Mission

To contribute to a world where all young people, no matter their individual strengths and struggles, have a true sense of acceptance and belonging within their family, which develops confidence and self belief.

 

Vision

To provide a community where parents and young people in ADHD/Autistic families can explore behaviour and responses through a brain and body lens, to support understanding and nurture collaboration and connection in the family.

 

Values

We embrace the values of empathy, simplicity and connection in our work with parents and young people, to create an inclusive and collaborative space, where individuals are accepted and celebrated.

Hi, I’m Shelley,

I’m the Founder of Complex Connexions and the creator and facilitator of The Connexions Community.

The Connexions Community

An exclusive online membership tailored to parents of ADHD/ Autistic children and teens. This community provides access to a wealth of valuable resources, including the Connect Parent video series, practical tools, expert guidance, and a supportive community of like-minded parents. Empower yourself with understanding, connect with other parents, and receive ongoing support as you navigate your parenting journey.

Connect Parents

online workshops 

Informative and interactive workshops, designed specifically for parents of ADHD/ Autistic children and teens. These workshops provide valuable insights into understanding neurodiversity, through a brain and body lens, and practical strategies to support and connect with your young person. Gain communication tools to navigate your parenting journey with confidence, whilst create a nurturing environment for your whole family.

Connect Parents

focus sessions  

An online membership tailored to parents of ADHD/ Autistic children and teens. This community provides access to a wealth of valuable resources, including the Connect Parent video series, practical tools, expert guidance, and a supportive community of like-minded parents. Empower yourself with understanding, connect with other parents, and receive ongoing support as you navigate your parenting journey.

Informative and interactive workshops, designed specifically for parents of ADHD/ Autistic children and teens. These workshops provide valuable insights into understanding neurodiversity, through a brain and body lens, and practical strategies to support and connect with your young person. Gain communication tools to navigate your parenting journey with confidence, whilst create a nurturing environment for your whole family.

Personalised, 1-2-1 sessions for both parents, aimed at fostering stronger connections and improving communication within the family. These sessions offer a safe and supportive space for parents to explore challenges, address concerns, and develop effective strategies for building trust, understanding, and collaboration in their family.

Personalised, 1-2-1 sessions for parents, aimed at fostering stronger connections and improving communication within the family. These sessions offer a safe and supportive space for parents to explore challenges, address concerns, and develop effective strategies for building trust, understanding, and collaboration in their family.

Meet Our Volunteer Directors

Dominique

After becoming a parent, I completed an NVQ Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning. In addition to this, I served on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer and Administrator for a children’s nursery for 3 years, making use of my strong organisational skills and extensive administrative experience.

I have two sons and both have additional needs, one with sensory processing issues and the other diagnosed with Autism. I have spent the past 13 years understanding and adopting tools and techniques to ensure my boys achieve the best they possibly can.

Whilst trying to navigate the challenges that raising children with additional needs brings, I have found organisations such as this invaluable and I hope to be able to assist other families facing similar challenges.

Alison

With a background in admin, I retrained whilst on maternity leave to be a Teaching Assistant.  I worked in class, delivering small group and 1:1 interventions for 13 years before going back to my roots of admin and moved into my school office.  I recently left that job to work in airport security, as I can now take my holidays outside of peak time!

I have one son who is now a young adult.  Parenthood, for me, has definitely been challenging – school was not his happy place.I love getting outside for walks and the odd run, especially Parkrun, and also watching lots of sport.

James

I’m a Gallup Strengths coach and also the  co-founder of Inspiration North, another North East CIC, that supports children’s personal growth, through recognising and developing their strengths.
 
I have personal and family experience of ADHD and Autism and I am a huge advocate for inclusion and equality of opportunity.
 
I work with corporate teams and individuals, and am collaborating with Complex Connexions on a pilot programme to help Year 5 and 6 pupils to become more aware of their strengths, to support their self-esteem and confidence.

I have one son who is now a young adult.  Parenthood, for me, has definitely been challenging – school was not his happy place.I love getting outside for walks and the odd run, especially Parkrun, and also watching lots of sport.

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