Family Support is defined as an integrated network of community-based resources and services that strengthens parenting practices and the healthy development of children.*
Family support aims to:
- Increase the strength and resilience of families
- Support parents as they help their children with special needs achieve their full potential
- Improve community capacity to serve families with children who have special needs
- Helps families make critical connections to other families and resources in the community
- Provides individualised, family-driven support that respects family culture, values, and preferences*
Family Support includes:
- Information about diagnoses, disabilities, and resources – how to find services
- Parent-to-parent support – connection to others who have had similar experiences
- Workshops and support groups – training and strategies you can use
- Social activities – fun and recreation for the whole family*
Every family wants the best for their children, to help them during their growth and development. Families with children who have special needs want the same for their children, but often face additional challenges, including great stress, social isolation, and financial strain. Families may become overwhelmed, and find it difficult navigating the service system for their child, and to find social and emotional support for themselves.
That’s why a “Family Support” session or group helps them to access a broad array of supports and services, including formal and informal supports (such as parent-to-parent connections) and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children with special needs.
* Reference Sources: Adopted from – Family Preservation and Support Services Program Act, 1993, Dunst, Trivette, and Thompson, 1990, Family Support America, National Center for Family Support, and Family Centered Services – Early ACCESS
Evening meetings from 7.00pm to 8.00pm with me and Tiziana Pozzo.
The first 15-20 minutes of the sessions are run by Tiziana Pozzo. She uses a short music activity to facilitate communication between the participants.
Extra support for the parents to help to deal with everyday life at home, in school or social events.
Fortnightly sessions of 75 minutes (in person or Skype) with Flavia Capoano.