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Group offers ADHD, autism, advice

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 06 July 2010

A NEW support group has been set up in Lowestoft for parents of children with autism or ADHD.

The aim of the new group - which meets for the first time next week - is to offer support and advice, and provide a social network for mums and dads where they can meet parents with similar concerns.

A NEW support group has been set up in Lowestoft for parents of children with autism or ADHD.

The aim of the new group - which meets for the first time next week - is to offer support and advice, and provide a social network for mums and dads where they can meet parents with similar concerns.

The group is the idea of Becky Chamberlain, of St John Street, Lowestoft, who moved to the town from Birmingham, having been closely involved with a similar group there.

She has personal experience of the problems faced by parents, as her own 13-year-old son has Aspergers Syndrome (form of autism) and ADHD. “He is on medication and presents some challenging behaviour at times,” Becky said. “He has issues with diet and understanding the world around him and it helps me to talk about this, so I feel others would definitely benefit from a parent support group.”

She added: “I am amazed that there was very little in place for parents and the understanding of this wide and well-known condition was sparse. There are many ways of getting help, financially, education, medication, diet, behaviour etc… We try to offer advice where we can.

“ADHD and autism are conditions that are often mistaken for 'naughty behaviour' or 'ignorance' in children and this is because it is not understood in the individual. I have numerous problems with education trying to persuade them that certain behaviours are the condition and not bad behaviour.”

The group is aimed at parents, grandparents or family members of children with or without a confirmed diagnosis of autism or ADHD. Professionals with expertise in dealing with the issues will also be present, and others are welcome to attend. Refreshments are available.

The first meeting is at the Kirkley Centre in London Road South on Thursday from 6.30pm-8.30pm. Further meetings will be held every third Thursday of the month.

Contact Becky on 07793 545487 for more information.

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