Real Life Experience

Recognising early signs of a neurodevelopmental or mental health 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.

The short films below 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. If you are a parent of a neurodivergent child or suspect your child has a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition, these videos can be really useful in helping you not feel alone.

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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Raising a child with autism: Carrie and David

Carrie and David describe how their happy child began to feel excluded and different when she started school. The outside world is so structured towards the neurotypical that it was causing a lot of damage to Tylan who is not neurotypical because of their autism.

It is a misnomer that autistic children are not sociable.  They want to be able to have all kinds of friends. But if they are excluded and don’t fit in anywhere, this leads to feelings of isolation, sadness and depression.

Tylan finally came into her own when they became an actor playing an autistic character for Hollyoaks. The company and other cast members were determined to understand Tylan. They constantly change the environment around them and make adjustments to suit Tylan’s needs. As a result, Tylan has flourished.

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Growing up with Autism: Tylan

Tylan felt alienated at school, thinking everything they did was wrong. Having a diagnosis of autism helped them but they developed anxiety, felt overwhelmed, had sensory overload and preferred to be alone rather than with people who didn’t understand them. Tylan then developed clinical depression which didn’t allow them to see how things could get better or how they could succeed in life.

Tylan’s job at Hollyoaks, where many adjustments were made to suit their needs, allowed them to flourish.

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Living with Autism: Dan and Charlie

In this film Dan explains his 9 year old son Charlie’s behaviour and how he came to be diagnosed as autistic. Dan describes the family dynamics, how best to manage Charlie, what his strengths are and future prospects. Charlie gives an insight into living with autism and shares his thoughts and feelings.

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Anxiety and Me : Real Life Child Mental Health Experiences

Please note – some images and content may be upsetting or disturbing. This film is not intended to be watched by children.

This short film features real life accounts of Anxiety experienced by young people. Through their words we see the importance of early intervention by parents and teachers.

Nip in the Bud strongly believes that early intervention and support for children ensures far better outcomes.

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