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Parenting in Challenging Times

As our reality changes with coronavirus, our parenting is being challenged on every level. It’s important to find our feet and find our calm so that we can be the emotional anchor for our children.

We may need to fine-tune, re-visit or skill-up on our parenting strategies as our families become isolated from community and cut off from support services 

Most of all we need a different kind of support now, one that recognises our need for connection and appreciation for everything we do. One that allows us to express our frustrations and our fears in a safe place so that we can think clearly and listen to our children.

This page is dedicated to supporting parents with neurodivergent children and young people and anyone who feels in need of extra support with their children at this time

Videos on FB

Focus on helping our children feel safe and connected by tuning into our Facebook lives on SEND Family Connections called “Recovering Our Children” 

Laura’s Listening Circle

Share listening time with another mum in this safe online space with Laura. When you are deeply heard by another person, without judgement or advice, it’s amazing how this can help you find your calm and re-connect to your inner resources. Contact Laura for details to this closed group currently offered as a FREE service.

Family Support During covid

A Social Emotional Package for families with children and young people with an EHCP for use with Direct Payments specifically during the covid crisis and for any family challenged by the covid crisis

Support for Allied Health Professionals

For colleagues who are learning new skills in telehealth, working from home and managing a demanding family. Focus on re-claiming your sanity so you can think clearly and make good choices. Join Laura’s Listening Circle or arrange for some supervision.

Tips for Raising Children During covid

As parents we have our own concerns and fears the current COVID crisis but how much should we share with our children and young people? Where do our responsibilities lie with regard to keeping our children safe while at the same time protecting them from certain information?

Mini guide for parenting with connection in mind


Children are under the protection of their families. We have a responsibility to keep them safe from information that may terrify them or trigger them if they are not able to deal with it. That's why we have ratings on films. 

So we have to judge what is relevant and appropriate for our children to be exposed to or discussed with them.


We are often over-eager to share our agenda with our children. As parents, we are often stressed and in a rush which leads to us being reactive and impulsive in our thoughts and actions. 

So it’s good to be aware of what we are sharing with our children or within their earshot and consider whether it is actually our stuff.


Children are emotional sponges. They pick up on our thoughts and feelings and it has an impact on them. They need to feel safe and secure and they do this in part by co-regulating with us. 

So when we’re talking about coronavirus it’s important not to get too excited or too upset and stay self-regulated. Children thrive on joy and calm.


Children do best when led by a caring alpha parent. They need to know who is in charge. They can adapt to changing circumstances as long as they feel well held.

Try to be mindful to show your children that you can handle it and you will get through it. 

For advice and support in parenting with connection in mind, contact Laura Newman at SEND Family Connections