Step-by-Step Parenting Program©

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents with learning differences whose children are at risk of being neglected due to parenting skill deficiencies including parents who learn best with a step-by-step approach, such parents with learning difficulties related to intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, low literacy, and acquired brain injury. The program may be helpful to all parents, other caregivers, and babysitters who need to learn parenting and child-care skills.

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 3

Brief Description

The Step-by-Step Parenting Program© breaks down essential child-care skills for children from birth to about 3 years or age into small steps. A wide-range of parenting skills are covered related to child health, safety, and development, including: newborn care; feeding and nutrition; diapering; bathing; home and sleep safety; first aid; toilet training; parent-child interactions; and positive behavior support. The Step-by-Step Parenting Program© combines the Step-by-Step Child-Care Manual, modelling, roleplaying, and performance feedback to help teach the parents the above skills. The 230-page Step-by-Step Child-Care Manual includes over 60 step-by-step child-care checklists developed with the input of pediatric health care professionals and consumers, and corresponding picture books for about half of these skills.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Step-by-Step Parenting Program© are to:

  • Objectively identify impediments and supports to successful parenting, and specific parenting skill deficits, so as to design a comprehensive family intervention.
  • Help the family organize supports and services to meet the family’s needs and keep the child safe.
  • Increase parenting skills to reduce the risk of, or actual, child neglect through in-home step-by-step parent training.
  • Improve child health, development, and behaviour problems related to parenting skill deficits.
  • Have the parents maintain learned skills over time.
  • Have the parents generalize learned skills to all situations in which they are needed.
  • Reduce need for out-of-home care placements and permanent removal of the child.
  • Help parents to decrease reliance on paid supports.
  • Help parents to develop a natural support network for the family.

Contact Information

Maurice Feldman, PhD, C.Psych., BCBA-D
Phone: (905) 688-5550 x4894
Fax: (905) 378-5719

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014