Melbourne parents and caregivers with children with a disability can now access free parenting support through a unique program.
The project is offering two years of free group, individual and online parenting support to help reduce child behavioural problems and build parental resilience.
Monash University’s Emeritus Professor Bruce Tonge and Associate Professor Kylie Gray head the Victorian project team and have encouraged parents to take up the support on offer through the Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) Project.
Under the project, parents of children with a disability aged two to 12 have two years of free access to the specialised parenting program called Stepping Stones, which is part of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Professor Tonge, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, said the Stepping Stones program had been found to reduce child behaviour problems by two-thirds.
“Research also shows the program can lower parental stress and depression levels, which are usually significantly higher in parents of children with special needs,” he said.
As part of the project, Professor Tonge will be delivering a series of free parenting seminars. The first will be held at Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne on October 9, 16 and 23.
The 90-minute evening seminars focus on teaching evidence-based parenting strategies to manage and prevent child behaviour problems, develop skills, and improve parental and family wellbeing.
The SSTP Project is the world’s first population-wide parenting intervention for parents of children with a disability. The project is being rolled out in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales and has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
For further information go to: http://www.triplep-steppingstones.net
(Source: Monash University)