• Thursday, February 02, 2023 (14:00 - 15:30)
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Knowledge Café: Supporting parents of adolescents and young people with intellectual disabilities

EASPD, in collaboration with Parents Plus, is hosting a webinar on a programme focusing on providing support to parents of people with intellectual disabilities.

Parents of children and young adults with intellectual disabilities require a level of guidance and support to ensure their children lead a good life. 


EASPD and Parents Plus are together hosting a webinar on a programme that helps guide parents who have children with intellectual disabilities on 2nd February 2023 at 14h00 CET. The Parents Plus Special Needs Programme is an evidence-based  therapeutic and supportive programme delivered over 6 to 12 weeks to small groups of parents raising an adolescent with an intellectual disability who may also have an additional diagnosis, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The programme covers a variety of challenges that parents of adolescents with intellectual disabilities might face such as: 

  • Managing behaviour and emotional problems
  • Dealing with puberty, sexuality and relationships
  • Support all relationships in the family
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Advocate for their child or adolescent
  • Support education and development
  • Prepare their child for adulthood and future transitions

This programme is also open to professionals who provide support to parents who have adolescents with disabilities. The webinar will also focus on how this programme was created in collaboration with parents, along with giving insights on the proven benefits of doing this programme. 


14h00 - 14h10


  • Sasha Leone, EASPD
  • John Sharry, Parents Plus 

14h10 - 15h10

Presentation of the Parents Plus Programme

  • Ciara Ni Raghallaigh, Parents Plus 


15h10 - 15h30

Q and A Session