Fantastic EPAtS feedback
CARLISLE Mencap staff are delighted with the feedback they've received following the EPAtS programmes that have been held in Carlisle, Workington, Ulverston and Penrith. "Superb course" and "very helpful and understanding" are among the praiseworthy comments.
Carlisle Mencap has been right at the forefront of EPAtS – Early Positive Approaches to Support – which has the full support of the NHS and is set to be rolled out nationwide.
EPAtS sees parents of children, aged from a few weeks to five, come together in a group with trained tutors to learn practical strategies over a period of seven or eight weeks to help them with their child’s development and identify their needs.
Speaking at the launch of the scheme at The Grace Little Centre earlier this summer, Jill Bradshaw, senior lecturer in Intellectual and Development Disabilities at the University of Kent, said: “Parenting any child is hard – it is even more difficult if you have a child with learning difficulties.
“There has been a lot of research into learning disabilities but a lot of it doesn’t get to where it is needed. This is where EPAtS comes in. We need to get to parents of learning disability children early on so that problems don’t mount up later, and to help these parents make the most of the joys of parenthood and to minimise the challenges.”
The feedback received by Carlisle Mencap team leaders on the EPAtS programme included the following comments from parents:
"Great help for me and my family."
"Very helpful and understanding. Well done."
"The course was friendly and helpful. Each person offered support and advice."
"Having a creche facility was essential. The relaxed, open atmosphere you created made it easy to share experiences. It helps being on touch with parents who know what you're going through."
"Superb course. Would keep coming back until I was forcibly removed!"