SENsational Families are always looking at new ways we can provide support to SEND families in Norfolk. Currently everyone is feeling a new level of stress but for SEND families whom for so many were already close to breaking point, they have had to cope with a more than any of them could have possibly thought possible.
Parents often described themselves as being under ‘constant stress’, this mixed with the grief of being in a situation that they had not envisaged (1)
Under normal circumstances raising a SEND child has a huge impact on parents and carers mental health and wellbeing. They are tired, feel extremely isolated and are in a constant battle for support. Selfcare is vital to ensure that that they can continue to care for their child. However, as with almost all parent and carers, their needs always get put to the bottom of the list. Finding time for themselves when already struggling with the day to day guilt of never giving enough results in selfcare not happening.
Contact (2) has recently published a survey on the impact that lockdown has had on families.
76% of families who did receive support before lockdown, have had all support withdrawn during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Most parent carers (72%) are providing a lot more care compared with the amount before lockdown.
Half of parents whose children had been receiving crucial therapies or other extra support have seen this stop. 86% say lockdown has had a negative impact on their disabled children's learning and communication.
Now selfcare is more important than ever. SENsational Families are sending out Selfcare Boxes to parents and carers of SEND children in Norfolk. But we desperately need your help to make this happen.
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(1) John Holland and Gabriella Pell "Children with SEND and the emotional impact on parents" 2019
(2) Contact "Parents of disabled children feel abandoned in lockdown" June 2020