Your child has an intellectual/physical disability

If you have a child with an intellectual or physical disability, you know that life can be tough for both you and your child.  Your child may have difficulty following instructions, tantrums are common or they have very few, if any, friends.  And there is you.  Your friends don’t have the same worries about their children as you do.

Stepping Stones is based on Triple P's positive parenting strategies. It helps you manage problem behavior and developmental issues common in children with disabilities. Each level of Stepping Stones will help you:

  • Encourage behavior you like
  • Cope with stress
  • Develop a close relationship with your child 
  • Teach your child new skills


Stepping Stones Seminar Series

Seminars tackle the most common issues for parents of children with a disability.  Sit in with other parents to one, two or all of the seminars in this series:

  • Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability
  • Helping your Child Reach their Potential
  • Changing Problem Behavior into Positive Behavior

These are informal sessions that are about 90 minutes in length.  After each seminar you'll be given a tip sheet to take home that provides a summary of the key concepts and strategies you just heard about.


Primary Care Stepping Stones

Are you noticing a few behaviours that are starting to worry you?  

How It Works?

You (and your partner if you want) will meet with a practitioner for and one on one support and to discuss some strategies for the behaviours you would like to see changed in your child.   You could meet up to four times depending on what you need. You will be given a tip sheet to take home to help remind you of the strategies you spoke about.


Group Stepping Stones

Group Triple P is a great opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations.  

How It Works?

There are about 12 parents in a group session and each session is about 2 ½ hours.    During the sessions you will learn about:

  • Building a close relationship with your children
  • Teach your child new skills
  • Encouraging behaviour from your children that you like
  • Planning ahead to avoid or manage difficult situations
  • Taking care of yourself as a parent

Using your workbook to guide you, you'll be given strategies and suggestions to encourage your child’s development and potential.   The video A Survival Guide for Families with a Child Who Has a Disability will let you see how the strategies work.  There are no more than 6 sessions that you will attend plus two to three phone calls – at a pre-determined time- that you can discuss what is working and what isn’t.  For the last session, you will meet up with the group to talk about what is going well and what has been a challenge.


Standard Stepping Stones

This is more in-depth and is recommended for families with significant problems.

How It Works

There are up to 10 one on one sessions with a trained practitioner who'll help you develop a wide range of positive parenting skills you can use in your own home. The workbook will help you to keep track of your progress. Each session lasts about an hour.


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