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Experiences of Engaging with the Parenting365 Programme

Cummins, Lána, Goulding, Sonya, Alcala, Alexandra, O'Neill, Siobhán and Dennehy, Holly (2023) Experiences of Engaging with the Parenting365 Programme. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association 31st Conference (EECERA). EECERA, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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Parenting365 supports young children with disabilities and their parents in area of socio-economic disadvantage. It aims to empower parents, while providing the children with a creative and safe play space to explore. It offers families the challenge of disability the chance to connect, support and resource each other going forward. Parents of children with developmental disabilities suffer significantly increased levels of stress (Barroso et al., 2018). Although early diagnosis and intervention is seen as effective (Brian et al., 2015), families in Ireland wait years to receive an assessment of need and required support. Connolly and Gersch (2011) find parents experience begins on first detection of developmental delays, and that support from other parents can help them on their ‘journey’. This project follows social learning and ecological systems theories (Vygotsky, 1978; Bronfenbrenner, 1979) and the action reflection cycle (McNiff and Whitehead, 2006; Bleach, 2016). Community action research focused on changing practice, understanding of practice and conditions of practice (Kemmis 2009; Bleach, 2013) was used alongside ‘dynamic conversations’ (Schön 1983). Opportunity to discuss any concerns were provided to participants, in conjunction with referral to appropriate services. A debriefing sheet was provided at the end of research. Parent and child evaluation data indicate that the children's confidence grew and parents noted a difference in their child’s behaviour at home and developmental progress. Parents reported progress regarding their own goals as a parent. This research illustrates the positive effects of community based support groups for parents and children with disabilities.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children
R Medicine > Diseases > Disabilities
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 13:12
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 15:23

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