Family Connection staff, located throughout South Carolina, are trained and accredited in Stepping Stones Primary Care. Stepping Stones is based on Triple P’s positive parenting strategies. Learn how to manage difficult behaviors using evidence based strategies.

“Educating and empowering our parents is so critical to the success of all children,” said Amy Holbert, executive director of Family Connection of South Carolina. “Thanks to the support of Children’s Trust, our team now has another proven tool and resource to serve families statewide.”

We offer two types of evidence-based parenting programs that can help a parent dealing with a child’s challenging behavior.

Family Connection staff, located throughout South Carolina, are trained and accredited in Stepping Stones Triple P. The program offers different levels to fit individual needs, ranging in intensity from light-touch seminars to ongoing courses. The goal is to help parents manage behavioral and emotional issues in children and teenagers ­with disabilities that can lead to problems in the family, school and community.

The program works to build family resilience, coping strategies and other protective factors through seminars and one-on-one interaction with families. It has led to noted success with families who have a child on the autism spectrum.

Family Connection provides information and training on this evidence based parenting program that provides a toolbox of ideas. Parents choose the strategies and ways they use the information to work best for their families. Stepping Stones is based on Triple P’s positive parenting strategies, helping parents encourage desired behaviors, cope with stress, develop a close parent/child relationship and teach children new skills.

Five principles of Positive Parenting:

  1. Create a safe, interesting environment.
  2. Have a positive learning environment.
  3. Use assertive discipline.
  4. Have realistic expectations.
  5. Take care of yourself as a parent.

Who can benefit?

  • Parents or caregivers of a child ages 0-12 with a developmental delay, disability or chronic health condition (asthma, etc.).
  • Parents or caregivers with a specific concern about their child’s behavior.
  • Parents or caregivers who prefer one-to-one consultations.
  • Parents or caregivers who have children with mild to moderate behavior problems who could benefit from a parenting program.

To learn more or get connected, call the Family Information Center at 800-578-8750 or complete the online referral form.

TRIPLE P POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM is a parenting program, but it doesn’t tell you how to be a parent. Instead, it’s a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for you.

What does Triple P do?

The three Ps stand for Positive Parenting Program, which means your family life is going to be much more enjoyable. Triple P helps you:

  • Raise happy, confident kids.
  • Manage misbehavior so everyone in the family enjoys life more.
  • Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows.
  • Encourage behaviors you like.
  • Take care of yourself as a parent.
  • Feel confident you’re doing the right thing.

Triple P: Stepping Stones Primary Care

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. It also helps encourage favorable behavior, cope with stress, develop a close relationship with your child and teach your child new skills. You choose the type of Stepping Stones help based on your own needs. They range in intensity from light-touch seminars to ongoing courses. 

A Family Connection accredited Triple P provider will meet with you, offering suggestions and ideas on positive parenting in four one-on-one sessions from the following series:

  • A Guide to Positive Parenting
  • A Guide to Early Learning Skills
  • A Guide to Language and Communication
  • A Guide to Mealtimes
  • A Guide to Self Care Skills
  • A Guide to Toileting
  • A Guide to Social Skills
  • A Guide to Disruptive Behavior
  • A Guide to Being Part of the Community
  • A Guide to Fear and Anxiety
  • A Guide to Family Adaption

Triple P Seminar Series

The seminar series tackles the most common issues for parents of children with a disability and brings together large groups of parents – often 20 or more. Each seminar takes just 90 minutes and you can do one, two or all three in the series.

Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability – Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar 1

    • This workshop is Seminar 1 of the Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar Series. During this workshop, we will introduce positive parenting and the seven key principles or ideas behind this approach to being a parent of a child with a disability.
    • Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential – Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar 2
      • This workshop is Seminar 2 in the Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar Series. It discusses the importance of getting children off to the right start and the role that parents can play in laying the foundations for children’s success at school and beyond.  We will discuss each of the six important steps to being an effective teacher at home so that parents can promote important life skills for their children.
  • Changing Problem Behavior into Positive Behavior – Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar 3
    • This workshop is Seminar 3 of the Triple P Stepping Stones Seminar Series. During this workshop, we will be talking about problem behavior in children: the kinds of problem behaviors you may face and why it is important to do something about them.  We will discuss each of the six important steps to change or manage problem behavior. (CCCC-D accredited)
  • The Power of Positive Parenting – Triple P Level 2 Seminar 1 (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop is Seminar 1 of the Triple P Level 2 Seminar Series. It introduces you to the five core principles of positive parenting.

Creating a safe, engaging environment

Having a positive learning environment

Using assertive discipline

Having reasonable expectations

Taking care of yourself as a parent

 

  • Raising Confident, Competent Children – Triple P Level 2 Seminar 2 (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop is Seminar 2 of the Triple P Level 2 Seminar Series. It introduces you to strategies that help children develop social, interpersonal, and intellectual competence.

Showing respect to others

Being considerate

Having good communication and social skills

Having healthy self-esteem

Becoming a good problem solver

Becoming independent

 

  • Raising Resilient Children – Triple P Level 2 Seminar 3 (available in English and Spanish)
    • This workshop is Seminar 3 of the Triple P Level 2 Seminar Series. It introduces you to strategies that help children develop emotional coping strategies for dealing with their feelings and coping with life stresses.

Recognize, understand, and accept feelings

Express feelings appropriately

Develop a positive outlook

Develop effective ways of coping

Deal with negative feelings

Manage stressful life events