When a child has a chronic illness or disability, in order for the child to supported, the parent(s) must also receive support and help coping. In new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics, adult specific peer mentored support groups show promise in reducing mother's distress levels. This recent study enrolled 243 mothers with a child with a neurodevelopmental disability into either a mindfulness program or a positive psychology peer-mentored program. The results showed the mothers enrolled in the mindfulness program saw "significantly greater improvements in depression, anxiety, sleep and life satisfaction". The researchers also emphasized the need for future studies on how best to support parents of children with complex needs.
What type of support programs does your hospital offer for parents?