Parents caring for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in west Norfolk have been invited to get vital help and advice at a dedicated monthly support group.
Run jointly by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), the group is open to anyone in the Kings Lynn area who has a child with ADHD and is receiving care from either trust. Informal and welcoming, it gives people the chance to raise any issues they are facing so that others can share advice and tips for managing behaviour.
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in the UK, affecting an estimated 2 to 5% of school aged children and young people. It causes symptoms such as a short attention span or being easily distracted, restlessness, constant fidgeting, over-activity and being impulsive.
Although it can have a big impact on people’s lives, the right coping mechanisms and support can make a huge difference by helping those living with the condition to balance their behaviour.
The support group gives people the chance to discuss these strategies, as well as getting advice from others facing similar problems.
David Swain, Mental Health Practitioner with NSFT’s Child, Family and Young Persons Service, said: “The group is very informal and designed to respond to the needs of those who attend. We encourage anyone to raise any issues they may be facing so that others can share solutions which have worked for them. In the past, we’ve talked about everything from difficulties at school or preparing for the summer holidays to specific behavioural issues. “We’ve had some really good feedback so far with parents telling us the group helps them realise they are not alone while giving valuable advice for managing challenging behaviour. We’re now keen for more people to come along so that they can benefit from the help the group provides.”
Both NSFT and NCH&C provide ADHD services. NCH&C is responsible for most children aged up to 19, while more complex cases are referred to NSFT.
Richard Gilham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for NCH&C said: “We know that caring for a child with ADHD can present real challenges to parents, carers and families. Being able to meet with others in a similar position can be very supportive and can provide opportunities to share ideas and successes.
“I’m sure that if this group proves popular with families, other similar groups can be developed in other parts of the country.” The next three groups will be held at Park View Resource Centre, Birch Tree Close, Kings Lynn, on:
• Wednesday 7 September • Friday 7 October • Friday 11 November
They all take place between 10am and 12 noon. Anyone caring for a child or young person with ADHD who is receiving care from NSFT or NCH&C is welcome to attend. Please note there is limited parking at the site.