Press Release from ERIC

Posted by wendyness on August 20, 2017

Press Release from ERIC

August 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM


In 2016 more than 10% of families who contacted ERIC’s Bowel and Bladder helpline were caring for children with additional needs. ERIC’s expertly trained advisors can offer support and information for families with children who have learning and physical disabilities and those with autism.

Brenda Cheer, Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse and ERIC nurse, who has written this guide said: “I’ve met so many young people who are kept in nappies simply because of their diagnosis of cerebral palsy or developmental delay. Many of them could be toilet trained and this leaflet explains how to go about it. And for those who simply cannot achieve continence, I hope the suggestions of ways to manage their bladder and bowels will be helpful, and promote their dignity. Toilet training a child with additional needs can be a huge challenge, but ERIC is here to provide information and support."  

An interactive workshop explaining how this new resource can be put into practice will be delivered by Dr Eve Fleming, a special needs expert and continence specialist, at ERIC’s regional roadshow event on October 19th in Buckinghamshire. Taking place in the at the Clare Charity Centre, the one day conference is aimed at all professionals working with children.

Other roadshow highlights include:

  • Dr Eleni Athanasakos will introduce a new Children’s Anorectal Physiology Service for treatment resistant bowel problems.
  • A parent will give their perspective of supporting a child with chronic constipation and overflow soiling.
  • Further workshops: Nocturnal Enuresis practical tips and treatment and a Practical Approach to Daytime Wetting. (These practical hour long workshops will be based around case studies and take a ‘hands on’ approach.) 

Juliette Randall, ERIC’s CEO said: “Following hugely positive feedback from delegates at the bi-annual ERIC conference in October 2016, there was clearly an appetite for more so we developed the ERIC roadshow for autumn 2017, to run like a mini conference. In true conference style, the roadshow will showcase a new service as well as combining innovation with practical workshops and networking opportunities. We are really excited to be bringing the first ERIC roadshow to High Wycombe and hope its success makes it a regular event in the calendar going forward.”

The roadshow is sponsored by Ontex, Coloplast and Malem Medical Ltd. For more information and to book a place visit: