Current Hertfordshire 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 17 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.

2024 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 Needs 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?

Wednesday mornings 9.30-11.30 ONLINE VIA ZOOM 10 session course Bookings open June 2024

September 11th 18th 25th , October 2nd 9th 16th 23rd , November 6th 13th 20th

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30 ONLINE VIA ZOOM 10 session course Bookings open June 2024

September 11th 18th 25th , October 2nd 9th 16th 23rd , November 6th 13th 20th

Parents need to live in Hertfordshire, have a diagnosed or awaiting assessment of needs child aged 2-11, and able to attend all 10 sessions

MORE COURSES COMING IN January 2025 Ask to go on the waiting list

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Feedback from parents November 2023

I understand my child now and stronger advocate for my son, the course was so informative and now I feel less alone, less worried and less stressed

I looked forward to each week, so supported and in week 7 it was a light bulb wow moment for me and recognising what I am feeling is normal and empathy is a game changer for our family

Francine and Lesley are so professional and experienced and I felt so safe in their hands. It has taken a long time for me to find this group and life changing, and feel a better calmer happier parent

Email bookings@famliesinfocus.co.uk for further details on either of these courses


Handling anger of primary aged children 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

    When?

    Tuesday mornings 9.30-11.30 ONLINE VIA ZOOM 6 session course Book now!

    September 10th 17th 24th October 1st 8th 15th  

    Tuesday evenings 6.30 – 8.30 ONLINE VIA ZOOM 6 session course Book now!

    September 10th 17th 24th October 1st 8th 15th 

  • Thursday mornings 9.30-11.30 ONLINE VIA ZOOM 6 session course Book now!
  • September 12th 19th 26th October 3rd 10th 17th 

Parent reviews 2023

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.

“Invaluable course I will continue to use every single part of it every day, great to gain knowledge and share experiences with other parents living in families like ours”

More courses coming in 2024 Book from September 9th Ask to go on the waiting list Tuesday evenings or Tuesday mornings from November 5th

Email bookings@familiesinfocus.co.uk for further details on any of these dates