Focus on families

It is now widely accepted that intervention programs for children with disabilities can be most effective if parents and other family members or caregivers are part of the ‘service delivery team’.

This can mean different things to different families and different groups of professionals. In some situations it may be sufficient if families simply agree to and facilitate the practices implemented by a professional; in others parents and caregivers may better assist the progress of their child if they are trained to implement programs at home.

Our studies are designed to shed light on what issues need to be considered in order to involve parents as partners in service delivery.

Current studies

Parents as partners in evidence-based speech pathology practice

Researchers: David Trembath (PhD), Joanne Arciuli (PhD, University of Sydney), and Teena Caithness (La Trobe University, Human Communication Sciences)

Funded by: Speech Pathology Australia Research Grant

Study aim: The aim of this study is to explore the experiences of speech pathologists working with parents in the provision of evidence-based practice to children with an ASD. We are using in-depth interviews and thematic analysis to investigate clinicians’ experiences of working with parents, their beliefs about the evidence parents want and need regarding their children’s interventions, and the barriers and facilitators to positive clinician-parent relationships in the provision of evidence-based therapy services.

The aim is to identify practical strategies for helping speech pathologists to (a) identify parents’ expectations and need for information, (b) present the evidence for the treatments they provide effectively, and (c) develop positive and collaborative partnerships with parents when selecting and implementing therapy programs.

For more information contact Dr David Trembath d.trembath@griffith.edu.au.

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ASDetect

ASDetect is a free app that empowers parents and caregivers to assess the social attention and communication behaviours of their children younger than 2½ years (between 11 and 30 months).
This video-led self-assessment app is based on comprehensive, rigorous, world-class research conducted at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre. The research underlying this app is 81% accurate in the early detection of autism and other related developmental conditions. The approach this research takes is that of developmental surveillance — meaning that children are assessed multiple times as they age.
ASDetect guides parents through each assessment using a combination of videos and questions, as well as activities that you can do with your child. Each assessment will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.
Once you have completed an assessment, you receive both an on-screen result of either ‘low’ or ‘high’ likelihood of autism, as well as a comprehensive formal assessment results email.

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