Providing Parent to Parent Support to Traditionally Underserved Families

Parents are our first teachers and advocates. They are responsible for day to day care as well as long-term planning for a child with a disability. Accordingly, the well-being of parents is crucial to health, educational and community outcomes for persons with disabilities. Research on Parent to Parent support will be discussed across three contexts; Readiness to volunteer, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, and Medical Service. -Know more about social and peer supports for parents of children with disabilities (Parent to Parent). -Know more about the adaptation process and how peer support can assist parents of children with disabilities through this process. -Know more about volunteer selection and training. -Know more about who Parent to Parent volunteers are, and the qualities common to effective Support Parents. -Know more about Community Parent Resource Centers and the role that they play in providing support to traditionally underserved families of children with disabilities. -Know more about how Parent to Parent can be used in educational contexts to improve parent participation and academic outcomes. -Know more about how Parent to Parent can be used in medical contexts to improve parent participation and health outcomes.

 

Robin Dodds