Group Stepping Stones

Group Stepping Stones Triple P


What is the course?        

Stepping Stones Triple P has been developed for parents of children with a developmental disability. Stepping Stones Triple P has been evaluated with families of children with a range of disabilities (e.g., intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and elevated levels of disruptive behavior). The program involves eight (2 hour) group sessions that educate and actively train skills, and 2 (15 to 30 minute) individual telephone consultations to assist parents to refine the use of their parenting skills and to develop independent problem solving skills.


Families suitable for the course

Parents or caregivers of children with a disability (up to 12 years of age) who benefit from this program are those that require or are interested in learning a broad-based range of parenting skills to promote child development and to manage mild to moderate level challenging behaviors.


Parents learn:

Self-Regulatory Participants learn skills that enable them to be effective problem-solvers. Promotes self-reflection, self-regulation and self-awareness.
Self-Management Participants are responsible for the way they choose to raise their children; they can select the behavioral aspects they wish to work on (own and child), set goals and choose specific parenting strategies to use.
Self-Efficacy Participant’s belief that they can overcome or solve a parenting or behavioral problem. They have more confidence and positive expectations about the possibility of change.
Personal Agency Participants increasingly attribute changes or improvements in their situation to their own or their child’s efforts rather than to chance, age, or other uncontrollable events (e.g. genetic make-up). 
Problem Solving Participant’s ability to flexibly adapt or generalize what they have learned to new problems and situations.
Self-Sufficiency Participants becoming independent problem solvers so that they trust their own judgment and become less reliant on others in carrying out basic parenting responsibilities. They have the resilience, resourcefulness, knowledge and skills to parent with confidence.
Minimally Sufficient Intervention The least amount of intervention required to achieve a meaningful outcome

Outline of parent sessions

Orientation: Introduction to Triple P and Pre-Assessment.  A brief overview of what will be covered throughout the program. Parents also submit a completed assessment measuring:

  • Parenting Style
  • Parent rating scale assessing child behavior problems
  • Assess symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in adults
  • Conflict over parenting styles (for co-parenting classes)

Session 1: Positive Parenting. Introduction to positive parenting, causes of child behavior problems, setting goals for change, and how to keep track of children’s behavior.

Session 2: Helping children develop. Discuss how to develop positive relationships with children and how to encourage desirable behavior.

Session 3: Teaching new skills and behaviors Teaches parents a range of techniques to teach children with disabilities skills in a range of areas, such as communication, problem-solving, self-care and self-regulation.

Session 4: Managing misbehavior and parenting routines. Offers strategies to assist parents with managing misbehavior during this session. Parents will also learn to develop parenting routines to encourage children to follow instructions.

Session 5: Planning ahead. Covers family survival tips, identifying high-risk situations, and developing planning ahead routines to implement over the next few weeks. Parents also learn to develop parenting routines to encourage children to follow instructions.

Session 6-7: Using positive parenting strategies. The telephone sessions begin with the practitioner providing assessment feedback to parents and noting progress that has been made. Then the sessions are designed to assist parents in implementing behavior change strategies in high-risk home and community situations.

Session 8: Review and program close. Parents return for a final group session to review progress, look at ways to maintain changes and plan for the future, and to close the program. If necessary, referral options are discussed.


For more information about Group Stepping Stones Triple P, please call

C.O.P.E Family Support Center at (925) 689-5811

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