Developing a family support package for parents

The overall objective of this project is to develop and test a family support package to help with resolution with an autism diagnosis, to enhance parental wellbeing, and to increase their sense of competence and family coherence during and after the diagnostic process.

The first aim of the research is to investigate whether parental education and support including counselling (i.e., grief therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy) during the period immediately following a child’s autism diagnosis improves parental resolution, decreases parental grief/stress, increases a sense of competence and/or contributes to family coherence.

The further aim of the research is to investigate whether children’s outcomes are improved as a result of their parent’s access to the family support package and related to the ensuing outcomes for the parents.

At the completion of the project, the family support package materials will be made available to families and practitioners as an Autism CRC resource in the Autism CRC Knowledge Centre.

If your child has recently been assessed for autism and you have discussed the family support package with a dedicated clinician at the Child Development Unit at La Trobe University, you can find some more information and a survey here

Project Leader(s)
  • Josephine Barbaro, La Trobe University
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