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(p. 442) Supporting Families of Children with a Disability 

(p. 442) Supporting Families of Children with a Disability
(p. 442) Supporting Families of Children with a Disability

Kate Sofronoff

, Kylie M. Gray

, Stewart L. Einfeld

, and Bruce J. Tonge

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date: 25 May 2019

This chapter emphasizes the need for targeted support at a population level for families of children with disabilities. The significantly higher risk of child behavioral and emotional problems can leave parents open to much greater stress, social isolation, and a sense that no help is available. Evidence-based parenting support can redress this, but it is likely to take some time before such support is widely available. Engagement with both professionals and parents takes time and occurs within a political climate that can easily change and disrupt the introduction and sustainability of an effective program. Despite difficulties, however, when parents are able to access an evidence-based parenting program the outcomes are positive for both parents and children, and parents report greater confidence in moving forward with their children.

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