Personalized Parenting Support for Families of Children with
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) have worked together as part of the CHILD-BRIGHT Network to create an online parenting program to improve the lives of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. These disabilities include (but are not limited to):
- Severe Learning Disability
- Global Development Delay
- Spina bifida
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- 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, “Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids”, has been 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. Development of the program has involved parents as expert advisors in all phases of the project, ensuring program content addresses the needs of families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and challenging behaviours.