A Toolkit to Measure Success: Assessing the Impact of Learning Activities for Social Skills and Parent’s Group for Perceived Social Support

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Neal, Daniel
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Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences::Nursing , Neurodevelopmental Disorders , Quality Improvement , Social Skills , Social Support , Caregivers
Objective: This quality improvement (QI) program provided staff implementing a non-profit organization’s intervention program to enhance social skills with resources needed to measure the impact the program has on participants who are neurodiverse. This QI project also provided staff implementing the parent’s support group for caregivers of those who are neurodiverse, resources needed to measure changes in perceived social support of the caregivers after 12 weeks. These resources include the Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scale and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and will be provided to the organization as a toolkit used to test reliability and validity of the intervention programs offered. Design: A repeated measures quality improvement project. Setting: A small non-profit organization in an urban area of North Carolina. Measurements: Surveys were electronically mailed to 27 new participants and their caregivers before starting the programs and after 12 weeks of participation. Results: The organization received the toolkit with resources needed to measure the effectiveness of their offered programs. Though the organization planned to utilize these resources, the surveys were not sent or returned in a timely manner and therefore no data was able to be analyzed. Conclusions: Although the current project was unsuccessful, the organization has been provided with the necessary tools and resources to be able to positively impact the neurodiverse populations. Future research should attempt to analyze the effects of the organization’s intervention programs on social skills of individuals who are neurodiverse and perceived social support of caregivers of those who are neurodiverse.