1. Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders: This will focus on “what is ADHD and ASD”, and discussing intellectual disability, tics, etcetera to raise awareness of comorbidities. We will discuss also about the ESSENCE (Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations) theory of neurodevelopment.
2. Understanding behaviour and regulating emotions: Looking at defining behaviours and emotions regulation and why these can be challenging for those with ASD/ADHD. We will also compare the presentation within girls vs boys.
3. Emotional Wellbeing in Neurodiversity: Exploring co-morbid mental health and self- esteem challenges.
4. From reactive to responsive parenting: Considering the parenting approach, encouraging a move from “reactive” parenting to pro-active parenting.
5. Communication: Considering the need for adapted communication styles, how information is provided, how young people are encouraged to develop ways to organise themselves. We will discuss how we as parents communicate with professionals to have our young person’s needs met.
6. Strategies for Living: Exploring day to day ways to manage symptoms, such as “treatment plans”, sleep, nutrition, medication, timetables, diaries, planners, friendship development, etc.
Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to connect with other parents facing similar challenges. Our group sessions foster a supportive community where parents can share experiences, exchange advice, and celebrate successes together.