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ACT for Parents of Developmentally Disabled Children Manual

A manual for delivering ACT to parents, targetting parenting stress.  This manual was written specifically for parents of children with developmental disabilities, however, it could be adapted for use with other high-risk parents.  The intervention is written as a four hour intervention with two sessions of two hours each.  This intervention was found to be effective when used in conjunction with Stepping Stones Triple P with families of children with Cerebral Palsy and families of children with Acquired Brain Injury.  In the RCT of Stepping Stones Triple P and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy was found to have a beneficial effect, above and beyond conventional parenting interventions.  

Relevant Publications
Whittingham, K., Sanders, M., McKinlay, L. & Boyd, R.N. (2014). Interventions to Reduce Behavioral Problems in Children with Cerebral Palsy: An RCT. Pediatrics. Accepted 14/02/2014 Epub ahead of print.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., Boyd R., McKinlay, L. & Sofronoff, K. (in press)

Improving child and parenting outcomes following paediatric acquired brain injury: A randomised controlled trial of Stepping Stones Triple P plus Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Accepted 27/01/2014.

Whittingham, K., Sanders, M.R., McKinlay, L. & Boyd, R.N. (2013) Stepping Stones Triple P and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parents of childrenwith cerebral palsy: Trial protocol. Brain Impairment. 14 (2), 270-280.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., McKinlay, L., Boyd, R.N. & Sofronoff, K. (2013) Efficacy of Stepping Stones Triple P plus a stress management adjunct for parents of children with acquired brain injury: The protocol of a randomized
controlled trial. Brain Impairment. 14 (2), 253-269.

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