How To Wait Well When Your Child Is On The Diagnostic Pathway for Autism or ADHD with Jodie Warren

Wait times for autism and ADHD assessments can be incredibly challenging and lengthy, often leaving parents feeling isolated, helpless, and scared. Many families describe this waiting period as a state of limbo, which can be emotionally and mentally draining.

Jodie Warren, SEND coach & consultant for parents, joins Dale today to discuss ‘how to ‘wait well’ when your child is on the diagnostic pathway for autism or ADHD’.

Discover valuable insights on:

  • The importance of ‘waiting well’ and how it can positively impact the diagnostic journey.
  • Strategies for ‘waiting well’ including preparation, learning, record-keeping, and being ready to advocate effectively.
  • Understanding that waiting for a diagnosis does not prevent parents from meeting their child’s needs and accessing support.
  • Recognising the four valuable resources parents have: time, money, energy, and headspace, and how to allocate them efficiently during the waiting period.
  • The realisation that a diagnosis, from a support standpoint, may not bring significant changes.

Join us as we delve into practical tips and valuable perspectives to help parents navigate the waiting game with resilience, knowledge, and effective advocacy.

About Jodie Warren

With 20 years of experience as a specialist teacher working for schools & local authorities, Jodie now supports parents of children with additional needs to understand those needs & advocate for their child calmly, confidently & effectively without burning out.

As well as offering training to schools in how to enable effective advocacy she also supports parents to strengthen the three core pillars of advocacy so they can work with professionals collaboratively & assertively to achieve the best outcomes for their child.

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