SPARK: Supporting Families Raising Kids

SPARK Study flyer with contact information: 617-643-0238

Does your child have a disability that affects attention and learning as their primary diagnosis?

Are they under 18?

Please join us for a listening session to help shape two wellness programs. The purpose of this research is to help us develop programs to support the wellbeing of parents and caregivers like you!

Research participation involves:

  • 60-90 minute listening session
  • completing a survey before the listening session
  • in-person or virtual participation (based on your preference)

Participants will receive a $50 gift card as a token of gratitude for their time.  Listening sessions are offered in English and Spanish


  • 617-643-0238

Background Information

The Federation is collaborating with researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, led by Drs. Elyse Park and Karen Kuhlthau, to refine two programs that support stress management and health for parents of children with learning and attentional disabilities (LAD).

As a first step, our team will host 60–90-minute listening sessions, including about 4-10 parents per group, to learn more about parents’ experiences and request feedback on the program we are developing. The listening session would be a one-time Zoom meeting, and it would last approximately 90 minutes.

We hope that you will consider lending your unique perspective to this work, which we believe will make a meaningful impact on the lives of parents who care for children with LAD. Feel  free to contact the Study Research Coordinator Gabriella Nicolosi ( or 617-643-0238) directly if you have any questions.

As a reminder, your decision not to participate will not impact the resources you receive from the FCSN in any way.