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Researchers and Barnet Mencap looking for families of young children with additional developmental needs to take part in a new study

Researchers at the Universities of Kent and Warwick have developed a new eight week support course for family carers of young children (1½ to 5 years) with additional developmental needs (such as learning disability, developmental delay). The course is called Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS).

E-PAtS was developed because of the lack of courses that address the experiences and needs of families of young children with additional developmental needs. It brings together advice and expertise directly from family carers and evidence-based practices. Family carers co-developed E-PAtS with the research team and also deliver the E-PAtS course alongside a professional worker.

The E-PAtS sessions include:
 Accessing services and supports
 Emotional wellbeing and resilience for caregivers
 Supporting sleep for children
 Supporting interaction and communication in children
 Supporting skills development
 Positive approaches to problem behaviours

The new research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme and Mencap, aims to find out if E-PAtS helps families of children with additional developmental needs. The research team also includes the Universities of Glasgow and Cardiff. In the Barnet area, the research team are looking for 32 families of young children with additional developmental needs aged from 18 months up to their sixth birthday.

Children do not have to have been given a formal diagnosis of global developmental delay or learning disability to take part in the research study. The research team will be able to check if families and their child are suitable to take part in the study.

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If you would like to speak to one of the research team to find out more about partaking in the research, please contact Annabel Carter (tel: 01227 827329 or email:

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