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The Complete Guide to parenting children with additional needs

“This class can be relied on by parents to make a positive difference, is evidence based and monitored and evaluated to  improve parent/child relationships. Parents can rely on the integrity of Families In Focus, its professional conduct, competence, financial and governance systems and confidentiality to ensure suitability to deliver a class and recommended by parents. This class is responsive, warm and relational, engaging with parents and builds on these effective relationships to meet their needs”         Certificate of accreditation CanParent

10 x 2 Hour Sessions

Session 1
The Way Forward
 Practical issues in Parenting and Additional Needs Children today and Parent Centered Framework and getting to know know each other.

Session 2
Understanding children’s behaviour and sensory issues  “Why does my child do that!”

Session 3
Positive Parenting – Encouraging children to do more of what you want them to do and individual family plans

Session 4
Setting Rules and Boundaries – Solutions to manage difficult behaviours and individual family plans

Session 5
Sharing the Emotional Journey – Stories of the highs and lows so far

Session 6
The Process of Adaptation – Understanding the effects on family relationships

Session 7
Stress, Balance and Routines.  Safety and Resilience – Finding a suitable routine to bring harmony to family life and introducing independent living skills

Session 8
All about Anger – Calming down children who have “lost it” and understanding why they did and listening techniques

Session 9
Dealing with Siblings issues.  Working successfully with Professionals – Practical Tips and ideas

Session 10
Parent Centered Parenting as our families move forward.  Celebrations & Endings

What parents tell us:

“Tonight I’m feeling grateful for meeting both of you and for attending such a fabulous course so much still needs to sink in, but I’m feeling informed and empowered and richer too due to learning about DLA which we were awarded last week! thank you so much for everything” Parent March 2016 

“This course ia an amazing worthwhile contribution to families with children who have special needs”

“This course made such a difference to me and my family and I gained so much more than I expected and would recommend this to any parent of children with special needs – it helped me so much and I made new friends who I still meet up with” 

“It is the best thing I have ever done and it made such a difference to the way I parent my family”

The Complete Guide to Parenting a Child with Additional Needs course – Please check our home page for all our current courses here.

To book Families in Focus CiC to run this course for your organisation, please contact us.

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