For parents of autistic children, more social support means better health

Chronic caregiving stress has also been associated with poorer physical health — more pain, more disruptions from physical-health problems and lower overall health-related quality of life.

One powerful way to reduce their stress: social support. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Family Relations by researchers in Canada.

The study provides additional evidence of the importance of both formal and informal social support for the parents of children with autism. You can read more about the results of this new research on the Concordia University website.

 


No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems

A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. The Atlantic interviews Alan Kazdin, director of the Yale Parenting Center who believes parents should positively reinforce the behavior they do want to see until the negative behavior eventually goes away. Check out the The Atlantic article, “No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems” to read more about his methods.


Parent Support Group

Parent Support Group

In addition to weekly Wednesday sessions Child & Family Connections has added weekly Saturday sessions to their Parent Support Group for parents with a mental illness. Please help them to spread the word about this Free Nationwide Parent Support Group.

No registration required. Call at start of group (toll free 1-888-601-3515) or participate online at https://www.uberconference.com/childandfamily

 

 

 


Parenting Day to Night—January 7, 2016

NYU Langone’s Child Study Center hosts weekly workshops on various topics related to raising healthy kids, managing behavior, and emotional health.

The next one scheduled on January 7, 2016 is “Parenting Day to Night”.   Parenting is more than a full-time job—especially for kids with ADHD. This workshop presents practical advice for getting through the day—from morning routine to bedtime—with less stress and resistance.

To register for this workshop and to view their schedule of upcoming workshops see:

http://nyulangone.org/locations/child-study-center/child-study-center-workshops


Children See. Children Learn.

Children See. Children Learn.

Check out this PSA clip on ACEsConnection: http://www.acesconnection.com/clip/children-see-children-learn produced by a Canadian organization. Read more at: http://www.childrenseechildrenlearn.ca


Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

Tipping-the-Scales-The-Resilience-Game

Check out the Center on the Developing Child’s multimedia game: Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

In this game, you learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any time, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was established in 2006. Their mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.


Building Family Bonds Workshop

Building Family Bonds Workshop
The “Building Family Bonds Workshop” sponsored by Child and Family Connections, Inc. takes place on Wednesday, October 14th. For more information, visit their website:  http://www.childfamilyconnections.org


The Child Mind Institute releases a new Children’s Mental Health Report

According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.

You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.


“Life in a Special-Needs World”

Parents Magazine Study Reveals One In Four Moms Wonder Whether A Special Needs Evaluation Is Needed For Their Child (via PR Newswire)

“Life in a Special-Needs World” Exclusive Report Explores Health and Happiness of Children of All Abilities NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Parents magazine today revealed exclusive results from a study of moms of children with special needs…


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Your Dollars@Work: One Family’s Toilet Training Miracle

Amy Kelly and family

Amy Kelly and family

A mom shares a life-changing insight followed by expert care, thanks to the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. Read about it over on their blog.


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