Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities pilot for parents of autistic children a success!

Posted on Thu 23 Feb 2012

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities pilot for parents of autistic children a success!
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A new specially sensitised version of the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parenting programme (SFSC) has been piloted with parents of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). After liaising with a behaviour nurse from the Disabled Children’s Team, facilitators from the Parent Partnership Service worked with SFSC Parent Programme and Training Officer, Beverley Thompson, to develop a version of the SFSC programme to take into account the needs of children with ASD.  For example, whilst SFSC might usually emphasis the importance of 'time outs' to allow a child to calm down and reflect on their actions, this may not be appropriate for children with ASD, and instead emphasis might be put on activities to 'burn off' energy or anger such as having a run around.

Six parents completed the 13 week pilot, and further courses are expected to be delivered in future.  More details of the work will be available on the website soon.

Beverley has a strong interest in making the programme accessible to a broad range of parents, and has previously been involved in the sensitisation of SFSC for parents with learning disabilities.

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