Free support for parents

Date: Nov 8, 2021

Are you parenting/supporting a teenager with an intellectual disability?

Join our free ‘Special Needs Programme’, a practical evidence-based course for parents/guardians of teenagers with an intellectual disability and meet other parents/guardians in a supportive group to help your children reach their full potential. The course begins in February 2022 (dates tbc), running every Tuesday for seven weeks (except for during half-term week) between 10am and 12pm. 

The Parents Plus Special Needs Programme has been developed in partnership with parents of adolescents with an intellectual disability and professionals working with families, and is the first of its kind supporting the development of teenagers and young adults specifically.

The focus of the programme is to support parents in managing issues that are common for families who are raising a teenager who has an intellectual disability.

Some of the topics included in this course are:

For parents

➔         The journey of parenting a child with special needs

➔         Managing stress and looking after yourself as a parent

➔         Supporting brothers and sisters and family relationships

➔         Establishing good family routines

➔         Managing challenging behaviours

For young people

➔         Supporting good friendships and social opportunities

➔         Building self-esteem, confidence and independence

➔         Supporting teenager’s education and development

➔         Dealing with puberty, sexuality and relationships

➔         Preparing for future transitions and adulthood

How to sign up

The course is completely free of charge, but is limited to 10 family places. If you would like to book a place for you and/or your spouse, partner or someone in your support network, please download and complete our sign-up sheet by clicking HERE. Alternatively, you can email to request a sign-up form prior to 31st January.


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