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Using Group-Based Parent Training Interventions with Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Description of Process, Content and Outcomes in Clinical Practice

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Abstract

Background:  There is a need for further development and evaluation of group-based parent- training interventions for parents of children with disabilities. This paper describes interventions delivered in two areas of Greater Manchester.

Method:  The process and content of an approach designed for parents of children with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders is described.

Results:  Clinical outcome data for 22 parents/carers are presented. Client feedback about the course is also reported.

Conclusions:  The data suggest that this intervention is effective in reducing the frequency and impact of children’s challenging behaviours, and improving parental psychological well-being. More rigorous and extensive evaluation is required.

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