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New summer E-PAts courses for parents

A new FREE eight-session group that helps families who have a child with a learning disability, global development delay or autism aged 0-5.

Posted Tuesday, 17th March 2020

STARTING on April 28, the new eight-session group will be held on TUESDAYS (with a break for half-term end of May) at Sandgate School, Sandylands Road, Kendal, LA9 6JG. First meeting meet 9.30 to 10am start, other sessions from 10am to 12.30pm. Last session on June 23.

E-PAtS is a FREE session group that provides sensitive support and information for families in the early years. A trained family caregiver and professional facilitate all groups. Areas covered include supporting sleep for children; supporting skills development; positive approaches to behaviours that challenge; emotional wellbeing and resilience for caregivers.

You don't have to worry about your child not having had a formal diagnosis yet - this course is still for you. And you will never be judged or told what to do.

If you would like to find out more about how you can take part, or have any concerns about the time or date, please contact NICOLA on 01229 404693.

Carlisle Mencap has been right at the forefront of EPAtS – Early Positive Approaches to Support – which has the full support of the NHS and is set to be rolled out nationwide.

EPAtS sees parents of children, aged from a few weeks to five, come together in a group with trained tutors to learn practical strategies over a period of seven or eight weeks to help them with their child’s development and identify their needs.

The scheme followed a seven-year study that went into the E-PAtS programme by the universities of Kent (Tizard Centre) and Warwick along with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and Cerebra, the charity for brain-injured children.

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