In 2015 we arranged Parent Network meetings to share ideas about managing challenging behaviour. Parents who attended really appreciated the opportunity to meet, to find out more and to share in a supportive environment. In February this year (2016) we held another Parent Network meeting looking at Managing Effective Bedtime Routines. This included parents from both the Infant and Junior schools. We invited the school nurse and family support worker to share strategies and to encourage parents to share their success stories and their struggles. (And yes, there was cake!). This year we hosted a healthy eating workshop for parents looking particularly at encouraging healthy eating, understanding how children use food to control situations and ways to help encourage children to try new foods, particularly the ‘fussy’ eaters. This was well received and we hope to follow this up with a further meeting in September 17.
If you would be interested in an opportunity to be involved in this group, look out in the newsletter for details and do let Miss Lyon know about any other themes you would like to explore.
The DSPL ran a number of parent courses last year at St. Mary’s including one on Moving On to Secondary School for Parents of Children with SEND and another on Raising Self Esteem and Resilience in Children. The courses run by the DSPL are always heavily subscribed and highly recommended. Have a look at their website for the current programme.