Confident championing: A grounded theory of parental adjustment following a child’s diagnosis of developmental disability. 

When a child with a disability arrives in a family the messages of condolence are often greater than those of congratulation.

The history of parenting a child with special needs or a disability is littered with bereavement, ‘loss’  and sadness concepts, putting negative connotations  around the parenting process.

Parents are often labelled ‘warrior parents’,  as they fight for the rights to services and provision for their child.

This newly published article describes collaborative research with  Dr Anne Connor and Dr Barry Coughlan of the Clinical Psychology programme, at the Univeristy of Limerick in Ireland .

Through this research we have evolved and tested the concept of’ “Confident Championing “ to frame the positive endeavors of parents of children with developmental disabilities, and to bring a different lens to viewing their efforts on behalf of their child and family.

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