Supporting parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are excited to present the We CareTM  Parent Workshops to support you on your journey after receiving a diagnosis.

Why We CareTM

The time after a diagnosis is a difficult one and we understand that you have many unanswered questions that relate to the diagnosis or in general. What does the future look like? What does this mean for my child? What does this mean for my family? What is the NDIS and how can I use NDIS best to help my child and also look after my family quality of life.

Having a child with a developmental concern can have a huge impact not only on parents but on all family members and can impact the quality of life of everyone if timely supports are not provided.

We CareTM workshops are an evidence-based and proven support program for parents/ caregivers who have a child who is recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurodevelopmental disabilities or developmental delays. If you wish to further understand your child’s diagnosis and gain additional supports across a range of areas, you are welcome to attend the workshops.  

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Upcoming Workshop

Date: (3 sessions) 14th Aug, 28th Aug and 11th Sep.
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Delivery: Online (Zoom/Google Meet)
Cost: $193.99
 

The Evidence

This program has been created in response to Dr Bhopti’s research findings, that measured family quality of life of families living with childhood disability. The results indicate that further support is required for parents at the initial stage of diagnosis, and the impact this has on their –parental occupations and overall family quality of life can be positive if they are supported early. Evidence also shows us that parents need to look after their own health and well-being so that they can care for their child better.   

Here are the research papers if interested

Bhopti, A., Brown, T., & Lentin, P. (2020). Opportunities for participation, inclusion and recreation in school-aged children with disability influences parent occupations and family quality of life: A mixed-methods study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy83(4), 204–214. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022619883480

Bhopti, A., Lentin. P., & Brown, T. (2020) Relationships between early childhood intervention services, family quality of life and parent occupations: A mixed-methods Australian study, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 13(2), 103-125, DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2019.1700471

What we offer

via We CareTM – We CareTM For Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • We provide evidence based resources and information about the diagnosis
  • We provide opportunities for chats with parents and professionals who can help answer your questions related to ASD (such as what is ASD, behaviours of concern, emotional regulation, sensory issues, Parental self-care; evidence based interventions; Family support and how parents can return to things they did before; Reliable websites and information sources; or other things you want to know) 
  • We offer support on how you can set goals for your child that are meaningful
  • We will support you to navigate the NDIS and to promote your child’s development and progress
  • We will provide a supportive environment and a chance to talk to other parents and professionals.
  • We will give you a model to support your own well-being while you are looking after your child/ren with strategies to look after yourself

We CareTM for neurodevelopmental disorders/developmental delays

  • We provide evidence based resources and information about the diagnosis
  • We provide opportunities for chats with parents and professionals who can help answer your questions related to developmental skills and milestones (Parental self-care; evidence based interventions; Family support and how parents can return to things they did before; Reliable websites and information sources; or other things you want to know) 
  • We offer support on how you can set goals for your child that are meaningful
  • We offer ideas and strategies to encourage and facilitate your child’s play skills and development
  • We will support you to navigate the NDIS and to promote your child’s development and progress
  • We will provide a supportive environment and a chance to talk to other parents and professionals.
  • We will give you a model to support your own well-being while you are looking after your child/ren with strategies to look after yourself

Upcoming…..Watch this space

We CareTM – Building Parent Capacity and Family Networks

We CareTM – Support groups for Siblings

Please attend all three sessions

Date Time
14th August 2021 2.30pm – 4.30pm
28th August 2021 2.30pm – 4.30pm
11th September 2021 2.30pm – 4.30pm

We will be evaluating the We CareTM workshops via a research study (Latrobe University) as well during this time. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in the research. Participating in research is not mandatory and you can continue to access “We CareTM” groups without being a participant in the research.

Please contact Dr Anoo Bhopti at a.bhopti@latrobe.edu.au or on 0438090299 with any queries.

About Us

Anoo Bhopti

Dr Anoo Bhopti

Program Lead and Developer; Senior Occupational Therapist and Researcher

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Sally Mohitian

Sally Mohitian

Senior Occupational Therapist and Content expert

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Lynne Wood

Parent Support Person and Independent Support Co-ordinator (NDIS)
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Mel Osmotherly

Parent Support Person

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Our research is supported by

Dr Catherine McAdam

Director of Paediatrics – Monash Children’s Hospital

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Director and Chair – Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University

Katharine Lancaster

Research assistant and postgraduate candidate – La Trobe University

We are evaluating the ‘We CareTM Workshops’ via a research study (La Trobe University). Please let us know if you are interested in participating in the research. Participating in research is not mandatory and you can continue to access “We CareTM” groups without being a research participant.

We will send a link prior to the workshop to complete the research questionnaires.

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