PADDS – Parent Awareness of Developmental Delay

What is it?

PADDs is a group for parents and carers of children with a Developmental Delay aged 6 years or younger. It is run by a Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist.  It consists of 6 weekly sessions, each 2.5 hours in length.  The group is for parents who would like a greater understanding of what it means for their child to have a Developmental Delay and how to continue supporting their child.

The group provides the opportunity to meet other parents who also have a child with a global developmental delay.

The group covers things that may help to improve your child’s everyday life including supporting your child’s development, communication and behaviour. Support strategies are discussed to help your child and to ensure you take care of yourself too.

What does each session involve?

  • Each session will be 2.5 hours in length with a 15 minute break.

  • Each session provides a mix of the NHS Professionals sharing ideas to support families and an opportunity for individuals to talk and share personal experiences.

  • Courses are currently being run online.

  • The slides presented will be sent out by email after each session

How will this help me?

  • Support to increase your understanding of your child’s Developmental Delay

  • Social supports – peer learning opportunities, reassurance and empathy

  • Gives you the opportunity to share experiences and problem solve with other parents

  • You can attend with another parent or carer (grandparent/friend) to consider your child’s needs together

Course Content

What is Developmental Delay?

This session looks at what it means to have a Developmental Delay.  We also consider the impact of your child’s developmental delay on the family and how to look after yourself and your child.

How children develop and how to support them

This session looks at typical and delayed development and identifying your child’s strengths.  The session also covers ideas to develop your child’s skills and routines at home.

Communication

This session looks at how your child develops language and communication.  We also consider how to support communication using different strategies including reducing our language and using visual supports.

Sensory Sensitivities and Anxiety

This session considers how your child experiences the sensory world and considers how to understand and respond to anxiety

Understanding Behaviour and Positive Parenting

This session explores the underlying meaning of behaviour and focuses on positive interactions with your child using attention, play and praise.

Sleep, Siblings and Summary

This session considers how to support a good sleep routine and the impact on siblings and how to support them as they grow alongside their sibling with a developmental delay.

Do you want to participate in the PADDs online course?

All of the applications will be reviewed by our team to check your child is suitable for the group.
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