Help for parents of disabled children

Help for parents of disabled children

FREE help for parents with disabled pre-school children is set to be available in Mirfield from September.

Staff at the Hollybank Trust on Far Common Road will run classes called Little Pips four mornings a week.

The sessions are aimed at giving parents the skills and confidence to support their child at home.

Physiotherapists, an early years teacher and speech and language therapists are among the professionals offering advice.

In addition, parents can also sign up for half-hour water confidence sessions in Hollybank's hydrotherapy pool.

The move comes after a successful trial which was attended by Roberttown mum Claire Eagling and her son Zach.

She said: "The social aspect of it is also crucial. I've spoken with more parents at Little Pips than I have over the last two years.”

More children with complex or rare conditions are living longer thanks to medical advances, leading to rising demand for support.

Scheme manager Alisa Moore added: “We were approached by two councils struggling to cope with demand for support from parents.

"Our team will work with parents on skills including communication, Makaton signing for babies, messy and outdoor play and sensory and motor skills."

Little Pips is open to all parents across West Yorkshire with a child aged up to five with complex disabilities.

Places are limited and must be booked. For more details call Alisa on 01924 490833 or send an email to

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