Following diagnosis, parent/carers have many feelings and thoughts and conflicting emotions. No two people are the same, but some of the common themes we often hear include:
- Relief that this is not something we parents/carers have done wrong.
- Relief, that there may be some help for you and or your child.
- Questions about what it will mean for your child.
- Questions about what it will mean for you as parents and any other children
- Sadness, at the loss of the future you may not even have been aware you expected for your child.
- Anger, about people who thought your parenting was causing your child’s behaviour or people who have treated you, or your child, badly.
- Fear for the future
- Vindication – people did not take your concerns seriously.
- Confusion about what to do next.
- There must be some mistake.
Who are we?
- Juli Atkinson from Bexley NAS (the local branch of the National Autistic Society) who has a son on the Autism spectrum and
- Karen Upton an ex GP and also a relative of some who are on the spectrum and trustee of Q4 Access(small charity aiming to improve access to education and employment in the digital technology, for those with social communication differences)
When and where?
The workshops will be held as follows:
- Thursday 16th November (7.30 – 9.30pm) – Christ Church Sidcup Fellowship rooms, Main Road, Sidcup – opposite the Horse and Groom Public House.
- Wednesday 24 January 2018 (10.30am to 12.30pm) - The Learning Centre Bexley, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath.
- Wednesday 7 March 2018 (7.15pm to 9.15pm) - The Learning Centre Bexley, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath.
What happens next?
If you are interested in attending our workshop, please email Karen@Q4access.org to request further information or complete the on-line form below.