Supporting Families with Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

June 13th 2018

Course Description

Supporting Families with Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: Essential Skills for Developing Trust and Collaborative Relationships

Written & Presented by Dr. Barry Prizant & Dr. Elaine Meyer

This 1 Day Training is open to:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Early Intervention staff
  • Child psychiatrists

Short Description

The focus of treatment efforts for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders has been on selecting and implementing appropriate therapies.

The impact of childhood disabilities on the family has been recognized for years, however, less attention has been paid to developing successful family-professional communication and trusting relationships.

Strategies for successful communication and collaboration will be presented.

Long Description

The overwhelming focus of research and treatment efforts in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders has been on selecting and implementing appropriate therapies.

The impact of childhood disabilities on the family has been recognized for years, however, considerably less attention has been paid to the development of successful family-professional communication and collaboration.

This is despite the fact that parents often report that they feel more challenged by insensitive professionals and poorly organized systems of services than by their child’s disability. Given that one of the predictors of more positive outcomes for children is active engagement in education and treatment by family members, it is essential that practitioners focus more on the elements that result in successful family-professional collaboration.

In this presentation, a number of critical elements will be discussed along with strategies for achieving greater success in collaborating and developing trusting relationships with families.

These elements include implementing family- centered practice principles, developing trust with parents, learning to listen and communicate with parents and providing innovative supports that make a difference in the life of the family.

 

The principles and strategies to be presented are derived from decades of clinical work and research of the two presenters, representing evidence-based strategies in autism and for individuals with medical and developmental challenges.

The work of Dr. Barry Prizant includes practices involving educational and emotional support for families that is part of the Transactional Support domain of the SCERTS Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Support), of which Dr. Prizant is senior co-author. In addition to a degree in Communication Disorders focusing on autism, Dr. Prizant also was an advanced post-doctoral fellow in family- centered intervention focusing on the development of supportive, respectful and effective strategies that support communication and collaboration with parents.

The work of Dr. Elaine Meyer, a Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatric Nurse, focuses on developing positive and trusting relationships with parents of children with developmental and medical challenges – the primary mission of the institute (IPEP) and program (PERCS) she founded at Boston Children’s Hospital and in the Harvard Medical School. IPEP (Institute of Professionalism and Ethical Practices) and PERCS, (Program to Enhance Relationship Communication Skills) has trained over 5000 medical, educational and therapeutic professionals nationally and internationally. Dr. Meyer also partners with Dr. Prizant and the parents of Community Autism Resources, a Massachusetts Autism Support Center founded and run by parents of autistic family members, in providing the parent retreat weekend now in its 21st year.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will identify and apply basic tenets of family-centered practice in educational and therapeutic practice.

2. Participants will identify and modify practices based on research that indicates what parents and family members want and need from professionals.

3. Participants will identify and apply specific strategies for developing collaborative and trusting relationships with parents and family members.

 

Presentation Outline

1. Define elements of Family-centered practice

2. Challenges faced by families at critical points in their journeys

3. What parents want and need from professionals

4. Elements of collaboration
– issues around diagnosis
– active engagement in assessment
– selecting appropriate goals and objectives
– selecting appropriate therapies

5. Supporting families through critical transitions (early intervention to school services; elementary to middle to high school; transitioning to adult services)

6. Fostering successful communication – sharing effective strategies

7. Fostering trusting relationships – sharing effective strategies.

Course Fees:

CURRENT RATE - REGULAR

Al Early Bird and Advanced Rates are now closed. 

Supporting Families  (1 Day Workshop)

 

Regular Fee (From April 1st to April 30th, 2018) – €339

 

Combined SCERTS & Supporting Families (3 Day Workshop)

Regular Fee (From April 1st to April 30th, 2018) – €939

 

To encourage Multi-Disciplinary learning, an additional discount is available when 3 or more people from the same service book together.

THIS COURSE HAS LIMITED PLACES which will be allocated on a First Come, First Served Basis.

Course fees are inclusive of:

  • Access to the Day Training Course on June 13th 2018.
  • Course Materials
  • Refreshments at Breakfast and Break times
  • Lunch Provided


Course Venue

The venue for this course is the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Naas Road, Dublin 22.

