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Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) -Visiting Speaker - Silvia Lopez-Larrosa

A Graduate School of Education research event
Date2 July 2018
Time12:30 to 14:00
PlaceBaring Court 217

Adapting the Unique Minds Program: Exploring the Feasibility of a Multiple Family Intervention for Children with Learning Disabilities in the Context of Spain

The Unique Minds Program (Stern, Unique Minds Program, 1999) addresses the socioemotional needs of children with learning disabilities (LD) and their families. Children and their parents work together in a multiple family group to learn more about LD and themselves as people with the capacity to solve problems in a collaborative way, including problems in family school relationships. This article reports the cultural adaptation of the program for use in Spain and findings from a feasibility study involving three multiple family groups and a total of 15 children and 15 mothers, using a pre-post design. This Spanish adaptation of the program is called “Mentes _U nicas”. Standardized outcome measures indicated an overall statistically significant decrease in children’s self-rated maladjustment and relationship difficulties by the end of the program. Improvements were endorsed by most mothers, although they were not always recognized by the children’s teachers. The program had a high level of acceptability: Mothers and children felt safe, understood, and helped throughout the sessions. The efficacy of the adapted intervention for the context of Spain remains to be tested in a more rigorous study.


ProviderGraduate School of Education
Intended audienceAcademic staff and postgraduate students
OrganizerBrahm Norwich
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