Parents with intellectual disability and mental health conditions: Early intervention providers’ perceptions

Nicole Megan Edwards, Rebecca Lieberman-Betz, Sarah Wiegand

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Abstract

Background: It is highly recommended that professionals promote caregivers' capacity-building to use intervention strategies to support children with developmental delays or disabilities in natural learning environments, particularly in the earliest years of life. There is a gap, however, in understanding the extent to which these professionals may feel supported in tailoring outreach to support parents with Intellectual Disability and/or mental health conditions (MHCs). Methods: We surveyed providers (n = 55) who work with families of infants and toddlers in Early Intervention programs across the United States. Results: Most had at least one family with intellectual disability (87%) or a MHC (92%). At least half felt parents with intellectual disability or MHCs warranted more time/resources (64% or 50%, respectively) and half were “extremely interested” in trainings to support parents with intellectual disability (48%) or MHCs (56%). Conclusions: Findings and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-237
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology

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