What is it about?
Children with learning disabilities (LD), that is, children with IQ typically in the normal range who have difficulties in reading, writing and maths that lead to low school achievement, often have socio-emotional difficulties as well. Their parents may feel stressed and the family system may spin around the child difficulties. Unique Minds is a multiple family program originally developed in the USA in which a group of children with LD and their parents work together through seven weekly 90 minutes sessions to address these difficulties. In this article we explain how we adapted the program for use in Spain. We also report the results of a feasibility study with a sample of 15 children with LD and their mothers.
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Why is it important?
Cultural adaptation is more than the translation of the materials into a different language. It’s a lengthy process which requires us to examine and adapt the language, the metaphors, the context, the content, the mode of delivery and the relationships between client families and the facilitators. We hope that others seeking to adapt programs in different countries or cultures will find this account helpful. Results from the implementation of the adapted Spanish version (Mentes Únicas) found a high level of acceptability to children and mothers. Further, pre-post standardized outcome measures showed promising results, indicating a general decrease in children's maladjustment, and relationship difficulties.
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This page is a summary of: Adapting the Unique Minds Program: Exploring the Feasibility of a Multiple Family Intervention for Children with Learning Disabilities in the Context of Spain, Family Process, April 2016, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12215.
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Review of the book: MUPO Program. Unique Minds Programs for socio-emotional improvement of learning difficulties
This is a review of the book of the published version of the program Mentes Únicas. It is in Spanish
Familias en positivo
The Spanish government and a federation of provinces and councils have developed this web page as a resource for positive parenting. The Mentes Únicas program has been selected to be in this webpage.
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