The Approach Details
There are four basic parenting programs that target key developmental stages: IY Baby Program (0-8 months); IY Toddler Basic Program (1-3 years); IY Preschool Basic (3-6 years); IY School Age Basic (6-8 years). In addition there are three associated parent programs: Advance Program, which focuses on parent interpersonal problems such as depression and anger management, Attentive Parenting Prevention Program, and the School Readiness Program.
Children and parents/caregivers meet separately in small supportive group settings.
Toddlers and preschoolers learn about making new friends and learning rules, understanding and detecting feelings, problem-solving, how to be friendly, how to talk with friends and how to do your best in school. CG&FS staff help to build these skills with the help of the Incredible Years® team of colorful characters: Detective Wally, Molly Manners, Tiny Turtle and Dina Dinosaur.
The parent/caregiver group runs concurrently with the children’s groups. CG&FS behavior specialists educate parents on preventing and dealing with difficult behaviors in young children during these group sessions.
Expectant parents and parents of infants learn about infant safety, how to read infant cues, how to stimulate infant learning and how to create a strong bond with their baby.
Parents of preschoolers are provided with effective tools and techniques to improve social, emotional and academic competence of their toddlers. The group setting also allows for parents to share their experiences with each other.
The Incredible Years® program can be implemented by CG&FS in childcare centers, preschools, and primary schools. CG&FS staff will provide training and support to help teachers strengthen classroom management skills, promote pro-social behavior and school readiness, and reduce classroom aggression and non-compliance.
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