12 September 2013

Parents coached by ninja therapists

| Barcham
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A new method of parent-child interaction therapy is being trialed at the Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre.

Remember that episode of the Brady Bunch where Greg hid in the bushes so he could coach Peter on how to talk to girls?

This is kind of like that but not as funny.

ACT Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch today visited the Centre and met with social workers and psychologists from the Parent Child Interaction Therapy program.

A technique included in the program is the parent and child being positioned in a one-waymirrored room, as the trained professional helps the flow of conversation and activity to the parent through an ear-piece.

“The program focuses on positive reinforcement, with therapists coaching parents on how to ignore poor behaviours and celebrate and encourage good behaviours,” Ms Burch said.

The program currently has eight children with their parents participating. Children aged 3-8 who display signs of more extreme anxiety or behavioural problems may be supported in the program for treatment for up to 20 weeks.

“This early intervention model has been proven to reduce problematic behaviour in young children. It also encourages positive parenting attitudes and interactions; and decreases stress associated with parenting.”

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