Poster Abstracts

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected families worldwide with heightened impact among neurodiverse children and families. The current study examines feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a stepped-care telepsychological parenting intervention adapted to meet the needs of at-risk children due to early brain injury or neurodevelopmental conditions (ADHD/ASD) and their families during COVID-19. I-InTERACT-North program provides three steps, (1) Psychoeducation-Podcast, (2) Introduction to Positive Parenting-Brief Coaching (2 sessions), and (3) Full Program (additional 5 sessions). Graduation to each step is based on parent stress, child behaviour concerns and collaborative discussion. From January 2021 to December 2021, 102 families were referred to the program with high consent (75%) . To date, 35 families have competed the program (Step 1 = 35; Step 2 = 26; Step 3 = 20). Participants report high acceptability of the stepped-care model. One parent shared, “[my therapist] helped me think of how I can adapt [the tools] to my kid’s special situation.” Preliminary estimates of efficacy include improvement in positive parenting skills (d = 2.1) and child behaviour (d = 0.57). Preliminary findings of the adapted I-InTERACT-North program highlight the value of stepped-care intervention for at-risk families with potential to inform sustainable mental health practice implementation.

First AuthorGiulia Filomena Fabiano
Second AuthorBeryl Yik Ting Chung
Third AuthorAngela Deotto
Fourth AuthorTricia Samantha Williams