COPEing with Toddler Behaviour

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. COPEing with Toddler Behaviour has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.

Target Population: Parents of 12- to 36-month-olds who are having challenges with toddler behaviour

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 1 – 3

Brief Description

COPEing with Toddler Behaviour is an 8-session parent group designed to enhance caregiver skills in preventing and responding to challenging behaviour. In developing the course, current wisdom about toddler behaviour guidance, parent training, adult education, and large group processes were integrated. The group is for any parent of a child 12 to 36 months old. The primary goal of COPEing with Toddler Behaviour is to improve parent-child interaction in order to prevent the development of disruptive behaviour disorders.

Program Goals:

The goals of COPEing with Toddler Behaviour are to train parents to:

  • Use an authoritative parenting style
  • Foster a positive parent-child relationship
  • Have appropriate developmental expectations
  • Prevent challenging behaviours by planning ahead, using praise and giving choices
  • Respond to challenging behaviour by setting limits, redirecting, and ignoring inappropriate behaviour
  • Modify the environment to limit conflict

Expected outcomes include:

  • Reducing child negative behaviour
  • Reducing parent negative behaviour
  • Reducing parent stress
  • Reducing parent-child dysfunctional interaction
  • Increasing child positive behaviour
  • Increasing parent positive behaviour
  • Increasing positive parent-child interaction

Contact Information

Name: Alison Niccols, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: McMaster Children’s Hospital/McMaster University/Offord Centre for Child Studies
Phone: (905) 521-2100 x77408
Fax: (905) 521-7926

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2012