Parenting Programmes Delivered by RKCS
“Who’s in Charge?” (“WiC?”)
Time Out for Parents: Children with Special Needs ADHD
Time Out for Parents: Children with Special Needs ASD
Time Out for Parents: Children with Special Needs
These programmes are best suited for delivery in a group-work setting but can also be delivered on a 1:1 basis. They are designed for families, parents or carers with Complex Needs
All of the sessions are run by me but may involve input from other experienced facilitators from time to time. The groups or 1:1 sessions can be run in the evening, the daytime or at the weekend to suit.
Parents/carers should expect the courses to encourage them to do the following:
- Take care of self as a parent/carer
- Use assertive behaviour management techniques
- Have realistic expectations
The programmes support all parents or carers including those whose children are engaging in or at risk of engaging in:
- Anti Social Behaviour
- Drug Abuse & Offending Behaviour
- Truancy/Not Attending School
My unique delivery of these programmes is designed to “contain” and support families, parents or carers who may lead busy or chaotic lives and/or who may have had their own poor experiences during childhood. Each program uses group exercises, discussion, facilitator input and handouts to take participants through an experiential process that aims to bring about both attitude change and behaviour change. The main goal is to empower participants, reduce stress and guilt and provide families, parents or carers with concrete ideas and strategies that they can implement at their own pace.
There is no guarantee that changes in the adult’s attitude or behaviour will produce behavioural change in their difficult child or Teen, at least in the short term. However my hope, and experience, is that there will be an improvement in the child’s behaviour and in his/her relationships with parents, carers and/or family members.
Delivery is tailored to meet a variety of learning needs and takes account of the latest research into the impact of trauma upon learning. These programmes are particularly suitable for those adults who have or have had to cope with:
- Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Issues
- Chaotic Lifestyles (including struggling with debt & housing issues)
- Fostered & Adopted Children
- Children with Additional Learning Needs such as ASD or ADHD
These interventions seek to complement & support the statutory CHILD PROTECTION process, aiming to:
- assist in the reduction of risk to children where parenting techniques have given rise to concerns about a child’s safety
- reduce the likelihood for the need for the child to be taken into care
- prove change through the use of Pre-and Post-course questionnaires
Greater protection is achieved through Awareness by increasing the participant’s…..
- attentiveness, self-belief and ability to develop a positive relationship with their child or Teen
- ability to use a range of communication styles
- ability to recognise there are alternative strategies for managing problem behaviour
- ability to recognise the impact of their own childhood trauma upon their ability to parent
- ability to recognise the impact of managing their own anxiety/ anger upon the parenting process
Long-term change is supported through:
- helping families, parents or carers to develop an appropriate social support network both within & outside the family
- reducing social isolation by signposting families, parents or carers to ongoing support available in the community
Target Audience for the Respective Parenting Programmes
WHO IS IT FOR?
Positive Parenting Programme® – Teen (Triple P) – 25+ years of evidence-based research
An 8 session educational programme for parents or carers of a child/Teen who currently have or are at risk of developing behavioural or emotional problems. The aim is to enhance the parent’s or carer’s self-sufficiency in interacting with their child/Teen in instrumental, social and emotional contexts. It includes specific positive parenting strategies for promoting autonomy, social competence, emotional self-regulation and problem solving in the child/Teen and the application of these strategies to a broad range of target behaviours.
“Who’s in Charge?” (“WiC?”) – given an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award 2010
An 8-9 session educational/therapeutic programme for parents or carers of a child who is either acting abusively towards them or is beyond their control. Sessions 1 – 3 aim primarily to reduce the parent’s or carer’s sense of guilt and isolation while making them more determined not to accept abuse/disrespect and making them clearer about boundaries. Sessions 4 – 6 are about the use of consequences, adapted to apply to uncooperative young people who may not care about very much. The remaining sessions include coverage of anger (both the young person’s and the parent’s or carer’s), assertiveness and self-care.
Time Out for Parents with Special Needs: ADHD
A 5 session programme for parents of school-aged children who have/are awaiting a diagnosis of ADHD. It looks specifically at the features of ADHD and understanding the reasons behind behaviour. It looks at the management of behaviours, including the use of rewards and sanctions, treatment options and therapeutic approaches.
Time Out for Parents with Special Needs: ASD
A 3 session programme for parents or carers of children (3-11 years) who have/are awaiting a diagnosis of ASD. It is also recommended for children diagnosed with “autistic features” and/or social communication difficulties. It looks at understanding ASD, understanding communication and social interaction difficulties as well as principles of behaviour management for an ASD child.
Time Out for Parents or Carers with Special Needs
An 8 session programme for parents or carers of children with special needs. It aims to help them to share their feelings and experiences and come up with solutions to the problems on the basis of what works for them. Topics covered include: helping self-esteem, coping with feelings, understanding and managing behaviour, home/school issues and the wider family.