Naomi Hanspal, our Family Inclusion Support Officer, is a wealth of information about support and guidance for families. These are just some of the groups and offers that she has information on at the moment. Just pop into the school office and see if she is free. If not, leave her a message at reception and she will catch up with you or send an email to email@example.com.
Attached below are support for families and learning opportunities.
Autism and Mental Health Support Group
A parent-led support group for families of children with autism or mental health Issues.
Founded with mutual support in mind, our aim is to allow people whose children face similar issues to meet up in an informal setting to share knowledge and talk about any issues they are facing.
Please come along to: St James Road Methodist Church, St James Road, Southampton, SO15 5HE, 10 to 12 on 31st March, 28th April, 26th May and 30th June for a chat over tea and coffee. There is no need to book.
It’s a very relaxed meeting and people are welcome to pop in and out as they want, there is a chance to have a cuppa and cake and usually time to sit and chat to other parents in a similar position.
The speakers from CAMHS at the meetings coming up are as follows:
31st March 2017 - Mindfulness with Dr Jo Barker
28th April 2017 - Attachment with Dr Carlos Hoyos
26th May 2017 - Behaviour Management with Jayne Muldowney
30th June 2017 - Sensory Issues & Occupational Therapy with Sue Matthews
We do not currently have plans to meet in July due to school holidays.
The speakers usually start just after ten and can take the full two hours, with a chance for questions and answers as well. Sometimes we don’t have a speaker and there is a chance to chat to other parents then.
The meetings are attended by a real mix of people, mostly parents and grandparents, with children from preschool age up to university. Parents/carers do not need to attend every session. The children’s needs vary from low functioning autism to Aspergers as well as a variety of mental health issues and some with physical ones.
There is a good source of support for those who can’t make the groups through.