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How We Help?

There are many reasons why children and their families see a paediatric psychologist. These include:

  • Adjustment to a diagnosis or coping with difficult news
  • Dealing with medical treatments and procedures
  • Handling emotions such as low mood and anxiety
  • Support after a difficult medical event or trauma

As part of our service, we provide a wide range of group interventions for both parents and children/young people.

Parent Groups:

Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes Group for Parents

This group runs quarterly and is accessible to parents of children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the past year. It is run jointly with Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurses and enables parents to meet other parents who are navigating the first year post diagnosis.

We also have a Guest Speaker who is a parent of a child who has been diagnosed for a while, and they give tips on things which they have found helpful.

What parents say about this group:

‘I felt more confident when I met with other parents. I have come to know that I am doing the right things. I was very happy to attend the group’.

‘It was really helpful to hear about longer established families and how they cope with Type 1 Diabetes’.

Managing Child Anxiety in the Context of Living with a Health Condition

This workshop is run over three 1 hour sessions and is accessible to parents of children living with any of the health conditions listed on the who we see page. The group covers specialist techniques on how to help children who are living with health conditions to manage their feelings of fear and worry.

Child/Young People Groups:

Tree of Life Group

The Tree of Life Group is an innovative one-day group event for young people living with chronic health conditions. It enables them to build positive views of themselves with an identity separate from their health condition, thereby enhancing self-esteem and reducing the negative influence of chronic illness in and on their lives.

What children say about this group:

‘The best thing about the day was when we were all doing our blood sugars and when we were saying these to each other. It was really good to find out about coping strategies other people use’.

‘The best thing about the day was finally meeting people my age that understand how it feels to have diabetes and to be able to talk to people’.

ACTivate your Life – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group for Young People with Chronic Health Conditions

This group involves using Acceptance and Commitment therapy to help young people achieve what they want in their lives whilst living alongside their health condition. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been used widely with children and adults living with health conditions in both the United Kingdom and Internationally.

Moving on Up – Group for Young People with Chronic Health Conditions transitioning to Secondary School

This group runs over one day and involves meeting with other children who have a chronic health condition as they transition from primary school to middle and secondary school. The group runs during the summer and aims to help young people feel more confident with the move and to develop strategies to help them to cope with any challenges that they might face in their new school environment.

Diabetes Transition Group

This group is designed specifically for young people in the Paediatric Diabetes Transition Service. The group is often joined by guest speakers.

What people say about this group:

‘Everyone had a very friendly, welcoming attitude’

‘I learnt that diabetes is a relatable condition and that I can compare my experiences with others’

Videos

Below you will also find some YouTube video links on techniques and strategies that have been put together to take you through lots of ideas of ways of coping and supporting our emotional health. One is for children and adolescents and one is designed for parents and carers.

Video for children and adolescents

Video for parents and carers