Current SEND courses

Our SEND courses are designed for parents living with children with special educational needs and disabilities, autism, ADHD and all neuro-diverse conditions, including those awaiting assessment or diagnosis. The courses are designed to give parents tools, skills and knowledge which make a lasting positive impact and change to family life.

Over the past 13 years, 95 per cent of our parent attendees would highly recommend our services to other parents.

All courses are delivered by founders Francine and Lesley, who have over 25 years of personal and professional experience of SEND. Attendee group sizes are limited to ensure an interactive, personal approach is maintained.

2022 courses

Complete guide to parenting children with SEND

This free 10-week course is for those parenting children aged two to 11 with all Special Education Need living in Hertfordshire.

Facilitated by founders, Lesley and Francine, the course aims to help parents:

  • Gain a greater understanding and answer the question, ‘Why does my child do that?’
  • Learn a range of strategies and solutions, to better manage behaviours that challenge
  • Understand sensory issues which affect behaviours
  • Gain more understanding of anger triggers and strategies to reduce angry meltdowns
  • Learn how to support siblings living with a sister/brother with additional needs or challenging behaviours
  • Learn communication techniques to reduce emotional traffic jams and improve children’s emotional regulation
  • Meet other parents living in families similar to theirs and share experiences
  • Learn techniques to manage stress, conflict and so much more….

When?

Parents must attend each session.

Wednesdays mornings 9.30-11.30am
September 14th, 21st, 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

OR

Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 8.30pm
September 14th, 21st, 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Via Zoom



Handling anger in your child with ADHD and/or Autism

A free six-week course for parents with primary aged children with ADHD and/or Autism, living in Hertfordshire.

This CANparent quality mark course for parents of primary aged children provides practical and proven techniques to reduce angry meltdowns in your family.

This very popular, effective and award winning anger management course helps parents to:

  • Gain understanding of Autism and ADHD and how behaviours can be effected
  • Attain awareness of a child’s sensory world and the affect on behaviour
  • Understand how anger and other emotions live in your family
  • Increase your understanding of triggers that cause angry outbursts
  • Learn healthy anger management strategies for children and parents to reduce angry outbursts
  • Discover creative ways to support children to ‘let go’ of anger safely
  • Gain effective empathic communication techniques to reduce angry outbursts
  • Meet and share experiences with other parents

I just wanted to say a personal thank you to both of you for the 6 week course. As a teacher I am reminded that we can always improve, and I am lucky to go on a lot of training at work. Your course complimented and exceeded the training I have had. I often use the analogy of a toolbox of approaches, and you have helped replenish mine with new strategies and skills for both home life with three neuro diverse children and at school with an ever changing multitude of challenges.

“I really enjoyed the way you work together to bring the course. It presented as professional, slick, well paced, inclusive and knowledgeable. The recaps were good at reminding us of skills learnt, and giving us confidence to learn new topics. Both your knowledge and experiences bought solace, confidence and real life to the examples you gave, and the scenarios that we then worked through each week to help embed were relevant and realistic to me as a parent.

“Thank you for helping us see a light at the end of the tunnel
.”

Parent attendee

When?

Parents must be able to attend each session.

Thursday mornings 9.30-11.30am
June – 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
July – 7th, 14th
Via Zoom – FULL

OR

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm
June – 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
July – 6th, 13th
Via Zoom – FULL

OR

Thursday mornings 9.30-11.30am
September 15th, 22nd, 29th
October 6th, 13th, 20th
Via Zoom – Bookings open June 1st

OR

Monday evenings 6.30-8.30pm
September 12th, 19th, 26th
October 3rd, 10th, 17th
Via Zoom – Bookings open June 1st

OR

Thursday mornings 9.30-11.30am
November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
December 1st, 8th
Bookings open September 10th


Sleep solutions for children with autism/ADHD

A proven evidence-based and behavioural approach for parents of children with SEND aged four to 10, to help families get a better nights’ sleep

Together, in small interactive groups Lesley and Francine, who are licensed sleep practitioners with a wealth of experience, will help parents to restore healthy sleep. This course helps parents to:

  • Understand the stages of sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation on children’s behaviour and learning
  • Identify the causes of sleep difficulties, including a child’s sensory sensitivities
  • Find ways to bring balance to your child’s sleep issues
  • Find ideas that help children go to sleep and stay asleep
  • Understand and manage sleep problems such as night terrors and nightmares
  • Learn how to actively listen and respond empathically to children to reduce concerns and feelings such as anxiety
  • Create a routine and sleep inducing environment to aid healthy sleep for the whole family

When?

Friday mornings 9.30-11.30am
April 22nd, 29th
May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Via Zoom


Parenting with empathy

Funded by DSPL9 and FREE for parents and carers in Bushey, Radlett, Watford and Three Rivers, this proven therapeutic approach helps to increase positive family communication to manage behaviours that challenge, reducing behaviours that challenge and building your family’s emotional wellbeing. This course will enable you to:

  • Discover what empathic listening is and how and why it builds strong attachments in families.
  • Build a positive emotional language when managing anger and/or ’emotional traffic jams’.
  • Learn to use empathy to set clear expectations and boundaries to enable children to feel safe.

Thursday mornings 9.30-11.30am
May 2022 – 5th, 12th, 19th


Managing anxiety in your primary aged child with SEND

Funded by DSPL9 and FREE for parents and carers in Bushey, Radlett, Watford and Three Rivers, this evidence-based course is for those parenting children from four to 11 years-old and will enable you and your family to:

  • Increase your understanding of why children feel anxious.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the range of emotions that may be hidden and the effects on the whole family.
  • Understand triggers which increase anger and anxiety in children.
  • Learn helpful tips, ideas and creative ways to help children to communicate their emotions.
  • Learn strategies for parents to keep calm under pressure.
  • Help children to understand what calm is all about and how to achieve their best version of calm.
  • Use empathy to set clear rules and boundaries.
  • Develop supportive ways to respond to children’s difficult feelings.
  • Help children to become more emotionally literate and build strong attachments.

When?

Monday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm
May 2022 – 9th, 16th, 23rd


Parenting apart and children with SEND – Putting children first

Funded by DSPL9 and FREE for parents and carers in Bushey, Radlett, Watford and Three Rivers, this two hour course is for those parenting separately with children with SEND. This course will enable you and your family to:

  • Understand more about children’s needs during transition from one parent to another.
  • Learn tips for smooth transitions.
  • Avoid parenting pitfalls that are unhelpful for children.
  • Use empathetic techniques to help children understand and express their emotions.

When?

Monday 16th May, 2022
6.30-8.30pm

OR

Monday 13th June 2022
6.30-8.30pm

Supporting siblings – supporting children living with brothers and sisters with SEND

Funded by DSPL9 and FREE for parents and carers in Bushey, Radlett, Watford and Three Rivers, this two hour course is for those parenting children with SEND and their siblings. This course will enable you and your family to:

  • Understand a sibling’s experience of living with a sister or brother with SEND.
  • Share typical sibling issues.
  • Learn tips, ideas and creative ways that best support siblings.
  • Communicate with empathy so siblings can build their emotional literacy.

When?

Monday 23rd May, 2022
9.30-11.30am

OR

Monday 11th July 2022
6.30-8.30pm