Real Life Experience

If you are a parent of a neurodivergent child, or suspect your child has a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition, these real-life experience videos can help you know you’re not alone. Recognising the early signs of a mental health or neurodevelopmental condition can shape the way your child experiences the world and how they understand themselves. The importance of early intervention by parents cannot be underestimated.

TW – some images and content may be upsetting or disturbing. The films below are not intended to be watched by children.

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Fathers on Caring

Are you a dad getting to grips with parenting a child with additional needs?

Here, we talk to three dads who have an active and engaged role in looking after their child with additional needs. In this film, Damien, Anil and Usman open up about the challenges they have faced, the reality of the day-to-day, things they have learned along the way and where they have turned to look for support.

 

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Never lose Hope – Fathers of children with Autism

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Usman & the Quest for Happiness

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Damien – Autism, expectations and Adapting

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Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. It can be the acute reaction people turn to when they feel they have no other option.

Self-harm affects more people than you might think. It is estimated that between 10%-20% of all people self-harm at some point during their lifetime. It is hard to gather exact figures due to the stigma surrounding self-harm, and because people try to hide their wounds, scars and bruises.

The average age of the first incident of self-harm is around 12/13, though the rate of self-harm among younger children (aged 9-12) in the UK has increased in the last ten years.

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Living with ADHD – Debbie’s Story

In this very personal 4-minute video, Debbie talks about the challenges she faced getting a diagnosis, and shares her experience of living with ADHD. Debbie belongs to ADHD Babes, a support group for Black women and Black non-binary people of African-Caribbean descent with ADHD.

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Emily’s journey to recovery from Self-Harm

As this film explains, pressure to succeed, feelings of guilt and deep and strong emotions that need to be resolved, can lead someone to self-harm but that only acts as a momentary release.

Talking to someone to share worries can be a great help.

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Bulimia in Young People: Susannah’s story

Aged 10 Susannah became worried about her body image leading to dieting, weight loss, self-harm and bulimia. In this 9-minute film she relates her experience with eating disorders. She began to realise that others had similar experiences and how sharing stories helps recovery.

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Boys get Anorexia too

Eating disorders are more commonly associated with girls. Boys who develop these problems are often misdiagnosed. In this 6-minute film, Jenny Langley, author of ‘Boys Get Anorexia Too’ talks about her experience when her son developed an eating disorder.

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Autism Spectrum Condition in Children Information Film

This film explains how to recognise and help a child who shows the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Condition. (ASC)

The film focuses on children who may be very able and whose condition may not be readily apparent, especially girls, as they are particularly good at ‘masking’ symptoms. The film also highlights how people with Autism Spectrum Condition can also develop mental health conditions.

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Further information:

These short films feature real-life accounts from children and young people with neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. Some feature young adults, retrospectively looking at what the early signs of their mental health condition were, and what they or their parents could’ve done to handle it in a more beneficial way.

As a parent, this gives you an insight into what your child may be experiencing and how to notice if your child has a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition. There are also films featuring the experiences of parents with neurodivergent children and what they do to help their child.