Stepping Stones

Standard 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). Over ten one-on-one sessions, parents learn to set their own goals, work out what changes they would like to see in their child’s behavior, learn strategies to promote positive behavior and deal with misbehavior.


Families suitable for the course

Parents or caregivers of children with a disability (up to 12 years of age) who benefit from this program, have concerns about their child’s moderate to severe behavioral problems and are able to commit to up to 10 regular individual consultations either in a clinic or in the family home.


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

Session 1: Intake Interview.  The parent is interviewed to gather comprehensive child and family information. Parents are asked to complete a series of questionnaires that screen for factors that may be influencing child development and behavior.

Session 2: Observation and sharing of assessment findings. Observation of parent-child interaction which is followed by feedback and discussion with the parent only. Review assessment information and develop a context of the problem and its causes.

Session 3: Promoting children’s’ development. Parent learns the principles of Positive Parenting, how to encourage desirable behavior and strategies to teach children new skills and behaviors.

Session 4: Managing misbehavior. Introduces strategies for dealing with misbehavior and developing a parenting routine.

Session 5-7: Practice strategies learned in Sessions 1-3. Practitioner observes a 10 minute parent-child interaction where the parent has set goals to practice using specific strategies.

Session 8: Planned activities training. Teaches parents how to apply Triple P strategies learned to high-risk situations, both at home and in the community.

Session 9: Implementing the planned activities routine. Parents use their Planned Activities Routine in real-life situations and monitor progress with the practitioner.

Session 10: Closure session. Review progress, look at ways to maintain changes and plan for the future, and to close the program. If necessary, referral options are discussed.


Fee for Service:




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

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

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