Pro­found learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties tar­geted by sup­port group

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Lane,

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