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Personalized Parenting Support for Families of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Children with brain-based developmental disorders often face emotional and behavioural difficulties. These challenges can negatively impact their quality of life and the quality of life of their families. Drs. Patrick McGrath (Centre for Research in Family Health) and Lucy Lach (McGill University) are working together as part of the CHILD-BRIGHT Network to create an online parenting program to improve the lives of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. These disabilities include:
severe learning disability, Epilepsy, Global Development Delay, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome or any other diagnosis that affects how your child gets around, communicates their ideas, processes what they hear, or remembers things.
The Strongest Families Neurodevelopmental Program is being developed to deliver evidence-based care to families in the comfort of their own homes. Our program includes 11 skill-based education sessions, weekly telephone support from trained coaches, video/audio skill demonstrations, and a Parent-to-Parent online support group. The creation of our program has involved parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities as expert advisors in all phases of the project, ensuring program content is relevant to families like their own.