Additional Needs Support Programs
Being a parent is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. But being the parent of a child with additional needs is another level entirely. Maybe your child is on the autism spectrum, has learning or behavioural difficulties, mental health issues, chronic illness or any number of physical or psychological problems. Maybe that additional need is visible, or perhaps it is invisible. Regardless of the specifics, the result is the same: your time and energy is devoted to their needs, often to the point of exhaustion.
As a parent of an additional needs child myself, I understand how difficult it gets. But I have found ways to make every day a little easier, using NLP techniques. We believe that with a change of mind-set comes a change of lifestyle, and this is the knowledge we’re passionate about sharing.
How Can You Make A Change?
Recognise that self-care is important not only for you, but for your entire family.
It’s so easy to forget about our own needs when we have children to take care of. But when we are running on empty, it’s impossible to give optimal care to those around us. It may seem impossible, but prioritise five minutes of quiet time for yourself every day. This is time when you can take a few deep breaths and evaluate where you are at. It’s good to try and bring some perspective into what you’re experiencing. Will this still affect me tomorrow, next week, next month? Where am I now, and where do I need to be? What do I want and what steps are required to get there?
Caring for a child with additional needs can be incredibly isolating. Rushing from task to task, appointment to appointment, doesn’t leave much time for socialising or networking. You may have a partner and yet feel like you’re single for all the time you spend together. Or you may be a single parent, who is doing the work of three people. The last thing on your mind is making friends. But if you don’t have time to connecting with others, consider joining a Facebook group or other support network. You may not have the time to be involved, but just getting notifications or emails is a reminder that you are part of something bigger. Subscribe to our blog, where we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening, including FREE upcoming KeastCo support groups.
Remember that you are not alone.
There are many emotions involved with having additional needs children, and those feelings can include guilt and shame. Some parents feel embarrassed to discuss their child’s differences, or simply avoid the difficulty of social interactions entirely. But whether your peers know the diagnosis or not, it is important to remember that your day is still the same. You are still the one driving back and forth and managing a convoluted home life. It’s your decision whether or not to talk about your child’s diagnosis, their quirky needs or unusual behaviour. But that decision to share should be for you and your child, and not based on what other people might think.
Sharing a diagnosis can benefit you and your child.
Why we do this
When Kaden was born, we were over the moon. With a rough entry into the world and some hiccups along the way (hip dysplasia and jaundice, to name a few), we made it to six months old before we started noticing something wasn’t quite right. At this point, it became clear that our little boy was different. He wasn’t hitting developmental milestones and was falling off the growth chart predictions. It was our first glimpse into a series of issues that would continue to affect our boy. If you’d like to read the full story, check out the blog post.
As life went on, we quickly understood that having a child with additional needs means that many everyday activities are a little bit different to other family’s experiences. Each day brings new challenges that we, as a family, have to negotiate. As an NLP practitioner, I have been able to utilise my knowledge to my advantage. When things seemed too much, I have been able to step back, evaluate and make changes that allowed me to continue to love my child for who he is.
After meeting other parents with additional needs children, I realised that there are so many parents out there who are struggling with the same difficulties that I have been (and am still) going through. I decided to make a program specifically catered to those parents, so I can give them the help they really need.
About Our Programs
All our additional needs support programs are designed for parents with additional needs children. We want you to feel supported in your life and be able to change unhelpful mind-sets and habits. Key elements of this are fostering emotional release, and building mental fitness. All our programs start with an initial telephone consult, where we will get to know you and your child, and talk through what path is best for you and your family. This path can involve a home visit, on-going strategies, workshops and follow-up consultations.
In these facilitated workshops, meet other parents with additional needs children as we examine a variety of topics. During these workshops, you will be invited to share your input or simply follow along, while we look at new techniques to tackle familiar problems.
One On One Coaching
Once we have learnt about your situation, we can go in-depth into what behaviours are making your life difficult, and how to change them. Looking at your circumstances, we build a session plan based on your outcomes, and make sure to consider all aspects of your life. This is an intensive experience that will give you ongoing solutions for you to implement.
Book A Call
Before we get started, let’s have a chat!
By scheduling in a call, it’s a chance for us to share our stories and experiences. In this 45-minute chat, we will discuss your background and your family situation. We will then run through a typical day for you, identifying what your biggest difficulties are.
From there we can work out three simple strategies that you can adopt to make your day run more smoothly. This is a great way to re-introduce some much needed self-care back into your life.
While these calls are usually valued at $150, we offer the first one for free. We know how hard it is to reach out and set aside the time for yourself, so we really want to make that help accessible to as many people as possible. Book in a call to start your journey.
How does NLP work?
Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP, is a methodology that enables individuals to unlock their potential and reach their goals. It works off the idea that we experience the world in a subjective way, and that our sensory experience is affected by our state of mind. Therefore, if we can adjust damaging perspectives, we can be happier in ourselves and our lives. NLP techniques are varied and often involve questionnaires, conversations and associative work.
What will I get out of a session?
Starting from the telephone consult, NLP is a great opportunity to re-evaluate where you’re at. We enable you to gain perspective on your current issues, and give you actionable strategies that can make your day-to-day life less stressful and more rewarding. As well as that, speaking honestly with someone who understands what you are going through can be a welcome emotional release. Our programs incorporate a variety of methodologies and teachings, so you get a range of powerful techniques that will give you clarity, empowerment and choice.
What kind of help do parents like me ask for?
As a parent of an additional needs child, goals are often varied and can include things like ‘get through dinner without an argument’, ‘be more organised and less stressed’, ‘keep my cool without getting mad at others’, ‘enjoy my life instead of being scared of the future’. To an outsider, these might seem like basic targets, but for the parent of an additional needs child, it can seem impossible. NLP can give you new strategies that enable you to work through these old difficulties in new ways.
What can NLP help me with?
The tools and techniques we are trained in are proven to get results and create change. Some issues that we can help address include: anxiety, depression, stress, negative thinking, conflict and decision making. The benefits are ongoing, and have a flow on affect into other areas of your life.
How long does it last?
The initial telephone consult takes around 45 minutes. The workshops run for 1-2 hours and the one-on-one coaching can last from 1-3 hours (or over a period of weeks) depending on your needs. NLP is very much about you implementing the changes, and the consultations are the facilitation.
What is the next step?
To find out more about our sessions, or to simply see if it’s something that works for you, book a free telephone consultation. We organise a time that is suitable for you, and have a chat about your experiences as the parent of an additional needs child.