Throughout August we will be running some evening and daytime workshops where we will be exploring the Councils ‘Local Offer’ together. Ideally these needs to be booked in advance, however feel free to just pop in if no time to book! Dates, venues and times are as follows:
Are you a working carer? Looking after dependents and working can be a real challenge.
Knowing your rights can help you combine paid work and caring for your child. And charity Working Families has set up ‘Waving not drowning’ – a dedicated network and advice service for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work. Continue reading “Working and caring: know your rights”
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)- help for Cambridgeshire parents
Is your son or daughter approaching 16? If they already receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefit, they will soon be invited to apply for PIP. Here are some useful pointers and information from the Pinpoint PIP session held in September 2017 for our Preparing for Adulthood Group.
Good communication is good for everyone. And if you’re a parent of a child with additional needs, you are likely to be attending extra meetings with professionals – which can be extremely stressful.
1. Be prepared
Make a checklist of what you want/need for your family
2. Go with someone
If possible, take a friend with you for support. While you talk, they can listen and write down a summary of what was discussed and any action points.
3. Stay calm
Try not to tense and stress while you’re having a conversation. If you feel overwhelmed, take a minute and regroup.
Think about the body signals you’re sending. If we don’t like what’s being said, we can cross arms, avoid eye contact and tap fingers or feet but these signals can make the other person defensive.
4. Listen and engage
Really concentrate on the person talking. Hear them out instead of thinking about what you’re going to say next.
Even if you disagree with their view, try to connect and understand rather than criticise.
Ask questions so that you understand what’s being said and what’s doing to happen next. If something seems hard to understand or complicated, ask for it to be explained again or simplified. Simple, plain English is best, so ask for any jargon or terms to be explained.
5. Speak clearly and make a point at a time
Try to keep your request or response brief and do it a point at a time. This makes it clearer for the other person to understand what you want and to stay interested in what you are saying.
5. Miles apart or is there middle ground?
Are you ready to compromise? Or will you agree to disagree? Finding a middle ground can be a good outcome. But accept that there are times when you may end up poles apart.
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