Parenting Beliefs and Practices: Raising a Child with Special Needs [Online]

This online workshop will focus on the relationship between parenting beliefs and behavior when raising a child with developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD, learning and intellectual disabilities. Rather than rush to implement parenting strategies, therapists should help parents reflect, identify and discuss their beliefs. These may include beliefs about childrearing, gender, success and the meaning of disability.

The second part of the workshop will cover family-centered interventions to promote social-emotional functioning, self-regulation and coping skills. The workshop is an opportunity to explore ideas about how parenting beliefs and practices affect parent confidence, the parent-child relationship and child and family well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the relationship between parenting beliefs and practices as they pertain to raising a child with special needs
  • Discuss the value of storytelling to uncover beliefs about parenting, child development and the meaning of disability
  • Develop therapeutic interventions that help parents promote their child’s self-regulation skills and social-emotional development, social, executive function and self-regulation skills as well as the parent’s capacity to cope with the ongoing stressors


Dr. Judy Grossman, is the Associate Director of Ackerman’s Center for the Developing Child and Family and Director of Ackerman’s Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project. In addition to her family therapy practice, Dr. Grossman is adjunct faculty at NYU; public health and special education consultant and policy analyst; and creator of the Personal Best prevention program for parents with young children.

Date / Time:

Friday, June 26, 2020
10:00 am–1:00 pm

Continuing Education:

3 CE Contact Hours

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