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Peer Support: An Untapped Potential for the Practice of PBS with Families

Agenda Number: D8

George Singer, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA


Peer support has demonstrated efficacy in interventions for parents of children with developmental disability. It represents a relatively untapped potential resource for professionals providing assistance to families with positive behavior support interventions. This presentation draws upon sociological and neuropsychological theories to explain the potent impact that help parent to parent support can have and how it may be an effective vehicle for delivering PBS services. A brief review of the literature and a meta analysis will summarize intervention studies using parent to parent support approaches. The presentation will focus on a close analysis of a dialogue between a mentor parent and a younger parent as they converse about their children with autism. The analysis will point out the way that in group and out group awareness along with the need to navigate stigma and attendant shame can pose an obstacle for building trust between parents and professionals. The presenter will argue that parents when matched correctly in helping dyads can overcome the social threat associated with stigma around problem behavior. He will discuss Porgas' Polyvagal Theory and how parent helpers trained in mindfulness may provide a promising avenue for new therapeutic in-roads with families.


Independence BC

Start Time:

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm