PARENTS and carers of children with disabilities in NSW can take advantage of a new project launched on Monday by the University of Sydney.
The Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) project offers two years of free support.
Parents and carers are invited to go to www.mysay.org.au to fill in a survey and register for free parenting support as part of the project.
Health and education professionals who work in the child disability field can also complete the survey and apply for free Stepping Stones training and resources.
The University of Sydney’s chair of mental health Professor Stewart Einfeld from the faculty of health sciences launched the project at the Helping Families Change Conference in Sydney on Monday.
He said the SSTP project aimed to reduce high levels of emotional and behavioural problems in children with a disability by giving parents more support.
“Children with developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X and Down syndrome experience three to four times the emotional and behavioural problems of typically developing children,” Professor Einfeld said.
“This has an enormous impact on parents, and understandably many struggle to cope with the daily demands of raising their child and the extra challenges it involves.”