We collaborate with you, without judgement or assumption, to ensure you feel comfortable and confident to discuss your parental concerns with us. Understanding each child, who may be on the autistic spectrum and is a unique individual with unique concerns, we have tailored our services to provide bespoke support to meet your needs as their parent.
The flexible format of our sessions allows you the freedom to discuss your child’s needs and offers the valuable time to reflect on your child’s challenges and successes as a family. We also run group courses for parents of children suffering with anxiety. We have found the group concept to work well, with parents learning from each other’s experiences, offering vital support to each other as well as helpful tips, practiced strategies and success stories.
Whichever approach you choose to follow, we ensure your child’s best interests are at the heart of all we do. We look at possible reasons for your child’s behaviour, while considering their additional needs, lifestyle and anxieties. In as much as we can, we help you to enter your child’s world to find the solution, seeing life through their eyes to gain better understanding of their feelings and experiences.
“Once you have one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism.” National Autistic Society
Bespoke Individual Support
Throughout our parenting support service, we would like to get to know you and your family as much or as little as you’d like us to. We do this to ensure we can offer helpful suggestions to improve your situation, so that you will feel listened to and valued.
Our one to one hourly sessions held in our room at Wainbridge House are designed to cater to both parent and child or the individual attending (as pre-arranged). Both parents are welcome to attend if desired, or a significant family member or friend if preferred.
A ‘challenging behaviour’ is individual to you, but simply put, if your child is showing behaviours which you are struggling to manage or understand, those behaviours can become challenging. We will work with you to find a solution for that behaviour which will work for you and your family.
Whilst we can work with you around any challenging behaviour, one of the unique features of Child Behaviour Solutions is that we work with your family, should your child be diagnosed with or shows traits of Autism. We understand each child is unique and will present differently from another child with an autism spectrum condition, and we advocate this in our bespoke sessions.
“Colette helped me understand what my child sees every day. It’s not how I see things, but I now get it!’ Parent of 6-year-old Autistic child.”
As well as our individual sessions, we also provide two parenting courses, both of which are two, one-hour sessions taught over six weeks. These are held at either our therapy rooms in Gloucester or can be held at a local venue near you, such as a school hall or community centre.
Each course can host up to ten parents, providing valuable connections and the possibility of friendships with parents facing similar issues. You may discuss your experiences, share your feelings and learn from one another, growing in confidence as a parent and individual. The qualified group facilitator will guide your sessions to ensure a safe and supportive space, while optimising session time by discussing relevant and helpful topics. Please contact us for details of the next available course running this year.
“I love working with parents, especially when the ‘light bulb moment’ happens.” Colette
If you feel you would benefit from attending either of these courses, please contact us for the most recent dates and syllabus information.
Parenting An Anxious Child
Anxiety is a mental, emotional, and physical condition which can affect people of all ages. If you suspect your child may be showing anxious behavioural traits which are concerning to you, it is vital not to let these symptoms go unchecked, as they may be significant in detecting an anxiety disorder.
Signs your child may be suffering with anxiety are excessive worry, problems sleeping or nightmares, a continued stomach ache, unreasonable fear of everything, shyness, avoidance of school or desire to stay home, perfectionism or compulsive behaviour.
Our course is designed to equip parents with the understanding, tools and skills they need to support their anxious child, covering the following topics:
- Anxiety explained
- Displayed behaviours
- Exploring emotions
- Understanding worry, fear and sadness
- Exploring worry
- Strategies to support your child
Confidence & Resilience
If your child has significant additional needs requiring continued professional help, perhaps their challenging behaviour has attracted the attention of a child support service, requiring you to continually evaluate your parenting. Regardless of the issue, it is natural to doubt your own ability to parent or feel as if you have ‘lost your voice’ in the frey.
We believe that you are the expert, your voice matters and you have the final say. You know your child more than anyone else, you’re with them daily and see their behaviour in every situation, so we value your input and respect your opinion.
We have designed this course specifically to support you as a parent. We aim to boost your confidence and self-esteem by arming you with the tools and skills you need to feel powerful and self-assured again. Perhaps you’ve never felt strong or happy with your ability to parent, that’s going to change!
This course will cover topics including:
- Exploring confidence
- Understanding yourself and others
- Understanding your thoughts
- Effective and assertive communication
- Increasing your self-belief
Colette Etheridge has over ten years’ experience as a parenting practitioner and a qualified counsellor in general practice, working with individual adults, children ages ten and over, and their families.
Colette is passionate about helping you through any confusion, anxiety or trauma you may be facing, your breakthrough is just as rewarding to her as it is to you.
Throughout your counselling process, Colette hopes to show you how to gain control of your life, as well as confidence in your own ability to parent and understand your child.
The Child Behaviour Services team offer a variety of bespoke services to suit your needs, whether you are a parent, carer or professional working with a child showing signs of autism, anxiety, issue yet to be diagnosed, or simply displaying challenging behaviour for unknown reasons.