Incredible years parenting programme
The programme is based on a parenting pyramid where the positive interactions form the foundations. The programme is designed to encourage parents to make changes to the way they interact with their children and to reinforce positive interactions.
There is a strong emphasis on parents’ coping strategies and the programme was underpinned by social learning theory, which guides parents to consider their own behaviour as role models to their children.
The programme does include behaviour management strategies, but these are introduced later in the programme to allow the positive interaction between parent and child to develop and in many instances this reduces the frequency of behaviour which requires intervention
Part one: strengthening children’s social skills, emotion regulation and school readiness (session 1 – 4)
Part two: using praise and incentives to encourage cooperative behaviour (session 5 – 6)
Part three: household rules, routines and effective limit setting (session 7 – 9)
Part four: positive discipline and handling misbehaviour (session 10 -14)
The Incredible Years Parenting Programme is designed to strengthen parent/child interactions and promote positive attachments and support parents to reduce harsh discipline measures. The programme also works with parents to promote their child’s social, emotional and language development to support school participation. The overall aim is to reduce emotional and behavioural difficulties and increase academic attainment.
The ethos of the Incredible Years Parent Programme is to be inclusive. A facilitator will offer content and guidance but the parents are ultimately responsible for home practice and feedback. Each session follows a similar agenda with a proportion of time at the beginning to share home practice experiences, both
positive and negative, followed by the week’s session content and ending in home activity hand outs.
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