Adapting the Unique Minds Program: exploring the feasibility of a multiple family intervention for children with learning disabilities in the context of Spain

Silvia Lopez Larossa, Rosa González-Seijas, John S W Carpenter

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Abstract

The Unique Minds Program (Stern, 1999) addresses the socio-emotional needs of children with learning disabilities (LD) and their families. Children and their parents work together in a multiple family group to learn more about LD and themselves as people with the capacity to solve problems in a collaborative way, including problems in family-school relationships. This paper reports the cultural adaptation of the program for use in Spain and findings from a feasibility study involving three multiple family groups and a total of 15 children and 15 mothers, using a pre-post design. This Spanish adaptation of the program is called “Mentes Únicas”. Standardized outcome measures indicated an overall statistically significant decrease in children’s self-rated maladjustment and relationship difficulties by the end of the program. Improvements were endorsed by most mothers, although they were not always recognized by the children’s teachers. The program had a high level of acceptability: mothers and children felt safe, understood and helped throughout the sessions. The efficacy of the adapted intervention for the context of Spain remains to be tested in a more rigorous study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-435
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Process
Volume56
Issue number2
Early online date20 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Learning disabilities
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Multiple family group therapy
  • Primary school children

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