Parenting with Developmental Disability (GSDD5014)


This unit introduces students to the challenges and achievements typically found in the lives of parents with a developmental disability and their children. Students will critically examine 'popular' and professional narratives about, and responses to parents with a developmental disability in current and historical contexts. Students will become familiar with the empirical literature on parenting with a developmental disability to understand the social and environmental influences on parents and their children, parenting capability and child outcomes, evidence based parenting interventions, and inclusion and participation in the community.

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Web-based, no on-campus attendance required


Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (50%)


Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Traustadottir, R., and Sigurjonsdottir, H. (Eds.) (2010). Parents with intellectual disabilities: Past, present and futures. West Sussex: Wiley.

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Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.