ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Aggression etc.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Your child is unable to sit still, he does not follow instructions, she is so manipulative, punishment does not seem to work, her teacher thinks she might be depressed, very low concentration span, struggling with sequencing etc. Terms like ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia seem to be brandied about quite easily and it seems like, if the child has a label or a diagnosis it might be easier to send him/her off to be treated or medicated.

What if I were to tell you that there are so many otherfactors that could be influencing their behaviour and that it is not necessarily always a diagnosis that might be helpful but rather adjusting the way your child moves. The brain and the body connect through movement. The way children move is the way they think and visa versa. Incorporating certain movements and exercises into their life might make a big difference to their social interactions, the way they think and the way they behave.

The Family Counselling Centre invites you to our monthly Conversation, “Let’s Get Talking” starting at 7 pm.   Join Lee-Ann on 27th March in a discussion around early development movement, signs of Developmental Co-ordination Delay and the significance of how your child moves.

‘We thought our son had ADHD – what we were told blew our minds’ by Amanda Cassidy

“We brought our son to be tested for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) this summer. He was fidgety, found it hard to sit still in school, had low concentration and was very impulsive. In other words, all completely normal symptoms of a five-year-old boy. But I wanted to be sure so that I could give the best and most appropriate response to help him be his best self. Also, I am a complete overreacter. To my surprise, the therapist explained that not only did he not have ADHD, he had retained some of his primitive reflexes and this was a really common issue that is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. And these retained reflexes could be responsible for a lot of the things that were getting him in trouble at school and at home.  Wait, what? “

Are you living with a special needs/disabled child?

Then this is for you!

One of our passions at The Family Counselling Centre is disability awareness. I, Andrea Nettel, have a special heart for families living with disabilities because my son was diagnosed with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy at age 2 . He is severely disabled and needs an electric wheelchair and a service dog to function semi-independently. He is now 16, goes to Wynberg Boys High School and aside from his disability he is a normal teenager. My journey with him has made me acutely aware of the unique situations families with disabilities find themselves in.

Disability, special needs, differently-abled… what does that actually mean? Well if you find yourself struggling because the system around you does not fit your family, chances are that your family has special needs. There are different sensitivities about labels and names. Ultimately though if you are continuously running between various therapists like OT, Speech, Physio,  finding the “Right” school and clinic/red cross hospital appointments your family’s needs are special.

I will be facilitating this group and aim to support and empower parents. I am looking to give parents the space for honest and open communications around their needs and the needs of the other family members.  There is so much more involved and relationships seem much harder when there is the additional responsibility of caring for special needs.

The group will address topics like self-care, honesty, frustration, fears and how to deal with them. It will be an interactive group where your needs will be of highest priority. I believe in the connection between physical well-being and emotional/mental well-being therefore I incorporate movement into the sessions, so wear comfortable clothes.

We are starting this weekly SNP-Group (Special Needs Parents) on 25 January 2018 at 5 o’clock pm at The Family Counselling Centre in Fish Hoek. To book your slot or find out more about it please call or Whats-App us (Andrea  or Carol) on 0723756089. You can also check out the details on facebook.