Working together to overcome the challenges of disability
We’ve been supporting children with motor disorders and their parents in Nottinghamshire since 1981. Over the last 30 years, we’ve helped hundreds of children with all kinds of disabilities to thrive and start living a more fulfilling life with their parents.
Here are just a few of their inspirational stories.
Estelle and her son, Gideon
During Gideon’s time at School for Parents, he has changed from someone who couldn’t do anything except sit to an active 4 year old who can run and jump. We have especially enjoyed the swimming sessions and Gideon loves being in the water. The structured sessions have taught me how to push Gideon's development, but also how to make it appropriate to his style of learning to give him the best possible start at school.
Caroline and her son, Logan
Being born so early comes with many risks and for Logan that meant a small bleed on the brain, a bleed so small but with huge complications. Caring for a child with additional and complex needs can be very tough and, at times, we have felt helpless, lonely and isolated.
Michele and her son, Joshua
During Joshua’s time at School for Parents, I found a support system that was honest, able to understand our problems and was there for us whenever we needed it. It was helpful to meet other parents with the same worries and fears as us – this didn’t solve the problems we were facing, but it did remind us we weren’t alone.
Jacqueline and her son, Scott
At just 3 days old, Scott was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and very low muscle tone. I was devastated by his diagnosis but vowed I would do my best to give him every opportunity to reach his full potential.
Donna and her daughter, Daisy
Daisy’s condition means she has a learning disability and delay as well as physical problems with her movement and fine and gross motor skills. We first went to School for Parents in the hope of finding support, advice and training to help us aid Daisy with all aspects of her physical and mental learning.
Amy and her son, Harrison
We’ve now been attending School for Parents for more than 14 months and we’ve seen a huge and positive change in Harrison’s development. For the first 10 months of his life, he lay on his back doing nothing, but within four months of starting at School for Parents he had started to roll over!
The staff help you to achieve your goals – and you will, if you work at it. They help you get on in life. I enjoy it at School for Parents. Most of all, it makes me feel proud of who I am.
Brandon, aged 12, pupil
I know for a fact that if School for Parents hadn’t taught me how to perform passive moves on my daughter's limbs and joints, she would certainly have needed surgery by now to correct contractures.
School for Parents will help you find a way to work with your child by using their experience to solve problems in ways you may never have thought off.
The instruction, advice and support we receive from School for Parents has given us the confidence, knowledge and direction to help Sophie achieve her best at home and out in the wider world. We don’t know where we’d be without it. Thank you.
Tim & Lynda, parents
Having the opportunity to meet other parents going through similar experiences on a weekly basis means I feel supported and less isolated in dealing with Gideon's Down syndrome. I've also made some great friends. Thank you.
I feel so grateful to School for Parents for everything they did for Holly. They provided a vital role in the pre-school years. The staff members were absolutely fantastic with the children and as a parent, I always felt ‘looked after’.
We don't know what we would have done without School for Parents. It's a fantastic place for children with various needs and we can't praise all the staff and what they do enough.
Andrew & Alex, parents
School for Parents has given us hope. We came for a visit and have never looked back. I was excited and relieved to find a service that offered hope and support, where my son wasn't going to be the odd one out.
School for Parents is the only place where I feel supported as a single parent of a child with a disability. I would say to other parents…Go and see for yourself!
To see your little one blossoming in front of your eyes is a very rewarding experience, especially in the context of parents' initial worries and fears about their child's growth and development.
When our son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy we were told he would never walk – today he came 4th in his school's sports day race! We can't thank School for Parents enough for everything they have done to support us.
Chris and Katie, parents
Are you a parent with a disabled child?
If you’re concerned about your child’s mobility or communications skills, or if your child has already been diagnosed with an impairment, you’re not alone. School for Parents is here to help. Click here to find out how we’ve helped other parents and their children.
We operate an ‘open door’ policy and as a parent, you’re welcome to complete and submit referral and pre-assessment forms for your child via our Contact page.