Tuning in to Kids (TIK)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents and caregivers of children with disruptive behavior between 18 months and 18 years of age; can be used with parents and caregivers of children without disruptive behavior between 18 months and 18 years of age as a preventive or early intervention

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 1 – 18

Brief Description

Tuning in to Kids (TIK) is a parenting program that focuses on emotions and is designed to assist parents to establish better relationships with their children. The program teaches parents simple emotion coaching skills - that is how to recognize, understand, and manage their own and their children’s emotions. When their children are emotional, parents: notice the emotion, name it, show empathy and then wait for the emotion to subside (often by comforting the child) before trying to talk about the situation leading to the emotional experience and or what to do about it. The program aims to prevent problems developing in children, promote emotional competence in parents and children, and when present, reduce and treat problems with children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. Delivery options range from a 6-session program with the general community through to a 10-session program for clinical/high need participants.

Program Goals:

The goals of Tuning in to Kids (TIK) are:

  • Teach parents skills in emotion coaching which are expect to:
    • Improve children’s emotional, social, and behavioral functioning
  • Specific changes expected in parents include:
    • Increased parent emotion coaching (i.e., viewing emotions as an opportunity for closeness and teaching children about their emotions)
    • Decreased parent emotion dismissing (i.e., where parents avoid, minimize, or criticize children’s emotional expression)
    • Increased parent emotion awareness and regulation
    • Improved parent-child connection
    • Increased emotional competence in children (skills in understanding and regulating emotions)
    • Decreased emotional and behavioral difficulties in children

Contact Information

Sophie Havighurst, PhD
Title: Principal Researcher
Agency/Affiliation: Tuning in to Kids, Mindful, University of Melbourne
Website: www.tuningintokids.org.au

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 2013