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International Coffee Mondays

I host a twice-monthly meeting for international parents on Monday mornings. These take place on the first and third Monday of the month from 9:30-11:30.

The Coffee Mondays are drop-in sessions for anyone wanting to meet other parents. They provide an opportunity for you to share joys and frustrations with other parents who understand. Most of all, they are an opportunity to relax, have a coffee and chat to other parents. You are welcome to bring your children, as there is also a play corner.

The Coffee Mondays are informal, with no training or organised themes but there are opportunities for you to ask questions, give each other tips and to share resources and ideas. If a group of parents would like to have training or advice on a specific topic then a workshop could be organised separately.

Special Coffee Mondays

Parents of children with special needs are welcome to come and meet each other at the international parent coffee meetings. Children with special needs are welcome to come and play with ‘typically developing’ children. It could be that you have a child with an attention deficit disorder, a genetic disorder, dyslexia or dyscalculia, a physical disability, a hearing loss or a language delay. All children are welcome at the international coffee meet-ups.

However, some parents of children with additional needs would like to connect with other parents who have similar experiences to talk specifically about the diagnosis process, schooling needs, social concerns. It can be easier to share your frustrations and worries with other parents who understand your specific circumstances.

If you are one of these parents then you may wish to join the Special Needs Parent Coffee morning on the second Monday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30.

Autism Wednesdays

Parents of children on the autism spectrum are welcome to come and meet each other at the international and special Coffee Mondays.

However, some parents of children on the autism spectrum would like to connect with other parents who have similar experiences. This evening group is open to any parent who has a child on the autism spectrum but especially for parents of teenagers, who are perhaps facing the challenges of puberty, secondary school, homework and relationships. If you are one of these parents, then you may wish to join the Autism Wednesday evening group on the third Wednesday of each month from 19:30 to 21:00.

For whom?

Although the meetings were set up for international families in The Netherlands, Dutch international families are also welcome! The language spoken is English and you do not have to be a native or fluent speaker to join the meetings.

Cost

The parent meetings are free; a donation towards costs is appreciated and there is a pot for your contribution by the door.

Location

The meetings are held in Ypenburg: Vuursteen 8, 2496 RZ Den Haag. There is an easy tram connection between The Hague and Delft (Trams 15 and 19) and it is close to Bus route 30. Ypenburg is easily accessbile by car via A4. There is free parking in the Plesmanlaan and surrounding streets. There is paid parking by the Jumbo supermarket for 10c per hour for a maximum of 2 hours.

Inclusion4all follows the RIVM guidelines. Do not come to the coffee morning if you or your child are feeling unwell.