Effectiveness of parent education for parents with intellectual disabilities

Author: Llewellyn, G.;McConnell, D.;Honey, A.;Mayes, R.;Russo, D.
Year: 2000
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume: 44
Pages: 370-370
Abstract: The New South Wales Parent–Child Health and Wellbeing Project is a randomized, controlled trial designed to evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative educational programme for parents with special learning needs. The Home Learning Program (HLP) was developed by Professor Tymchuk at UCLA and modified for the Australian context by the present authors’ research team. The HLP aims to equip parents of young children with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage home dangers, accidents and child illnesses. Forty-five parents with special learning needs were randomly allocated to three groups, each of which received the programme in sequential phases. Parents were assessed on standardized and criterion-referenced measures prior to and after each phase. The results of the HLP were compared to three conditions: non-programme home visits, provision of learning materials only and no intervention. This paper presents the parental skill acquisition and maintenance results of this trial and discusses the implications for future programme development.

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