5 free books to help explain Parkinson’s to children and teens

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Author: Parkinson's Life editorsPublished: 25 August 2016

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Talking about Parkinson’s disease with young children has never been easy. But, here are five books to help you explain the condition in a more accessible way to the younger ones in your family

Talking about Parkinson’s disease with young children has never been easy. But, here are five books to help you explain the condition in a more accessible way to the younger ones in your family


If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and have youngsters in the family you may be thinking about what to say to them as they react to your diagnosis. Having a relation with Parkinson’s can be difficult for some children and teenagers, but there are many resources that may help you explain the issues surrounding the condition.

Leading charity Parkinson’s UK has produced a range of useful books – which are free to download from their website – and top tips that can help people with Parkinson’s put their condition into words for children of different ages groups.

Top tips for talking to kids about Parkinson’s

1. Don’t hide the condition from them. They may worry more about what they don’t know than what they do.

2. Talk about the condition in a clear and specific way and try not to assume anything. You may know people can’t catch Parkinson’s, but do they?

3. Encourage them to talk to you about the condition and to come to you with any questions. If they don’t want to talk to you, suggest a trusted friend or family member.

4. Children and young people need to feel in control about how much information they receive and when. Don’t tell them too much at once, but make sure they know they can talk about Parkinson’s with you and ask questions at any time.

Click on the images below to download the free books.

My dad has Parkinson’s

My dad has Parkinson's

My mum has Parkinson’s

My mum has Parkinson's

My gran has Parkinson’s

My gran has Parkinson's

My grandad has Parkinson’s

My grandad has Parkinson's

Parkinson’s in your life: a guide for teenagers

Parkinson's Guide for teenagers

This booklet offers information on how to handle difficult emotions and what support is available to young carers – it was highly commended at the ‘2015 British Medical Association Patient Information Awards’. 


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