Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Rewarding Parents

Yesterday I presented certificates to carers of South Asian family members who have learning disabilities. They had completed a seven week course organised by South Birmingham PCT in which they learnt more about understanding and coping with autism.

Many of those who had completed the course had sons and daughters with autism and other learning difficulties. Their parents told moving stories of the challenges involved. But whatever the difficulties, it was their deep love and commitment that shone through. One of the key messages was that parents were surprised was how a few changes in their own behaviour led to dramatic changes in their children's behaviour. Well done to all those who received certificates and well done to Dr Sabiha Azmi and her colleagues for organising the course.