The Parent Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) provides a thorough overview of parenting capabilities completed by specialist workers where there are parenting concerns.
PAMS assessments are particularly useful for parents experiencing mental health issues or those who have a learning disability. We have specific expertise and a strong reputation for providing high-quality service to these clients.
Dr Sue McGaw, a nationally recognised Clinical Psychologist in the area of working with parents with learning issues, created the PAMS Assessment (Parent Assessment Training Manual).
- Child Care and Wellbeing
- Behaviour Management
- Skills Training
- Hygiene Practices
- Parental Wellbeing
- Relationships and Support
- Societal and Environmental effects on parenting
Parental awareness, quality of parenting skills, and the frequency of parenting practise are all evaluated for each parenting skill field within a domain. A PAMS assessment begins by making an evidence-based evaluation by qualitatively breaking down aspects of parenting into components.
After completing the assessment, the assessor will have a clear family overview that enables focused parenting support and detailed child-safety concerns.
When a parent has been identified as having a learning disability, we use other approaches recommended by Dr Sue McGaw, such as:
- Tasks are broken down into manageable steps
- Performing demonstrations
- Prompt cards, images, diagrams, and digital clocks are all included
- Visual aids/videos are used
- To prevent parents from feeling stressed and helpless, problems are addressed gradually
- Instruction/input repetition
- Roleplay – for example, with high-risk and care-related scenarios
- Increased verbal feedback
- Visualization of issues/use of visual material including using a traffic light system – orange, amber, and red) to investigate problems and areas of improvement