Guernsey’s ADHD Support Group offers September parenting course

August 18th, 2012 by ADHD Support Group Guernsey

Andrea Bilbow, the founder of ‘Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service‘ (ADDISS), is coming to Guernsey to deliver a ground-breaking parenting programme which has had major success in households where Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) make life challenging.

The ADHD Support Group is bringing Andrea Bilbow to the island to impart some of her wisdom after establishing ADDISS 20 years ago to provide support and information on ADHD and elated learning and behavioural difficulties to families in the UK.

1-2-3 Magic will be run for parents of two to 12 year olds at Les Cotils, St Peter Port on Monday, 10 September and Tuesday, 11 September 2012 from 9 am to 1 pm on both days. It is imperative that parents who sign up attend both mornings.

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children aged 2 to 12 was devised by clinical psychologist Thomas Phelan PhD, a parent of a now young adult with ADHD.

It is a behavioural management programme for parents and other carers of young children, including teachers. The book and DVD forms have sold over one million copies.

Karen Garnham, ADHD Support Group Chairman, said the basic logic and simplicity of the 1-2-3 Magic programme meant it was ideal of parents, carers and children and appropriately tackled situations of high emotional stress which are common in ADHD households.

“The programme looks at controlling obnoxious behaviour (arguing, whining, fighting, tantrums), encouraging good behaviour (going to bed, homework, eating) and strengthening your relationship with your child (praise, active listening, shared fun).”

Guernsey’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has endorsed the evidence-based training programme and supports the ADHD Support Group’s plan to run it in Guernsey.

Mrs Bilbow said “we have been offering this parenting programme through ADDISS for many years now and we have had so many parents who have come back to us and told us that their lives have altered immeasurably as a consequence of putting into practice the skills they have learnt on the course.”

“Of course this is particularly heartening to see challenging children blossom into wonderful people who are a pleasure to spend time with,” she said.

The parenting programme usually costs more than £100 per participant but the ADHD Support Group will be meeting the costs for all parents wishing to be involved.

There are 20 places available and it is imperative that parents who sign up attend both mornings.

There are now 70 member families of the ADHD Support Group.

The group aims to provide practical, emotional support and information on how to deal with ADHD and related conditions.

Mrs Karen Garnham, said “as parents we are only too aware of how difficult life can be when you are having to cope 24 hours a day with a child, or more than one child, who finds it impossible to behave in ways we consider to be reasonable.”

“ADHD is a concept which refers to children whose behaviour appears impulsive, overactive and/or inattentive to an extent that is unwarranted for their development age and is a significant hindrance to their emotional success.”

“The condition is hugely challenging for families and I would urge all those parents, who are prepared to put the time in, to use the 1-2-3 Magic techniques they will learn, to come along to the training and hopefully begin to experience a much easier, happy home life for the whole family and a more fulsome life all round for their child,” she said.

For anyone wishing to sign up to the course please contact Karen Garnham at pgarnham @ or Jenny Smith at ferdy @


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