Parenting Young Children: helping parents with intellectual disability learn parenting skills

Parenting Young Children (PYC) is a home-based parent education program delivered by trained professionals to parents with an intellectual disability.

Parents strengthen their skills and confidence in the following areas:

  • basic child care skills
  • positive parent-child interactions
  • confidence in their ability to parent their children.

The Parenting Research Centre developed PYC as part of the Healthy Start strategy which aims to build the capacity of professionals working across the child welfare, family support and disability sectors.

Our specialist implementation team helps organisations build best-practice processes into their work and deliver the evidence-based PYC program to families. We also offer post-training support to embed the program into the work of an organisation.

On the international stage

The PYC program has also been trialled in Sweden where agencies are investigating factors that influence the successful adoption and implementation of the program. We have also trained two Swedish facilitators to deliver the professional training in Swedish; this has reduced the challenges to translation and understanding that were experienced when we delivered the training in English. Other achievements include:

  • trialling in Japan with a small number of families
  • 12 professionals trained in Norway, with further training events scheduled
  • Norway and Sweden to explore the digitisation of PYC.

Read more about PYC: visit the Healthy Start website.