A Long Term Support Group for Parents of Neurologically Impaired Children.Report as inadecuate

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A social worker recounts the experiences of a long term support group of 12 (later 10) parents of children with neurological impairments. Originally begun as a time-limited parent group of children attending a therapeutic nursery program, the parent group has continued to meet into the children's adolescence. The group was initially led by two co-therapists but has continued with one leader. Although the parents have increasingly managed many aspects of the meetings, they continue to prefer an outside expert in the formal role of leader. Over the years, the focus of the group has changed from being completely about the children to covering the range of issues faced by the parents, including a marital breakup. This group's experience has led the agency involved to conclude that parent support groups may frequently be the treatment of choice for parents of special needs children. (DB)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Adult Development, Child Rearing, Children, Family Problems, Friendship, Interpersonal Relationship, Neurological Impairments, Parent Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Social Support Groups, Social Workers

Author: Kramer, Elaine

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7616&id=ED367096

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