New parent support workshops

A new series of online workshops are being run to help parents and carers in Norfolk with neurodivergent children.

Set up by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), they aim to help and support families with a great understanding of neurodiversity, share experiences, and get advice.

The success of the existing online workshop programme, which has aided parents and carers in supporting young people with mental health challenges, inspired the creation of this dedicated series.

Dr Beth Mosley MBE, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Around 40,000 people have participated in our parent workshops since their launch in 2020 and there have been lots of requests for content to specifically address the needs of neurodivergent children. Over 1,100 families joined the first two workshops, which delved into childhood neurodiversity and strategies for managing big feelings, and we have responded to this interest with a new dedicated series.”

Attendees of the initial sessions provided overwhelmingly positive feedback, with 100% of respondents in a post-session survey recommending the workshops to others.

The upcoming workshops in the series are:

  • Tuesday 8 August at 6pm: How the Brain Develops
  • Thursday 7 September at 1pm: Understanding and Managing Behaviour

In response to the high levels of interest, additional sessions focusing on stress and supporting children dealing with challenges related to eating, sleeping, communication, and sensory processing are in the works and will be announced on the Trust’s website soon.

Dr Annie Bryant, Clinical Psychologist with NSFT’s Psychology in Schools Team, emphasised the importance of these workshops, saying: “We are pleased to offer parents and carers of neurodivergent children valuable information and advice through these dedicated workshops. The insights gained from the first two sessions have helped shape the content of our upcoming series, making them even more impactful.”

These workshops have been thoughtfully developed in collaboration with various NSFT services, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services, Special Education Services, and the Suffolk Parent Carer Forum.

Parents and carers can reserve a place for these free workshops via

Previous sessions can also be accessed via