For the past 17 years I have worked for Barnardo’s supporting families and children experiencing a variety of difficulties at home or in an educational setting.
During this time I have offered one to one support and delivered a variety of parenting groups. These include “Triple P”, “Parenting Wisely”, “Strengthening Families” and “Incredible Years Baby, Toddler, Child and School Age Programmes”(Webster Stratton). As an accredited Incredible Years group leader I support parents of children from birth through to teenage years. I believe that all children thrive on the positive attention and security their families can offer and that difficult behaviours can be managed in a positive way. Together we can explore issues you have identified and I will help you to move forward. I will work with you to meet your family’s needs using your existing knowledge and skills. I believe that no one knows your child as well as you do.
More recently I have supported parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents have often been on an emotional rollercoaster when they have suspected their child had a specific need or on hearing the diagnosis of ASD. The recognition of an individual need comes at the end of a lengthy process and can leave families feeling worried and wondering what the future will hold. With my knowledge and experience of parenting I use a positive outlook and solution focused approach to recognise strengths of specific parenting styles and how this would benefit your child in the future.
A tailored parent support service helps to explore and understand particular behaviour. I explore child development, focused time together, praise, routines, boundaries, emotional wellbeing and regulation in order to best suit the needs of your family. By recognising the individual needs of children, I can help to develop confidence and skills so that you can experience enjoyable times together.
I am an experienced Family Group Conference Convenor and Advocate. Using this approach I will support you prior to and during professional meetings. I can be present during discussions between family members so that you will be confident that others hear and recognise the specific needs of your child.
I am a qualified sleep practitioner and recognise how sleep deprivation impacts negatively on family life and child development. I am trained to recognise and support the sleep needs of children with ASD. Where sleep is an issue in the family, I am able to develop a behavioural plan to encourage children to have a more restful night. This will include understanding sleep needs of children, implementing an effective bed time routine and teaching your child to self-settle at night.
I am a qualified primary school teacher with Early Years specialism. I recognise that sometimes classroom can be a difficult place for children. It is vital that the adults around them identify and respond to their needs and wellbeing. As an integral part of a parenting package I help parents to explore and communicate the needs of their children to ensure they are understood and therefore able to fulfil their potential.