Parent/Carer 2008 - 2011

Parents and facilitator in discussion at a Positive Partnerships workshop

Workshops 2008 - 2011

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Parent Testimonials

“I just want to send a very big thank you to the organisers and presenters of this week's workshop. As a direct result of the workshop, today I was able to open an exceedingly constructive and open dialogue with relevant people at my son's school, in relation to some major issues that have really been worrying us. Without the workshop input we might well have made an overly hasty decision to move my son out of mainstream school into a special education environment. I feel so relieved and much more optimistic now. The presenters at the workshop were so supportive and helpful. Many many thanks.”

“Can I also just say, the ….. workshop was brilliant and it is a credit to the team involved. It has given me a renewed sense of hope and confidence that has been a little lost over the last couple of years, particularly given my son's move into high school.”

“Yesterday I came feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Today I feel a totally different person, stronger, lighter. Now I know how to find support.”

“It was fantastic and we all got something out of it whether we were new to being a parent of a child with autism, or been at it a while. The workshop facilitators are a very experienced bunch. We were all given a comprehensive folder of information and some really useful practical tools to use.”

“I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for the past two days. The presentation was fantastic. You and the other staff did a great job, made everyone feel very welcome, and that we could speak about whatever we needed to discuss. You guys are going to touch lots of people, and make a difference to lots of families.”

“I have learnt that it is a combined effort. It is a 2 way street. For the partnership to work it is paramount that everyone communicates.”

“It was a great opportunity for families with a new diagnosis to come together, and realise that they are not alone and that there is a huge community that already exists to support them. Some parents never choose or have time to attend a support group so this might have been there only opportunity to experience this."

"For those families that have been around the system for years they were able to reminisce and reconnect with the community that some had not used for years.”

“I have learnt that a good I.E.P is more important than funding. And the resource folder will last me throughout secondary school.”

“Information is the key to bringing out the best in your children. Respect and recognition in positive and negative ways sets the same goal.”