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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Friday, December 6 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
The Impacts of Parent to Parent Support in Early Childhood for Parents, Families and Children: A Qualitative Interview Study Seating Available

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Parent to Parent (P2P) is a peer support program that trains parents of children with disabilities to provide informational and emotional support to other parents who are seeking support through a one-to-one match. The benefits of a Parent to Parent match include not only meeting the specific need that originally prompted their contact with Parent to Parent, but improved their perception of their ability to cope with their child and family situation, and imparted a more positive appraisal of their life circumstances. What is unknown is whether these benefits are experienced by parents of very young children, when a diagnosis may be new and successful interventions and services may not yet be established. Additionally, it is unclear whether P2P support provides benefits that extend to the child and other members of the family. Qualitative thematic data derived from interviews with parents who received a P2P match will be presented to explicate the perceived benefits of early P2P support, along with participant quotes. Implications for policy and practice will be discussed as well as future directions.

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Robin Dodds

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education, California State University Los Angeles
My primary research interests focus on supporting families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related Developmental Disabilities in two ways; through Parent to Parent social support and through parent-mediated interventions for social communication. Additionally... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm MST
Meeting Room: Deer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226