Tools to reduce stress and improve wellbeing for your whole family.
Research shows that caregivers of children with ASD experience continually elevated levels of stress, at least 4 x greater than levels experienced by parents of neurotypical children.
We know there are many long-term negative effects of chronic stress – on our physical, emotional and mental health. As well as affecting our general mood and physical wellbeing, it has been shown to decrease the quality of our relationships and family life.
In addition, ASD experts such as Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett advise the importance of caregivers being able to regulate themselves, to have a positive impact on the child with ASD they are with. Individuals with ASD are particularly sensitive to “catching” negative states off others.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based 8-week mindfulness course.
Often considered the gold standard of mindfulness courses, it has been proven to reduce the symptoms associated with anxiety, depression and stress and improve self-regulation and overall wellbeing.
Studies on parents of children with ASD who completed an MBSR course showed not only decreased parenting stress but also a reduction in problem behaviours for their children compared with those in the wait list-control groups. After the training, parents reported significantly less depression and more satisfaction with life in general.
Please see research studies references at the bottom of the page.
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What we offer
Over 40 years of research demonstrates that participants can experience real and lasting changes from MBSR courses. This course – specifically for caregivers of individuals with ASD – is run by Jan Haworth, a parent of a child with ASD and a Certified MBSR teacher. The aims of the course are to:
Increase self care and resilience
Take better care of yourself and bounce back quicker.
Physically & psychologically:
A lasting decrease in symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and chronic stress.
Increased ease and balance that positively affects the children we are with each day.
Achieve wellbeing and balance
ASD Caregivers Course
28th July – 22nd Sept 2020
With Jan Haworth
Tuesdays 9.30am-12.00pm, Epsom
(no class 25th Aug)
Full day of Mindfulness Sat 12th Sept
*Special discounted rate of $140 off our normal course fee. If this is still out of reach, please get in contact to discuss payment options.
MBSR is an intensive 8-week course, including over 27 hours of instruction and coaching on mindfulness.
We ask that participants make a commitment to daily practice of 30-40mins between sessions. We appreciate that it’s often difficult to carve out extra time for something new in lives that are already very busy and crowded. However, the commitment to spend time in between the sessions will mean that you will gain the maximum benefit from the course.
To enrol on the course please complete the below Registration Form.
Thank you for filling out this form. We realize the personal nature of these questions, therefore, please be assured that the completed forms are kept in strict confidence and only seen by Jan (your teacher).
Eisenhower, A. S., Baker, B. L., & Blacher, J. (2005). Preschool children with intellectual disability: Syndrome specificity, behavior problems, and maternal well-being. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49, 657–671.
Harper, A., Dyches, T. T., Harper, J., Roper, S. O., & South, M. (2013). Respite care, marital quality, and stress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1812-0.
Hwang, Y., Kearney, P., Klieve, H., Lang, W. Roberts, J. (2015). Cultivating Mind: Mindfulness Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Problem Behaviours, and Their Mothers. J Child Fam Stud 24:3093–3106, DOI 10.1007/s10826-015-0114-x.
Lee, L.-C., Harrington, R. A., Louie, B. B., & Newschaffer, C. (2008). Children with autism: Quality of life and parental concerns. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1147–1160.
McGill, P., Papachristoforou, E., & Cooper, V. (2006). Support for family carers of children and young people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviour. Child: Care, Health and Development, 32(2), 159–165.
Neece, C. (2013). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for parents of young children with developmental delays: Implications for parental mental health and child behaviour problems. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi:10.1111/jar.12064.
Silva, L., & Schalock, M. (2012). Autism parenting stress index: Initial psychometric evidence. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 566–574.
Siman-Tov, A., & Kaniel, S. (2011). Stress and personal resource as predictors of the adjustment of parents to autistic children: A multivariate model. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 879–890.
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