Problems and strategies of assistance to families having children with developmental impairments



The article provides an overview of foreign publications, reports and studies on the issue of assistance to families, having a child with developmental disorders. The starting point of the review is to support the author's position that the family having a child with special needs is a family in need. Therefore, the present studies shift their focus from children with impairments to assistance that can be provided to their families through development of families’ coping strategies and utilization of family’s strong points. Evidence of this new approach, presented in a number of studies, are strong arguments in favor of family-centered early intervention services and programs that use the cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approaches, in which the family plays a central role.

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Keywords: child with developmental disorders, family functioning, family resources, family-centered services, coping, family assistance program, principles of family support, family support program coordinator, resource coordinator.

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Kabenina I.P. Problems and strategies of assistance to families having children with developmental impairments [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 64–71. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2016050108. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Irina P. Kabenina, master degree student of the chair of child and family therapy faculty of counseling and clinical psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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