Support in a safe, private and confidential group

Led by parents, for parents of children with behaviour that challenges.

CBS is a parent led not for profit organisation, providing early intervention and long-term support for parents.  We started in 2014 when a few parents came together, after struggling to find the support they needed for their children, who were diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Bringing up children is challenging for all parents, however it’s difficult to imagine the reality of coping with a child with additional needs. Each day brings new challenges, even simple tasks such as washing and dressing can present serious obstacles, which frustrate, delay and upset the equilibrium.

Children grow quickly and each age brings different challenges, particularly with a child whose brain is not keeping up with their physical development. For parents of children with behaviours that challenge it can be physically, emotionally and mentally draining 24/7.

We provide a wide range of programmes tailored to help parents navigate the challenges they face and achieve a better quality of life for themselves, their children and their family.

Our aims

  • Improve mental health for parent/carers and their children
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve emotional well-being
  • Increase resilience & coping mechanisms
  • Empower parents
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduce isolation & stigma

Statistics

  • In Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) 720 children are diagnosed with ASD
  • 265 are diagnosed with ADHD, comparably the highest and second highest respectively in Wales.
  • Statistics also show that 9.4% of all additional learning needs fall within the RCT boundary.

These figures are those diagnosed, with many more families left struggling to navigate the diagnosis process.

Research shows that parent carers of children with Additional Learning Needs, in particular ASD and ADHD, experience increased levels of stress, anxiety, depression and poorer physical health.  This is proven to lead to a decreased health-related quality of life in comparison with parents of neuro typical children or children with other disabilities.

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We have a closed Facebook Group which acts as a safe space for discussion and mutual support. We have around 1,400 members.