Talking ASD and ADHD: Understanding Loss & Separation

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Helping parents & carers to respond to, and support with, the impact of difficult changes within your family

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Are you struggling with the emotional impact of loss, separation, divorce or bereavement within your family?

Do you want to help your child to manage their emotions when faced with change?

Perhaps you are about to face a difficult time within your family and need to know how to support your child through this?

Many families face difficult times such as divorce, separation and bereavement, and these issues can pose specific challenges for parents of children with ASD and/or ADHD.

Parents may be concerned about their child’s cognitive understanding as well as their ability to emotionally regulate when faced with a significant change in the family dynamic.

This is especially challenging when we know that children with ASD and/or ADHD often struggle to recognise other people's feelings and emotions as well as having difficulty expressing their own emotions.

Change is often a challenge for neurodiverse young people who need the comfort and security of routine and find it hard to cope in new or unfamiliar situations where they cannot predict what will happen next.

We know any changes in the day to day routine can be difficult to manage and young people may need much preparation and support.

"Because of these specific characteristics, people on the autistic spectrum face particular challenges when coping with bad news and change.” ( - Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education • Kingston University & St. George’s University of London)

Within our families, it can be incredibly hard to have to cope with upheaval, upset, loss and change, ourselves, as well as manage our children's challenging behaviour as they try to come to terms with these changes also.

With the uncertainty caused by Covid, emotions are magnified due the restrictions, social isolation and resulting emotional fallout of the pandemic, however, there are things that we can do that will make all the difference and we know that the smallest change in our approach can have a significant affect on everyone.

Based on our CAN Parent accredited Understanding Challenging Behaviour in your child with Additional Needs course, we have developed this two hour workshop that will help you to understand what is happening for your child and what you can do about it.

Run by highly experienced facilitators, counsellors and parenting practitioners, this online workshop will help parents with

  • The impact that separation, divorce or bereavement has on children with ASD/ADHD
  • Responding to the fall out - the emotions and the behaviour.
  • Preparing for the difficult conversations with your child
  • How to deliver ‘bad news’
  • Preparing your child for change
  • Managing your own difficult feelings and helping your children to manage theirs
  • Where to access further help and support, both locally and nationally.

Previous attendees have said:

“This workshop was so helpful. These are tricky issues and the presentation style helped me to understand what is going on for my son and how I can use the ideas to make things more manageable for him. Thank you so much!"

“Very well explained, clear, concise and very practical. Helped me see how what is going on for us impacts on them, but without making me feel guilty.’’

The workshop will take place via Zoom and will incorporate a Q&A session.

The workshop consists of one 2 hour session to be held on Tuesday, 9th March and will take place online using Zoom. It will begin promptly at 7.30pm.

This workshop is provided free to parents by Herts County Council and it is open to all parents and carers of children aged 2-25 years old with suspected or diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who are living in Hertfordshire.

There are a limited number of places which are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Please only book a place if you will definitely be attending. We expect to be fully booked with a long waiting list.

Please be aware that a requirement of the funding for this workshop is that it is fully attended.

We appreciate that life happens, but if you book a place and are unable to attend, please let us know in good time, if possible. We will then be able to offer the place to someone on our waiting list who would otherwise miss out.

If you book a place and do not attend, we reserve the right not to accept a booking for future events.

Supporting Links is an independent company.

To ask a question or for more information contact Noushin Rahman-Blake, Supporting Links on 01442 300185 or email

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