Tools to reduce stress and improve wellbeing for your whole family.
Research shows that caregivers of children with additional needs experience continually elevated levels of stress, greater than levels experienced by parents of neurotypical children.
We know there are many long-term effects of chronic stress – on our physical, emotional and mental health. As well as affecting our general mood and physical wellbeing, it has been shown to decrease the quality of our relationships and family life.
In addition, Autism experts such as Tony Attwood and Mona Delahooke stress the importance of caregivers being able to regulate themselves, to have a positive impact on the child they are with. Neuro-divergent children are particularly sensitive to “catching” negative states off others.
Mindful Parenting Course
Mindfulness to support you feeling calmer, balanced and less stressed, so you can continue to support those you care for.
The Mindful Parenting Course is an evidence-based 8-week mindfulness programme developed for parents living with children with additional needs such as Autism and ADHD.
The programme is adapted from the highly regarded Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and is grounded in scientific research with proven results in helping parents reduce stress, while also increasing self-compassion, well-being and connection with their children.
Studies on parents of children with Autism and ADHD who completed a Mindful Parenting Course showed not only decreased parenting stress but also a reduction in problem behaviours for their children compared with those in the wait list-control groups. After the training, parents reported significantly less depression and more satisfaction with life in general.
Please see research studies references at the bottom of the page.
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What we offer
Over 40 years of research demonstrates that participants can experience real and lasting changes from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses. This course – specifically for caregivers of individuals with Autism and ADHD – is run by Hannah Saulbrey Ross, a counsellor, parent of a child with Autism and ADHD and a Registered MBSR teacher. The aims of the course are to:
Increase self compassion and resilience
Take better care of yourself and bounce back quicker.
Physically & psychologically:
A lasting decrease in symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and chronic stress.
Increased ease and balance that positively affects the children we are with each day.
Achieve wellbeing and balance
I thoroughly recommend Hannah’s Mindful Parenting Course. As a mother of an adolescent daughter with ADHD, I found the course informative, practical and therapeutic in navigating the not inconsiderable stresses that exist alongside the many positive aspects of parenting a neurodiverse child. I have been able to implement parenting strategies along with self-care, something I had overlooked in the past, but, has enhanced my parenting skills, and, therefore, strengthened my connection with my daughter. Thank you, Hannah.
Mindful parenting was recommended to me to assist with stress management and support my sleep. Throughout the course I have developed valuable skills in learning how to pause (easier said than done with two differently wired children!), so I may respond rather than just react in challenging parenting situations. I found Hannah’s warm and engaging teaching style has really helped me to remember self compassion in the difficult parenting moments
Mindful Parenting for Autism and ADHD Course
Dates: TBC - 2022
With Hannah Saulbrey Ross
Dates and time to be confirmed
Mindful Parenting is an intensive 8-week course, including over 20 hours of instruction and coaching on mindfulness.
We ask that participants make a commitment to daily practice of 20-40mins between sessions. We appreciate that it’s often difficult to carve out extra time for something new in lives that are already very busy and crowded. However, the commitment to spend time in between the sessions will mean that you will gain the maximum benefit from the course.
In the event of a Covid related lockdown, classes will be moved to online zoom sessions.
To begin your enrolment or register your interest in the course, please provide your details below.
Bitsika, V., & Sharpley, C.F. (2004). Stress, anxiety and depression among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 14(2), 151-161.
Bogels, S. M., Lehtonen, A., & Restifo, K. (2010). Mindfulness parenting in mental health care. Mindfulness, 1, 107,120.
Bogels, S., Restifo, K. (2013). Mindful Parenting: A guide for Mental Health Practitioners. New York, N.Y: Springer
Neece, C. (2013). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for parents of young children with developmental delays: Implications for parental mental health and child behaviour problems. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi:10.1111/jar.12064.
Neff, K. D. (2009). The role of self-compassion in development: A healthier way to relate to oneself. Human Development, 52(4), 211-214.
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