Training and Support Program for Parents of Children with Disabilities
Provide parents of children with disability with basic massage techniques they can use in the home environment with their child
Parents were trained by certified massage therapists for one hour for 8 weekly sessions. Massage techniques are tailored to meet the needs of the child.
Parents of children with disabilities, mostly cerebral palsy and autism. Studies have been undertaken in the UK. 188 parents of children with disabilities.
Feasibility and parent enjoyment of learning and using the massage techniques have been shown.
Significant positive impact of the intervention was shown on parental self-efficacy; there were also significant negative association with caregiver depression.
Outcome Research References
Barlow, J.H., Powell, L.A., Gilchirst M., Fotiadou M. (2008). The effectiveness of the Training and Support Program for parents of children with disabilities: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64, 55-62. E-mail