Raising Healthy Children Family Support Programs
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Raising Healthy Children
This five-session curriculum for parents of students in kindergarten through
third grade, (available in English and Spanish) enhances parents' skills in
effective behavior management. The interactive sessions, led by a team of
two workshops leaders (a member of the Implementation Team and one other
leader), help parents:
Each two-hour session involves skill demonstration and modeling, role-play,
small- and large-group discussion, and opportunities for parents to share with
and learn from each other.
- develop effective guidelines for their child's behavior.
- teach their children expectations for behavior.
- pinpoint problem behaviors.
- use the "Law of Least Intervention" to select from a menu of effective discipline strategies.
- build strong bonds with their child.
For the last 20-25 minutes of each session, children join their parents for
"Family Practice." During Family Practice, parents and children engage in fun
activities designed to allow parents to practice their new skills, with coaching
and guidance from the workshop leaders. Home practice assignments
encourage parents to use their new skills at home during the week.
At Firlands Elementary, the Implementation Team encouraged parents to attend more than one of the three
Raising Healthy Children program parent workshops offered by establishing a "Parent University." Parents
who completed all three of the workshops were honored in a special "graduation" ceremony and received a
"Master of Parenting" diploma.
After attending the Raising Healthy Children workshops, the mother of Samuel, a first grader who had
difficulty controlling his behavior both at home and at school, scheduled a conference with her child's
teacher. The teacher had learned about the Law of Least Intervention in the Raising Healthy Children
Proactive School and Classroom Management Training and had been using it effectively with her students,
including Samuel. When she learned that Samuel's mother had attended the Raising Healthy Children
workshops and learned how to use the Law of Least Intervention at home, the two were able to share their
experiences in managing Samuel's behavior, developing a plan for using similar approaches at home and at
school. With this coordinated approach, Samuel's behavior improved dramatically at home and at school.
Purchasing the Raising Healthy Children Family Support Program: The costs of this program vary based
upon the number of parents and students participating. Please contact SDRG,
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