Parent/Guardian Support

What is Parent Support?

Integrate Health Services offers different parent/guardian support programs designed to cater to the specific needs of caregivers and families. Our Parent Support Programs are accessible in-group programs or in one-on-one settings and aim to provide parents/guardians with support and skill development.

Parent/Guardian Support Groups

These informal support programs encourage parents/guardians to connect with others who may have similar concerns and challenges. Each program is 90 minutes and will include a 30 minute presentation focusing on a specific topic. Presentations will be facilitated by our highly skilled team of professionals (Psychologists, Social Workers, Teachers, Child and Youth Workers, Psychotherapists). Parents/guardians will have opportunities to address topics of interest or identify difficulties that they are encountering. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in discussion as they can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise and can learn from one another!

Triple P Parenting Program

Group Triple P is an 8-session program, which employs an active skills training process to help parents/guardians acquire new knowledge and skills. This program provides practical help to assist in managing some common parenting concerns. Parents/guardians will develop positive parenting skills to manage misbehaviours immediately, use appropriate and effective discipline strategies and plan ahead to prevent challenging situations. As one of the few evidence-based parenting programs available world-wide and over 30 years of proven clinical research to support its effectiveness, parents/guardians can be sure Triple P works for the majority of families. Triple P has the seal of approval of parents, practitioners and experts world-wide. Triple P is for every parent/guardian, whether they have a specific problem or are just looking for advice on common everyday issues.

Behaviour Consultation

Behaviour Consultation is provided from the perspective of Behaviour Analysis. Behaviour Analysis is a science that studies how learning takes place. Through decades of research, many techniques were developed for the science to become applied. In other words, techniques are used to reduce problem behaviours while teaching more appropriate and functional skills in order to bring about meaningful and positive changes in the individual’s quality of life and everybody around them.

What is Behaviour Consultation?

All children engage in inappropriate behaviours some of the time, for example non-compliance, crying, aggression, whining or complaining. These challenges may include, but are not limited to: noncompliance, transitions from activities or places, aggression and routines of daily living such as hygiene, eating, and toileting. Often children will outgrow those behaviours but when the behaviours persist or are extreme they can create issues with daily family living and quality of life. Behaviour Consultation is aimed at working closely with parents/guardians who are looking for support to develop and implement strategies to aid them in better managing behavioural challenges with their children. This service is appropriate when parents/guardians face challenges in effectively decreasing problem behaviours they experience with their child. It may be appropriate for the child to also access individual therapy that focuses on skill building.

* This program is also accessible to parents/caregivers of adolescents/adults with a developmental disability.

How can Behaviour Consultation Services help your child and family?

Behaviour Consultation Services begin with the parent/guardian(s) meeting a Behaviour Analyst to establish target goals for service. The Behaviour Analyst will request data collection on the specifics of the behavioural concerns (this is commonly gathered over a period of 7-14 days), in order to understand why challenging behaviour is happening (who, what, where, when and how).

A Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) is a highly trained professional in the area of assessing the “whys” of behaviours. The family plays an important role in terms of understanding how certain environmental factors in the home may contribute to the maintenance of the problem behaviours. Parents and caregivers will learn how to implement strategies at home that encourage more positive behaviours therefore fostering positive interactions among family members and improving family life and daily living. With an understanding of how complex family life can be, strategies are tailored to fit the family dynamics in the real world. Ongoing parent training sessions to discuss, develop, implement and review strategies is available as needed.

Also available:

  • An observation in the setting that the behaviours are occurring (e.g. school or home) is also available to better understand the child and their individual needs should this be needed.
  • Development of customized visual resources.

*This program is covered as Psychological Services, check with your extended health care benefit provider.

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