05:42pm Saturday 21 October 2017

Psychiatrist urges parents to do landmark survey

The My Say survey for parents of children aged 2-10 years can be found at www.mysay.org.au and is also open to professionals who work in the disability field.

My Say is part of the Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) Project, which is the world’s first population-level intervention program for parents of children with disabilities.

As principal investigator of the Monash University-based project team, Professor Tonge is keen to hear from as many parents as possible through the survey about their parenting experiences.

The SSTP Project will provide parents with a remarkable two years of free, evidence-based parenting support through Triple P’s Stepping Stones program.

“Stepping Stones can reduce child behaviour problems by 76 per cent and significantly lower parent stress levels, so we are keen to see what impact a state-wide intervention using this program has on the lives of Victorian families,” Professor Tonge said.

Professor Tonge said young people with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disability and Down Syndrome can experience three to four times the rate of emotional and behavioural problems of typically developing children, and parents need more help to cope.

Free Stepping Stones training is also available to Victorian professionals who wish to be part of the roll-out of free parenting support to the state’s estimated 60,000 families of children with a disability.

Special needs teachers, school guidance officers, allied health professionals and community and health workers are encouraged to apply.

A website will be provided to allow parents to book Stepping Stones sessions online.

For more information, email or call 03 9905 0156.

For more information or to request interviews please contact Courtney Karayannis, Monash Media & Communications on +61 3 9903 4841 or courtney.karayannis@monash.edu.


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