A good way to connect parents, promote peer mentorship and disseminate information is through whats app group. We had conducted a study to understand the feasibility of using social media WhatsApp groups to connect parents of children with disabilities. We found that 21% of parents in our program joined the WhatsApp group and it is a feasible method to connect parents for peer support and learning. See the study findings here – https://www.amarseva.org/uploads/default/files/Resomate/Whatsapp group feasibility.pdf
We launched WhatsApp groups more extensively across our programs.
Objectives of the WhatsApp group for parents:
✔ To connect parents of children with disabilities with similar concerns.
✔ To share rehab information and early intervention therapy methods with parents.
✔ To encourage parents to share their experience in helping their own children develop and integrating therapy into their daily lives.
✔ To encourage parent to parent support.
✔ Parents have a common cause support group.
✔ Parents have their concerns addressed.
✔ Parents have better understanding of child development and disability and process of development and rehabilitation for their children.
No of parents covered:
✔ 265 parents directly.
✔ 100 parents that do not have smart phone through pairings of parents.