Positive Parenting Program

Primary Practice

Multipronged Approach to Build Parenting Skills for Parents with ID


Positive Parenting is a resource center that is offered through The United Arc of Greenfield, MA. This program provides intensive support to parents with intellectual disabilities and their children. Some of the services that are available for parents include individualized parent and groups support, supervised visitation, grandparents’ caregiver support, consultation and mentoring support.

Individualized parent support include education, parent skills training, case management, service advocacy and family support. While the support groups sessions focus on child development, parent/child communication, health and wellness, family literacy, basic household and financial stability, positive discipline and limit setting, safety factors and prevention of abuse and neglect, and access of community resources. Most groups have a target parent population, i.e. parents with young children or parents of teens. Groups have educational themes and draw from a primary curriculum such as The Nurturing Parent or The Family Game.

In addition to parenting skills instruction, the positive parenting program provides a service when children are in state’s custody that enables parents with disabilities to live with their child(ren) in their own apartments and provide a 24-hour a day on-site person support.

Target Population(s)

Caregivers with cognitive challenges, intellectual limitations or learning disabilities


 Local level in Greenfield, MA


 To provide support and education for parents with intellectual disabilities and advocate for their rights and equal opportunities within the community.

Evidence of Outcomes

New Idea/Novel Approach
No formal research has been conducted on outcomes.

Additional Information/Resources

Website: http://www.theunitedarc.org/positiveparenting.html