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Notre Dame/Supporting Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Communication (SPARC) Research Project

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Person: Chase Fortier
Phone: 260.226.6363
Email: ndsparc@nd.edu


The SPARC program was developed to help parents and typically developing siblings improve communication and increase conflict resolution, which can reduce stress and strengthen relationships in the whole family.

They are looking for families who have at least one child with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) of any age and one child without a disability who is between the ages of 10 and 18. Family participation includes a one-year commitment with several points of contact for the first four weeks, followed by a follow up at six months and twelve months.

It requires answering survey questions online, doing activities as a family via video conferencing with our team, and receive research-based information to review on their own. Families can earn up to $370 over the course of a year for being involved.

Interested and qualified parents should contact the survey coordinator.

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