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Stepping stones (Triple P) course

Stepping Stones is for parents of children with a disability or additional need up to the age of 12. It is great if you are struggling with your child's behaviour or if you would like to learn parenting skills to help promote their development and potential.

You'll meet with a group of parents who also have a child with a disability or additional needs. You will learn strategies for dealing with behaviour and get a book to take home for you to keep. The workers running the group will also call you at home after the group ends to answer any questions you may have.

Sessions run weekly for nine weeks, and are made up of five weeks of face-to-face group support, three weeks of telephone support sessions and one final week of face-to-face at the end. In person sessions last for two hours each. Your child does not need to have a formal diagnosis for you to attend.

Feedback from a parent: "This has been such an interesting course, I've learnt a lot about changing my own behaviours in the hopes of benefiting my child and allowing her to understand her behaviours a little more."


Session 1: Positive parenting

An introduction to positive parenting, causes of child behaviour problems, setting goals for change, and how to keep track of children's behaviour.

Session 2: Promoting children's development

How to develop positive relationships with children and how to encourage desirable behaviour.

Session 3: Teaching new skills and behaviours

Techniques you can use to teach children with disabilities skills in areas such as communication, problem-solving, self-care, and self regulation.

Session 4: Managing misbehaviour and parenting routines

Strategies to help you manage misbehaviour. You will also learn to develop parenting routines to encourage children to follow instructions.

Session 5: Planning ahead

Family survival tips, identifying high risk situations, and developing planning ahead routines to implement over the next few weeks. 

Session 6-8: Putting strategies in place

Sessions will pause to give you time to put the strategies you learn in sessions 1-5 in place. You will get phone calls from the group facilitators to see how things are going.

Session 9: Final session

Final group session to review progress, look at ways to maintain changes and problem solve for the future.

Dates and times

Start dateTimeVenue
Monday 16 September 202412.30pm to 2.30pmWillington Family Hub
Tuesday 17 September 20245.00pm to 7.00pmDurham Family Hub
Friday 27 September 20249.45am to 11.45amNewton Aycliffe Family Hub
Friday 4 October 202412.45pm to 2.45pmPeterlee Family Hub
Monday 4 November 202412.30pm to 2.30pmStanley Family Hub

For more information or to book a place contact your local Family Hub - Find your nearest Family Hub.

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