Positive Solutions for Families

FREE Parenting Workshop

Positive Solutions for Families will provide information for families on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior.

The goal of this evidenced-based, parent training is designed to promote positive and effective parenting behaviors which will in turn promote children’s social and emotional development and address the challenging behavior and mental health needs of children in Head Start and child care programs.

Throughout this parent education program participants will learn how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behaviors, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior.  These sessions will give parents with general information on key strategies that may be used with all children; however sessions are not designed to offer parents specific advice for their child’s individual issues.  At the conclusion of the 4-week program, parents will be offered a routine guide that  provides advice for supporting their children across common family routines.

SESSION 1 –Making a Connection!
Identify the importance of building positive relationships with children. Discuss the “power” of using positive comments and encouragement with children.

Making It Happen! Understand how play can be a powerful parenting practice. Learn ways to help children develop friendship skills. Link building relationships, using positive comments/encouragement, and play to children’s behavior.

SESSION 2
Why Do They Do What They Do? Examine why children do what they do. Practice ways to determine the meaning of behavior. Understand how to make expectations clear for children. Understand effective ways to develop and teach household rules.

SESSION 3
Teach Me What to Do!
Define the concept of emotional vocabulary. Identify feeling words and identify effective ways to teach feeling vocabulary. Demonstrate the use of books to support emotional vocabulary and social-emotional development.

Identify how the turtle technique can be used to cope with feelings of anger and disappointment. Learn how to teach problem-solving skills.

SESSION 4
Part 1 . . . Facing the Challenge
Examine specific strategies that can be used to promote positive adult and child behavior in home and community settings.

Part 2 . . . Facing the Challenge
Identify that problem behavior has meaning. Identify the meaning of behavior by examining what happens before and after the problem behavior. Identify the three parts of a behavior plan:  prevention, new skills to teach, and new responses.
Learn to use the Family Routine Guide to identify supports for use with children during daily routines.

Talk with your child’s Teacher or your Family Advocate about joining us for these sessions!

This program is open to parents of children enrolled in Child Development centers, as well as any parent within Schuylkill County. Dates times and locations for the sessions are listed below.

Fountain Springs  Center
Wednesdays
10/11, 10/18,
10/25, and 11/1
5:00  PM – 7:00 PM

Mahanoy City Center
Tuesdays
10/3,10/10, 10/17 and 10/24
5:30 PM 7:30 PM

Pottsville Center*
Wednesdays
10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

St. Clair Center
Wednesdays
10/4, 10/11,
10/18 and 10/25
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Shenandoah Center
Tuesdays
9/19, 9/26,
10/3 and 10/10
4:00—6:00 PM

Tamaqua Center
Wednesdays
10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25
9:45 – 11:45 AM

* Pottsville John S. Clarke Center and Sch. Haven Center
Families are welcome to attend the Pottsville Center sessions

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Positive Solutions for Families is made possible through a grant from Schuylkill County Drug & Alcohol.

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