"my son's support system."

About: Harworth & Bircotes Children's centre

(as the patient),

We move on to Haworth and Bircotes area shortly before my son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I signed up to my local children's centre and allocated a family support worker as we were just finding our way to the area. When my son started at nursery, it was to much for him I was really lacking in confidence and did not have any positive networks. Having piloted the Health, Education and care plan, finding manageable method to get my son communicating, social vocational support out of school and now, he is doing great at school and so much happier and confident. My with my youngest daughter also getting a much more her focused social development and her time as having a special needs child in the house is hard enough for any adult, it gave my little girl her independence and understanding that her brother is different. All the work we did with support from our children's centre and family support services. Without this support we would have been another number on the list without a diagnosis. I am now upgrading my skills to help and support others as I feel it is a crucial service.

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Response from Jo Dunsford, Service Manager, Transformation and Quality Assurance, Nottinghamshire Children and Families Partnership (NCFP), Health Partnerships

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your story on patient opinion. It is really good to read that the support you received from the children's centre and family support services has been helpful to you and your family, and it is great that your son is doing so well and is much happier and more confident. It's really positive that you are able to share your experiences and are now wanting to develop your skills in order to help and support others. I wish you and your family all the very best, Jo

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