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In April this year, High Hopes completed our first Stepping Stones Triple P parenting workshop series. This was accessed by families and professionals alike. In this blog, we will be reviewing the basic principles and strategies of the Stepping Stones Triple P parenting approach.
Stepping Stones Triple P is a positive parenting approach, designed to be used with children of determination aged 2-12 years old. While the program targets children of determination, the strategies discussed are applicable to be used with children of all needs.
Stepping Stones follows 7 core principles, outlined below:
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Keep in mind that when you offer rewards to your child, these can be in many different forms. Attention is the quickest and easiest to provide but be careful to provide positive attention! Any type of attention will create an interaction with your child, which usually is what they are looking for. So, if you keep talking to them while they are whining, you are reinforcing that behaviour as you are providing them attention. Food can also be a quick reward to provide. Ensure that the size of the food reward matches the size of the challenge – 1 M&M is often enough, not the whole bag.
Another concept taught in the Stepping Stones Triple P approach is to track your child’s behaviour to find out what may be triggering and/or reinforcing it. That means keeping track of exactly when the behaviour occurs (crying and throwing toys), what happened directly before the behaviour (you asked your child to tidy up) and what happened afterwards (you let them keep playing to stop them crying). By recording this in an objective manner, you remove the emotion associated to the situation to better determine exactly what the function of the behaviour is. Once you figure out why the behaviour is occurring, you can adjust the triggers and reinforcers.
This approach is of course one of many available parenting approaches. Not everyone will agree with it, but I can tell you from a therapist perspective that once the approach is used consistently across settings, positive behaviour improves and undesirable behaviour decreases. It is your job as the parent to maintain the boundaries you have set and reinforce the consequences and rewards decided on at the start of this journey. Consistency is key!
If you would like to learn more about this approach and how it could help you reinforce positive behaviours, please contact our team.