The IAACD Global COVID-19 Childhood Disability Listening and Sharing committee (see members here) had put together tips on how to organize and conduct “Listen and Sharing Sessions” for both professionals and consumers in hosting their own virtual listening and sharing sessions. These session are a way to connect and promote open communication across a group of people, to share experiences and provide useful information for taking action.
1. Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on service delivery – Listening session for clinicians & researchers
Launching the IAACD COVID-19/AusACPDM COVID-19 Task Force, this listening and sharing session provided an opportunity for clinicians and researchers in our community, across Australasia, to explore how best we can help children, families, colleagues and services during the COVID-19 pandemic now and into the future. Our aim wass to share our experiences, to learn what has worked, what has not worked and what learnings we can take into the future. This listening session was facilitated by a panel of speakers representing the research community, and service delivery within the community and hospitals.
- A/ Professor Bernadette Gillick, IAACD COVID-19 Taskforce
- Professor Alicia Spittle, AusACPDM COVID-19 Taskforce
- Dr Mary-Clare Waugh, AusACPDM COVID-19 Taskforce
- Gaela Kilgour, AusACPDM COVID-19 Taskforce
2. Supporting families with disabilities impacted by COVID-19: the role of listening sessions
This listening and sharing session focused on how health professionals can support families with disabilities during COVID-19 by conducting listening and sharing sessions. In this session we share our experiences, to learn what has / has not worked, and hear about what learnings we can take into the future. Facilitators from the Taskforce panel included speakers involved in family support organizations and research.
- Prof Alicia Spittle, University of Melbourne, ‘What is a listening session and guidelines on how to run them’
- Amy Hogan, CP Society of New Zealand, ‘What support do families and people with lived experience need’
- Nikki Whyte, Kalparrin, Western Australia, ‘How family support organisations can help’
- Dr Catherine Mak, Psychologist, The University of Queensland, ‘Supporting parents through challenging emotions and personal self-care’