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Our Experience of getting a hair cut

In his primary school years he hated getting his haircut, he knew that if he let it grow he could hide behind his fringe as if nobody could see him and also he wouldn’t have to give eye contact, the teacher would ask me to get it cut, say that he was using his long fringe to hide behind, he was under so much anxiety and sensory issues we couldn’t find a solution as quick as that.

Until 1 day I managed to get him to agree a mobile hairdresser coming to the house, he could feel more comfortable in our own home, sit and play his Xbox to take his mind off his hair being cut, when I knew it was nearly finished I would put the shower on and his pyjamas ready, so when haircut finished he could go shower to feel clean again and get rid of that prickly itchy feeling.

Unfortunately a few years later and now high school age, The hairdresser left without warning, back to square 1, how are we going to find another solution, it’s not just as easy to find a new mobile hairdresser as he can be socially awkward especially around new people,ok we came to a compromise, we would try the local hairdressers which is only 2 minutes’ walk from our house, we made an appointment wrote it on the calendar so he could see and count the days down, we had a very understanding barber who would let him wear his headphones to watch and listen to utube on his mobile phone, this means he doesn’t have to talk to anybody and not listen to all the noises going on, luckily his hair doesn’t take long to shave, as soon as we get home, I have to put the shower on and pyjamas ready, then he wants the cleaner on yes Henry the Hoover with the soft brush on the end to Hoover his neck and head, then he strips off and goes into shower, I know it seems odd, but this is what works for him, so this is how we survive haircuts and this is how it is every 6 to 8 weeks, with the appointment on the same day and time and done exactly the same as a routine.

How we helpOur Programmes

For Parents

Early bird teen life programme

Teen Life is a six-session programme for parents/carers of young people aged 10 to 16 years on the autism spectrum.

Programmes are run for up to six families at a time. Each family is allocated three places on the Teen Life programme: two for parents or carers and one for an accompanying professional.

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For Parents

Nurture programme: parenting puzzles

The programme is intended to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships and to inspire positive changes.

The 10-week Nurturing Programme is effective in universal settings and is also used by practitioners to deliver targeted support as part of specialist interventions such as: working with parents in prison, and parents whose children have special needs

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For Parents

Lego based therapy

Lego Based Therapy is a Social development programme for children with ASD and related conditions such as ADHD. It is now used in school settings and is often recommended by professionals as an intervention for children with social communication needs.

We have a 2 week programme to train parents to be able to use Lego Based Therapy at home with their children.

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For Parents

Parent & carer wellbeing programme

Most parents put the needs of their child first.  Parents of children with Additional Needs have even less time and energy to focus on their own physical and mental health & wellbeing.

CBS aim to shine the light on parental mental health and alleviate some of the problems by offering parent led respite activities, specialised counselling and wellbeing workshops, such as, relaxation techniques, yoga and mindfulness addressing stress and anxiety.

Parents’ Guide to the Galaxy – A six week long series of workshops and information sessions to encourage parental self-care and emotional well-being.

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For Parents

Early intervention programme

This 8-week programme has been developed by CBS in conjunction with Valleys Kids. It is aimed at parents who have children with behaviour that challenges and have no diagnosis.

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For Parents

The Parent Factor in ADHD

The Parent Factor in ADHD is a 9-week programme for parent carers who have a child diagnosed with ADHD.

The programme starts with a pre-group meeting which allows the group participants to meet with the facilitator. This serves a number of functions, but most importantly it gives parents the opportunity to talk (as much or as little as they wish) about their experiences, including any concerns they may have.

Participants then attend a weekly series of eight, two-hour long sessions. Each session has specific aims and is led by a CBS facilitator.

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For Schools and Organisations

Mission Incredible! – Teacher training package

A specialised training package designed to give teachers and teaching assistants key skills and techniques for coping with children with additional needs.

This training package can be tailored to the specific needs of each school.

Schools Programmes are free this year, thanks to external funding. Please contact CBS to discuss your needs. 

For Schools and Organisations

Restorative approach programme – Linking parents and schools

We offer a Restorative Approach Programme, building a bridge between parents with children with additional needs and their schools to support a positive relationship and mutual understanding.

Schools Programmes are free this year, thanks to external funding. Please contact CBS to discuss your needs.