Ozzie Dean Ph.D
July 12, 2010
Psychoeducational Group Paper
"Holding Hands Parent Support Groups for Children with Special Needs"
Having a child with special needs can cause great emotional, financial, and physical strain on the entire family unit. Many families impacted, struggle with relationships, time management, self care, and how to navigate the system in order to obtain services for their child, and family. The purpose of this psychoeducational support group is to educate, empower and give the family the skills they need in order to better understand the diagnosis, the system, and the importance of taking care of themselves. Therefore a nine week psychoeducational group was created for parents of children with special needs
This proposal analyzed 52 anonymous surveys that parents of children with developmental delays completed over a one-week period regarding their concerns about their child’s diagnosis, family life style, marital/romantic relationships, finances, and emotions. From their responses, the author created a 9-week Parent Support Group program consisting of 45 minutes of psychoeducation and 1 hour of process on a weekly basis. This 9-week program will consist of:
Week 1 Introductions – informed consent forms – HIPPA (confidentiality)
Week 2 Self-Care
Week 3 Time Management
Week 4 Services Available Through Regional Center and LAUSD
Week 5 Explaining Diagnoses and Prognoses
Week 6 Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
Week 7 Marital / Romantic Relationships
Week 8 Finances
Week 9 Termination
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a childhood developmental disorder diagnosed at age 3. The features of this disorder are impaired development in social interaction, communication, and restricted repertoire of activity and interests (DSM-IV-TR, p.
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