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4. The formal objectives for this session: Here’s what I would like to cover today- To provide a reminder of the power of the Portage approach work. To consider some of the wider dimensions of parenting. To introduce the ‘Pillars of Parenting’. To discuss the implications of these wider dimensions of parenting for the Portage model.

5. My personal objectives are that… You find this approach to parenting refreshingly different. You can use it to recognise your strengths as a parent or carer or the strengths of the parents whom you support. You can also use it to consider some possible areas for developing your parenting skills or enabling the parents or carers that you visit to build their parenting skills . You get as much satisfaction from this session as I did when preparing it. And… that you are finding this conference as personally and professionally satisfying as I am!

6. The foundation components of the Portage Early Intervention model (after White, 2007)

8. “Well shoot. I just can’t figure it out. I’m movin’ over 500 doughnuts a day, and I’m still barely squeakin’ by.”

10. Some points to ponder… Children The curriculum needs of children with disability are the same as those without disability Parent(s) and caregiver(s) The needs of parents of young children with disability transcend race, culture, religion, language and all the other socially constructed features that can sometimes divide us. Researchers and evaluators A major focus of research has been the progress of the child (see Marlow et al, 1998) and the satisfaction of the parent(s) (see Clare and Pistang, 1995).

11. Every Child Matters: Change for children (DfES, 2005): Be healthy Stay safe Enjoy and achieve Make a positive contribution Achieve economic well-being Reference source: (http://everychildmatters.gov.uk/etc/psychology)

15. Unknown Japanese mother I cannot keep crying forever. I will try hard, so, someday I hope my child will appreciate that she was born… Dobashi, T. (2000) Issues concerning parents of children with disabilities in Japan. Seminar presentation to the 8th International Portage Conference. Birmingham, AL (October 5th – 7th)

16. Lemming parental advice

20. P. Valery (1943) The object of Psychology is to give us a totally different view of the things we know best.

22. ** Pillar number 1

23. ** Pillar number 2

24. ** Pillar number 3

25. ** Pillar number 4

26. ** Pillar number 5

27. ** Pillar number 6

28. ** Pillar number 7

29. Pillar number 8

30. Post-trauma growth PTSD as a continuum of adaptive behaviour rather than a distinctly abnormal reaction.Three broad areas for positive change and growth: Perception of self Acknowledgement of vulnerability and appreciation of integral strength. Relationships with others Development of compassion, empathy and altruism. Philosophy of life Valuing and appreciation of everyday life Reference source: Linley A (2000) Transforming psychology: the example of trauma. The Psychologist, 13(7) 353-355

31. “…..psychologists will learn how to build the qualities that help individuals and communities, not just to endure and survive, but also to flourish.” (Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi, 2000)

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35. …but what do you think…?

37. “That’s the best I can do. Maybe you’d like to see another child psychologist, Ms Adkins…”

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