Generic family support services: Are parents with learning disability catered for?

Author: Llewellyn, G.
Year: 1994
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Mental Handicap Research
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Pages: 41640
Abstract: Overall, the results of training programmes for parents with learning disability (LD) are positively reported and are generally provided through specialist services. However ordinary life principles dictate that people with LD be catered for in generic services. In this study, community based generic family support services were surveyed in one Australian state, New South Wales, in order it determine whether assistance was provided to parents with LD. The results show that only a small proportion (20%) catered for these parents. Type, content and frequency of parent education and training was predominantly determined on an individual needs basis. The parent education and training provided is discussed in relation to programme components thought necessary to ensure successful training outcomes. Possible reasons why the majority of services do not include parents with LD are also presented.

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