.

Non-judgemental, caring support groups for parents by parents (Facilitators trained by Families in Focus CIC) caring for a child with any additional need.

Someone with whom you can share your thoughts and feelings with. It’s about knowing your not alone. I have gained so much knowledge and strength from all whom I’ve met and things I’ve learnt during my time at the Parent Networks. Thank you! ”                       


South Hill Centre, Hemel Hempstead Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

With Facilitators Siobhann and Maria covering Autism, PDA and/or Anxiety in Hemel Hempstead.  

The South Hill, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

Monday 15th June – How SEN support works in Schools

Monday 6th July – Holiday tips & Chat

Monday 14th September – Becoming a professional assertive parent

Monday 12th October – Tips for keeping children with SEND safe online YC Herts

Monday 9th November – EHCP Reviews and Tribunals

Monday 14th December – Coping with fussy eaters at Christmas with Helen Allen


Hemel Hempstead Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

With Facilitators Lesley and Francine

The South Hill, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

Monday 8th June – Strategies to manage behaviours

Monday 29th June – Successful EHCP reviews  – Helena Marks Dwyer

Monday 7th September – Hertfordshire Services and Open Forum

Monday 5th October – Choosing the right school that fits your child – Helena Marks Dwyer

Monday 2nd November – Understanding more about ASD

Monday 7th December – Empathy – how to use it to help manage behaviours


Watford Evenings – 7pm to 9pm

Stanborough Centre, 609 St Albans Road, Watford, WD25 9JL

With Facilitators Lesley and Francine 

Monday 8th June – Teaching Teens with SEND protective behaviours and understanding consent with YC HERTS

Monday 29th June – Understanding more about Children’s Sensory issues – Beverly Hamilton

Monday 5th October – Choosing the right school that fits your child – Helena Marks Dwyer

Monday 2nd November – Strategies to Manage Behaviours

Monday 7th December – Understanding the EHCP process – Helena Marks Dwyer


Stevenage Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

With Facilitators Lesley and Francine

The Phoenix Centre, The Hyde, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 9SE

Thursday 11th June – Supporting Fussy Easter with Helen Allen

Thursday 2nd July – Sharing tips for happy holidays

Thursday 10th September – Successful school meetings – Helena Marks Dwyer

Thursday 8th October – Strategies to support children’s sensory systems

Thursday 5th November – Using Empathy to increase children’s emotional regulation

Thursday 3rd December – Teaching teens with SEND protective behaviours and understanding consent with YC HERTS


Harpenden Evenings – 7pm to 9pm 

With Francine & Lesley  covering Autism and ADHD

The Harpenden Trust Centre, 90 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PS

Thursday 4th June – Understanding more about ASD

Thursday 2nd July – Tips for keeping children with SEND safe on line with YC HERTS

Thursday 10th September – EHCP First steps – Helena Marks Dwyer

Thursday 1st October – Sensory Issues – Beverley Hamilton

Thursday 5th November – Effective EHCP reviews – Helena Marks Dwyer

Thursday 3rd December – Sharing tips for a calm Christmas



Hatfield Evenings – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

With Facilitators Siobhann and Billie-Jean

Oxlease House, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, AL10 8TJ

First Thursday evening of each month

Thursday 11th June – Ideas to manage sensory issues

Thursday 9th July – Supporting fussy eaters – Helen Allen

Thursday 10th September – Strategies to support children with PDA traits

Thursday 8th October – How SEN support works in schools

Thursday 12th November – Tips for keeping children with SEND safe online YC HERTS

Thursday 10th December – Christmas tips and chat


No need to book just turn up!

To contact Families in Focus CIC: Email: info@familiesinfocus.co.uk

Tel: 01442 2219720

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