This venue has accessible access to the training room as well as the areas for refreshments and toilets.

Underground Car Parking is available (Free for course attendees upon ticket validation).

Rooms are available for attendees with a 10% Discount to the advertised rates.

Please check out our venue page for more details, including directions and room booking options.

Books by Barry Prizant. 

Barry has offered to do a book signing while he is in Dublin in 2018. More details on this to follow.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Courses that have a pre-requirement (e.g. Open to SLTs or OTs only), will only allow applicants to register, and will then go to our administration system to be approved.  We will then check that the applicant has met the prerequisites and approve their booking.

 

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Please give it PLENTY OF TIME before the cut off for Early Bird or Regular Rates. Depending on how your organisation is funded, there may be multiple levels of administrative approval required even after your own supervisor agrees to it.  Some tips from our experience, to make it run smoothly:

  1. If you are interested, check with your supervisor ASAP. Send them this webpage.
  2. If you will be travelling, check if your organisation can cover accommodation expenses as ex-cost. If not, we are able to quote you directly a full price for the course, plus B&B in the venue hotel on a single invoice. We will discuss and agree with you what you need and will then arrange the best price with the hotel using our discount, which will be passed onto you.
  3. If you need a pro-forma invoice in order to get confirmation from your service of the final amount, we can arrange that in advance.

As a rule of thumb, please allow about 5-6 weeks for this entire process to take place with any given service.

If you are wanting us to bill your employer directly, we are happy to do so.

We can work with any organisation’s administrative staff and systems to make it as easy as possible for someone to attend a course.

Please give it PLENTY OF TIME before the cut off for Early Bird or Regular Rates. Depending on how your organisation is funded, there may be multiple levels of administrative approval required even after your own supervisor agrees to it.

It is a similar process to above (when you want to get reimbursed), but the advantage of course is that you are not needing to pay up front from your own pocket. The only risk in this case is that if your employer takes too long processing, your place may be lost by the time they clear funds.

Some tips from our experience, to make it run smoothly:

  1. If you are interested, check with your supervisor ASAP. Send them this webpage.
  2. If you will be travelling, check if your organisation can cover accommodation expenses as ex-cost. If not, we are able to quote you directly a full price for the course, plus B&B in the venue hotel on a single invoice. We will discuss and agree with you what you need and will then arrange the best price with the hotel using our discount, which will be passed onto your employer.They may have agreements with other venues that can offer a better rate to them, especially if they are HSE funded. In such a case, you may not be located near the training venue.
  3. If you need a pro-forma invoice in order to get confirmation from your service of the final amount, we can arrange that in advance.

As a rule of thumb, please allow about 6-8 weeks for this entire process to take place with any given service as normally there are between 30-45 day payment terms.

Yes you can.  Your booking needs to be completely paid by the cut off for your fee. So Early Bird fees need to be settled in full by the close of the Early Bird date, etc.

Paypal is the most convenient way, however it does incur the PayPal fee of 6.5% on each transaction.  You can also pay by direct debit, which does not incur this. Please contact jmorris@catts.ie if you want to pay in installments once you booked.

Paypal is the most convenient way to pay, however it does incur the PayPal fee of 6.5% on each transaction.

PayPal charges fees on all payments. If you don’t see it as extra, it means it is already built into the price so anyone paying differently is effectively paying 6.5% more than they need to!

We choose to add it, and give people the alternatives of Online SEPA payment, Cheque, Credit Card over phone etc., rather than build the 6.5% into the price for ALL registrants.

We don’t believe this is fair on attendees, and we try to keep the course cost as low as possible.

We based our fees on the price of the course minus the costs of setup.

Where a speaker is coming from another country we price it as much as possible on parity with the rate charged in their home audience.

For European or International Speakers, the rates are always below what it would take an individual to travel to see them on their own.

Open Courses, yes, of course.

If the speaker has requested a closed audience, we may need to check with them on a case by case basis, depending on your year of study, and the demand from practicing professionals to access the course.

All courses are targeted towards a specific audience. If it is open to parents or carers, it will be advertised as such.  Courses that have a pre-requirement will only allow applicants to register, and will then go to our administration system to be approved.

Open courses will allow applicants to register, and get a confirmed booking automatically.