A program for parents of children who have had an acquired brain injury
Researchers at the University of Queensland, the Royal Children’s Hospital, and the Mater Children’s Hospital have collaborated to offer a free parenting program to parents of children aged 2 to 12 who have sustained an acquired brain injury.
Acquired brain injury (or ABI) is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation, disability, and death worldwide. In children, brain injury can cause existing skills and abilities to be lost at least temporarily, and can also cause delays in the development of new skills. Some children recover very well, however it is common for children to experience some form of behavioural, social, academic, physical, or emotional problems.
As well as significantly impacting the child’s well being and development, brain injury also affects the entire family system. As project coordinator Felicity Brown comments, “Not only do these parents have to manage the stress and burden associated with the difficulties that their child is experiencing, they are also often dealing with many emotions related to the injury, attending many appointments for their child, attending to other siblings, and dealing with schools and various other agencies- they certainly have their work cut out for them”.
Despite this, there is currently limited research into appropriate parenting and family support options specifically for this population.
Parents in the Brisbane area can now be involved in a trial of the popular Stepping Stones Triple P, tailored for acquired brain injury. Parents will also receive an additional stress management intervention, which aims to provide further benefits by improving parents’ own well-being and adjustment.
If you are the parent of a child aged 2 to 12 with an acquired brain injury and would like to be involved, or if you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Felicity Brown, or visit the website: http://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/steppingstonesbraininjury
Ph: 3636 1292