Parenting a child with extra needs requires a different approach...
Entering parenthood, we have loads of expectations and preconceived ideas about what family life would be like.
When you realise that your child has extra needs to help them to thrive in life, it can be challenging for a parent to adapt to.
Understanding exactly what the child's needs are, organising support or therapies, adjusting to behavioural differences in social contexts, managing your own emotions while dealing with some of the challenges you are faced with, can very quickly cause overwhelm in a parent.
Parents are often on a roller coaster ride, swinging between adoration over their child's unique quirkiness, and pulling their hair out during the tough days.
Many parenting programs catering for extra needs, only focus on the child's behaviour, but at the PSC, we are always working on integrating three approaches:
- Helping the parent with their own emotions
- Helping the parent to understand and help their child with their emotions and emotional regulation
- And lastly, helping the parent to work WITH the child on behavioural challenges, but only ever after we understand the function of the behaviour and why it makes sense for your child to be behaving that way.
Our approach is child-centred and respectful to both parents and their children with absolutely no judgement. Find out about our 9-week Autism Parental Stress Relief Program below for more information.
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Finally, a program that helps both parents and their autistic child reduce stress and improve their mental health.
Suitable for parents of autistic children aged three years right into adulthood.
28 Day program.
Heart-brain science that teaches you to calm the nervous system and retrain the brain into calmer parenting. Awakening the Peaceful Parent Within is much more than a parenting program. Peaceful parenting will become the natural result as you transform your inner world. It will change all your relationships, your work, how you set and achieve goals and how you enjoy your life.
28 Day Challenge
How to stop anger, impatience and frustration from dominating your relationship with your children! Do you end your days feeling guilty and ashamed for yelling, smacking, over-reacting or being mean to your children? Are you ready to stop beating yourself up over getting angry every day and take action to change?
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Our Happy Parents
This is the third, possibly fourth time I have enjoyed the start of the program. I tend to get a little further each time. Our daughter experienced significant early childhood trauma and I am finding the material equally beneficial when dealing with her emotions as I am our son with ASD/ADHD. Next week we are welcoming a 15 month old into the house. We couldn’t have done it this time last year but course by course our house has become so much more happier and functional.
AMY – MUM & FOSTER CARER