Difficult Kids?

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Take The First Steps

RIP is geared to helping parents and children under the age of 6 who are struggling with behavioral issues, which can range from not sleeping in their own bed to being kicked out of preschool. Whether these behaviors are caused by a child’s willfulness, or ADHD, autism, or developmental delays doesn’t matter. If your family needs help, you will find it at RIP. “It saved us,” Angie admits.

Robin Stevens, RIP program director, describes how the program works. As they enter, families undergo Behavioral Skills Training where dynamics between the parent and child are observed and documented. Then, behavior plans are created for the parent to implement at home with consequences that are meaningful to the child. The goal of the home program is to use these new parenting techniques to reduce a child’s willful behavior by 75 percent. 

RIP is free; families commit their time instead, and usually spend six to eight months in the program. The first three months focus on the active treatment phase, where parents are learning new skills. Each week, children take part in activities that focus on teaching social skills, self-discipline, and working together. Meanwhile, parents practice ignoring oppositional behaviors and giving specific, positive attention to desirable behaviors. 

Parents spend the second three months in the payback phase. This is one of the parents’ favorite aspects of the program, as they become role models for new parents and continue to learn by leading the children’s groups.  

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