Launch: Parents Plus Special Needs Programme- 18 Sept

Posted on 28 Jul 2020

Parents Plus are delighted to announce the launch of the first in the worldevidence-based Special Needs Programme, developed to respond to the complex and under served needs of young people with an Intellectual Disability, 12 – 25 years, and their families. Until now, there have been no tailored parenting programmes for parents of adolescents with I.D. to help them deal with the significant challenges they face during this time.  

Randomised Controlled Trials 
In 2019/2020, in a large randomised controlled trial, with the Department of Psychology, Trinity College, parents attending the Parents Plus Special Needs Programme reported significant improvements in:

  • Parenting practices
  • Problem behaviours
  • Parental satisfaction
  • Parental self-efficacy
  • Personal goal attainment

Eleanor Kent, Social Worker with CAMHS, who has trained in, and run this programme explains, “The Parents Plus Special Needs Programme is without doubt the solution to the crippling problems that parents of adolescents and young adults with I.D. face. The programme will change the future for children with special needs, their parents, their families and their communities. It should be compulsory and offered to every family affected by special needs. It really is that important.”  

Join the Free ONLINE launch on Friday, 18 Sept at 10am -11.30am to learn about the impact of this much needed support and our forthcoming training dates.

You can register to attend here.

Full details 

Sunbeam Trust sponsor training in NEW Special Needs Programme

This partnership will see Sunbeam Trust fund the training of professionals delivering services to families of adolescents and young adults with an intellectual disability from the Wicklow area in the Special Needs Programme. 

The Sunbeam Trust is a registered charity dedicated to supporting developments that enable people with disabilities to maintain full and meaningful lives in their communities.  Based in Co. Wicklow, the trusts focus is on developing partnerships with and funding projects that improve outcomes for individuals with an intellectual disability and their families.

Sunbeam Trust hope to expand this sponsorship support to a wider geographical area.

To register for your FREE training place, register here