Parent Connectors: Parent-to-Parent Support
Parent Connectors is an innovative parent-to-parent support program developed specifically to meet the unique needs of families who have children with emotional or behavioral challenges. Parent Connectors was developed based on the personal experiences of families while incorporating the latest research-based theories on human behavior.
Learn more at cehs.unl.edu/parentconnectors/
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[00:00:10.296]Hi, this is Dawn with parent CONNECTORS, how are you?
[00:00:13.570]Parent CONNECTORS is a Parent to Parent support program,
[00:00:16.295]for the families of kids with emotional
[00:00:18.810]and behavioral challenges.
[00:00:20.680]Well, I wanted to call and check
[00:00:22.490]and see how things were going with the new school
[00:00:24.660]and the new placement.
[00:00:26.690]It's really unique because parents work with other parents
[00:00:29.620]that have been there and walked in their shoes,
[00:00:31.920]to really help them understand what schools are expecting,
[00:00:35.382]how to get connected to mental health services,
[00:00:37.770]how to improve the academics for their children.
[00:00:40.090]I wanted to check with you to see how the behaviors
[00:00:42.925]with your son has been at home.
[00:00:45.610]Another thing that makes parent CONNECTORS different
[00:00:47.860]is that it's delivered entirely via the phone.
[00:00:50.710]So parents find that this works really well
[00:00:53.140]and they enjoy this flexible
[00:00:54.325]way of talking with another parent.
[00:00:57.830]Our target population for the parents CONNECTORS program,
[00:01:01.120]of parents of children who are struggling
[00:01:03.970]with some emotional and behavioral challenges at school,
[00:01:06.454]at home and or in the community.
[00:01:09.700]Potential families that we would serve
[00:01:11.530]may have specifically Individualized Education Plans
[00:01:15.140]in the school system.
[00:01:16.540]They may also be struggling with symptoms of ADHD
[00:01:21.040]or have some struggles
[00:01:22.670]with being successful in the classroom.
[00:01:25.060]I remember last year
[00:01:26.140]when similar thing happened with my daughter
[00:01:28.690]and she was sent home and I was a mess.
[00:01:32.040]So you are doing awesome good for...
[00:01:34.220]The parent CONNECTORS program is very unique
[00:01:36.380]from other programs,
[00:01:37.510]because all of us parent CONNECTORS
[00:01:39.840]have children with IEPs as well.
[00:01:42.018]So we get to share our own experience
[00:01:44.970]and there's so much power behind our own stories
[00:01:48.220]and the experiences that we have
[00:01:49.860]and what we've been through
[00:01:51.270]and just helping those parents to not feel so isolated
[00:01:55.100]and helping them to see,
[00:01:56.657]"Oh, other people have done this, I can do this too."
[00:01:59.920]When my children first came home from school,
[00:02:02.650]and I was told they were put on IEP,
[00:02:05.940]it was a struggle to even figure out, you know,
[00:02:09.170]what is this?
[00:02:10.003]What can I do?
[00:02:10.960]What can't I do?
[00:02:12.160]A lot of parents, they don't know that they have a voice.
[00:02:16.310]parent CONNECTORS breaks down the barriers between
[00:02:19.007]parents and school.
[00:02:21.530]It's very informative, and it's,
[00:02:23.770]it's empowering to the parents
[00:02:25.540]to help them empower their children.
[00:02:28.550]Have you reached out to the therapist in regards to,
[00:02:33.610]Parent Connector, it's me.
[00:02:36.160]It's the person who's had experiences in the past.
[00:02:40.760]There are so many parents who
[00:02:43.050]are isolating themselves
[00:02:44.990]and you know, they blame themselves.
[00:02:47.120]I'm one of them.
[00:02:47.953]We blame ourselves for what's going on with our youth.
[00:02:51.310]It's a dream come true for me,
[00:02:52.331]to be able to provide the service
[00:02:54.860]for parents to let them know honey, you're not alone.
[00:02:57.700]You're not by yourself.
[00:02:59.120]I've been there, done that.
[00:03:00.500]It'll help you connect to the school
[00:03:02.770]in a way that you probably never thought that you could.
[00:03:06.310]And I hear the joy in the parents voice
[00:03:08.720]when they are connecting with the school
[00:03:10.780]and things are going well.
[00:03:12.790]And even when they're not going well
[00:03:13.980]they still feel good about the road that they're on.
[00:03:17.070]Maybe following up on the mom specifically,
[00:03:19.530]on what is her plan for getting that meeting scheduled.
[00:03:22.410]For me as a clinician who's done family therapy
[00:03:25.210]and worked with adolescents with struggles in school,
[00:03:28.670]in the community and in their families.
[00:03:30.430]This is a piece that's always been missing.
[00:03:33.440]Parent CONNECTORS is a deepening of the learning
[00:03:36.870]that I think is essential for families
[00:03:39.470]to move forward successfully
[00:03:41.360]and for the children to be successful
[00:03:43.660]in their school in their home and in the community.
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