National Academy of Medicine

Unique Opportunities and Challenges in Implementing Family-Focused Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders

By Rebecca M. Jones, Ruth Perou, Andy Shih
July 10, 2014 | Discussion Paper

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) established the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health to engage leaders from academia, government, professional organizations, and philanthropy in dialogue about how to build a stronger research and practice base around the development and implementation of programs, practices, and policies to foster children’s health and well being across the country. In April 2014, the forum hosted a workshop on strategies for scaling tested and effective family-focused preventive interventions. The workshop included discussion of successes and challenges to expanding the reach of family-focused interventions such as the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), the Incredible Years Programs, and the Nurse Family Partnership that have been shown to be effective for promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral well being as well as for reducing caregiver stress and enhancing positive relationships between children and their parents.


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