Becoming a parent is a life-changing event with new routines to get used to and a whole new set of priorities. But when your child has additional needs, there are even greater adjustments to be made. Parents may feel isolated and misunderstood, and it can be hard to find other mums and dads in a similar situation. 

In this section there are articles to encourage and support you. You can also find out about our telephone befriending support service for parents who have a child with additional needs.

If you would like to be put in touch with a befriender, someone who has first-hand experience of parenting a child with additional needs, please telephone us on 029 2081 0800 or email

“Talking with another parent in a similar situation helps me to deal with the well-meaning but often inappropriate comments from other parents around me who just don’t get it.”

Nicola Watson

Nicola Watson-Bird
Additional Needs Coordinator


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