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Keys To The Door

The Video Clips

Each of the following clips focuses on a particular aspect of ‘moving on’ for the parents we talked with. The clips build on the issues that they raise or refer to in the film.

Following each clip there are some questions that you may want to think about by yourself or within a group. A set of possible thoughts and comments - shared with us by parents and others can be found at the end of the questions. You might want to see if your thoughts and responses are similar or maybe you thought of something different, personal to you, that we haven't covered. 

If you are running a session using the clips you might wish to use the thoughts and comments provided as a 'back-up' or to further stimulate conversation within the group. 

"As a younger mum"


Here I  give an overview of the issues discussed in the film and clips. In particular I reflect on the experiences of Stella and Marie as they talk about their adult sons. 

I directed the filming and so heard all of the parents talking. I was very struck by the couple Jean and Robin whose son was 53 (the age I was at the time of filming) when he finally left home. This contrasts so starkly with my own experience of leaving home at 19 and I go on to talk about my son Joe and the commonality of feelings between older and younger carers.

You may wish to think about these questions and then look at the thoughts and comments provided below.

  • What do I identify as ‘shared experience’ with the older carers?

  • I  refer to a ‘natural separation’ that occurs with typically developing young people – what do you understand by this term and what do you think are the issues for parents of children with Learning Disability?

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