For Parents

With the focus on supporting your children, it’s easy to forget the help you might need too. That is why we created Pathways, our bespoke programs to support you: the parent.

Our Pathways guide you to not only the best help for your child or adolescent, but also the help you need, as a parent and as a family.

Getting the help and support you and your family need will give you reassurance, and raise your confidence. This is key in helping you be best parent, you can be.

If you are confused on who is the best practitioner to help you, and where to start, use our “Who to See” Chart.

Post Diagnosis Support

Parents often express mixed feelings after their child is given a diagnosis: relief, shock, confusion, and denial are common reactions.

After a few days or weeks with the diagnosis sinking in, there comes the question: What does this mean to my child and family?


Explore our Pathways below to choose what is best for your family.

A session with Nina Stovold, social worker and family practitioner, who can help you make sense of the report, the label, and the recommended treatment options.


Following this session you will

  1. Understand the diagnosis in real terms
  2. Feel more empowered on how your child and your family might be affected
  3. Know what the next steps need to be

A family therapy session with one of our family therapists Anastassis Spiliadis or Marsha Myers where the entire family meet to know what the diagnosis means.


Following this session you will

  1. Understand each family member’s feelings about the diagnosis
  2. Manage everyone’s expectations
  3. Know how to move forward with the diagnosis and the possible impact on each family member

A coaching session with Clare Norman our Parent & Well-being Coach to help you to identify what is and is not working for you and how to adapt your mind-set so that you feel confident and positive.


Following this session you will have

  1. Explored your feelings and thoughts about the situation at home including the diagnosis.
  2. Established next steps for you to focus on your own wellbeing to be in the best place to support your family.


If you suspect your child has ASD or you have a formal diagnosis of ASD then you will need a lot of input and support.

In addition to all the pathways of “Post Diagnosis Support” we have a dedicated parent support worker for ASD: Emma Berou.

Emma offers support during or post diagnosis exploring the common challenges ASD can present and identifying areas of support that would be helpful for the child/young person and family.

Emma Berou

Sessions with Emma can help you explore the specific profile of your child’s needs to tailor individual support these include

      1. Parent Support:
        • Things to put in place
      2. School Support
        • Know the extra support that your school can offer your child
        • Explore whether your child’s school is the best fit for them
        • Emma can liaise with your child’s school directly to put the different support in place
      3. How to Survive dinners, holidays, etc.
        • With children with ASD, family activities that might seem everyday for some families, can be very challenging. Emma offers specific support for surviving and even enjoying these situations. These sessions helps you develop plans specific to your family situation on how to prepare for and enjoy different situations
      4. Practical resources to make the home life easier
        • Emma can create bespoke resources such as visual timetables, reward charts, and social stories that can help your child to make sense of their world and give you practical tools to help your child.
      5. Signposting local provision
        • There are lots of local help to be accessed but finding your way through a lot of information can be daunting. Emma is able to signpost provision in your area that might be suitable for your family.


Managing Challenging Behaviours and Transitions

Nina Stovold

Book a session with Nina Stovold, our social worker and family practitioner, on managing difficult behaviours and transitions, including

  • Non-attendance at School
  • Impact of difficult transitions including new school, divorce, new sibling



Parenting and Taking Care of Yourself

Managing your own stress as a parent, anxiety related to your situation and accepting things maybe different to what you had planned, can all lead parents to a place of overwhelm. If we do not take care of our own well-being we cannot take care of others. is important to balance the demands of your family alongside your own well-being and peace of mind. It is possible to find happiness and joy and thrive as a parent of a child with additional needs.

Coaching with Clare

Coaching with Clare Norman our Parent & Well-being Coach can help you through all of the above challenges. Reflexology takes this one step further to offer a complete mind and body overhaul which leaves you in a place of calm and reflection. Empowered with solutions rather than challenges.

Counselling with Nina

Nina Stovold, social worker and family practitioner, offers a space for emotional support for parents to offload and manage stress – this would be by way of talking therapy, counselling, helping you to problem solve and reflect, identify your strengths and build confidence in your parenting capacity, or where you feel you do not wish to burden family members/friends as is often the case.


Nina Stovold

1-2 sessions with Nina Stovold, social worker and family practitioner, to support you as a parent who would like advice around issues of adoption and fostering.

This might include discussions about what help may be available, problems and challenges, understanding the process and the emotional impact of adoption on families.

Nina can also provide advice and support for adoptive parents around the needs of adopted children, particularly in relation to challenging behaviours and the impact of trauma and attachment on children.

Who to see

Use our chart to see where to get started