Free behavioural help for NSW North Coast parents

PARENTS of disabled children with seemingly unmanageable behavioural and emotional problems will soon have the help of 20 specially-trained support workers on the North Coast.

The National Health and Medical Research Council has backed the northern NSW extension of the Stepping Stones Triple P Project - a program providing free support and training to help parents get the best for their children.

Spearheaded by the University of Sydney's Chair of Mental Health and leading child disability expert Professor Stewart Einfeld, the project will hold its first seminars in the region next month.

"In the long-term, the severity of a child's behavioural and emotional problems often have a bigger impact on their lives than the disability itself - their own independence and ability to work, as well as their parents' mental health," Prof Einfeld said.

Parents of disabled children aged two to 12 will get two years of free, evidence-based parenting support from qualified professionals.

"Rather than providing the program directly ourselves, we have trained 20 North Coast professionals to deliver it - teachers, community health and disability workers," Prof Einfeld said.

Group seminars will be held in Tweed Heads, Lismore and Casino over July and August, with individual programs available.

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