Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs: A Free Webinar from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families

Join the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families for a new webinar that discusses strategies for supporting parents of children with special needs. The American Community Survey estimates that in 2016, 12.8% of the U.S. population had a disability, up from 11.9% in 2010. Parents and other primary caregivers of children with disabilities are highly involved in-and often worried about-preparing for their child for life, school, and adulthood. Many feel overwhelmed or stressed or struggle to find the resources and support needed to set their child up for success. 

During this webinar, presenters will share tips on what parents can do to create a hopeful future for themselves as a couple and for their child. They will also discuss strategies parents can use after finding out that their newborn has a developmental disability, and resources for helping later in their child's transition to adulthood. This webinar is intended for service providers that work with parents as well as parents/guardians themselves. 

Webinar Objectives:

  • Understand the unique challenges parents of children with special needs face, including impacts on their relationship.
  • Identify promising, researched-based practices for expectant parents who learn that their child may have a disability
  • Provide strategies for parents about things that they can do to help their child prepare for adulthood.
  • Highlight successful organizations and programs who are supporting parents of children with developmental disabilities or other special needs.


You'll hear from the following speakers:

  • Host: Robyn Cenizal, Director, National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
  • Lauren Clark, RN, PhD, FAAN, Shapiro Family Endowed Chair in Developmental Disabilities Studies, Professor, UCLA School of Nursing
  • Anne V. Kirby, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies; University of Utah
  • Joey Hanna, Director, Utah Parent Center


Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about free research-based resources and technical assistance available to help you and your agency better support families and communities. 





Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
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