Profound learning difficulties targeted by support group
AN ICKENHAM mum is launching a support group for Hillingdon families of children with learning difficulties.
Kam Parmar came up with the idea ‘Let’s Talk’, to fill the gap for families and carers of young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and young people with severe learning difficulties (SLD) from birth to 25 years old.
Mother-of-two Ms Parmar, who has an 18year-old daughter with profound learning disabilities, got talking to other parents when her daughter went through a ‘poorly stage’ last year.
She said she realised there was nothing specifically for parents of children with learning difficulties.
Ms Parmar added: “Parents can help each other out and we can get guest speakers involved such as dieticians, community nurses, therapists, who have all offered to do this if that’s what people want.
“We all sometimes need a rant and feel low and sometimes there’s no one we can talk to that really understands what we go through.”
The first session, on Saturday between 10am and noon, will be an informal meet-up to find out what parents would like from the group.
The aim of the group is to provide an opportunity for parents and carers to share experiences, provide a break for parents and carers, to promote a greater understanding of people with PMLD/SLD. There will also be a range of activities for the children and young people to take part in.
Sessions will be held on the first Saturday of every month from 10am until noon at Uxbridge College Children’s Centre, College Way, Coldharbour Hayes UB3 3BB.
For further information, or to find out when the group is next meeting, contact Kam Parmar on 07984 086 656 or email letstalkhillingdon@ gmail.com.