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Supporting Parents at the Time of Their Child’s Disability Diagnosis and Beyond: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Providers

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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This is an online event. Registered participants will receive an e-mail from Zoom with instructions on how to join the workshop. No cost to participants but registration is required.

Presenters: Rene Averitt-Sanzone, MS, Executive Director, the Parents’ Place of Maryland and parent of two grown daughters who are deaf.

Melanie Pinkett-Davis, MSW, LCSW-C, Assistant Vice President for Clinical Services and Past Clinical Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Description: Communicating a child’s disability diagnosis to a parent can be stressful for care providers, as the diagnosis can have a profound impact on both child and parent health outcomes. Health care providers who adapt evidence-supported diagnosis delivery protocols and culturally responsive care can better support parents at the time of their child’s initial disability diagnosis.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning objectives: This interactive session is designed to help participants:

1.  Increase their awareness and knowledge about the impact of not supporting parents at the time of their child’s initial disability diagnosis.

2.  Learn about evidence-supported diagnosis delivery protocols for communicating a child’s disability diagnosis to parents and their families.

3.  Discuss practical strategies for supporting parents and collaborating with systems at individual, family and organizational levels to ensure positive health outcomes of children with disabilities and their families.

Target Populations:

  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Community members

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555.

For more information on our trainings or to request accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities, please contact us by phone at 443-923-9555, email  or visit Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Register via Zoom.