Tuning in to Kids® (TIK) is a parenting program that develops the emotional connection between carers and their children. Carers learn skills in emotion coaching, which includes; identifying, understanding and responding to emotions in an accepting, supportive way. This approach helps the child to understand and manage their emotions.
The course is delivered to groups of 8-12 carers in 8 sessions, occurring weekly on Tuesdays, with a break in the middle for school holidays.
Session 1: 31st May 2022
Session 2: 7th June 2022
Session 3: 14th June 2022
Session 4: 21st June 2022
Session 5: 28th June 2022
(Break 5th & 12th July)
Session 6: 19th July 2022
Session 7: 26th July 2022
Session 8: 2nd August 2022
Tuning in to Kids®, teaches simple emotion coaching skills such as:
• recognising and naming emotions
• showing empathy
• talking with children after behaviour related incidents.
The program aims to develop empathy in carers and emotional intelligence in children, and to also reduce problematic emotional and behavioural functioning in children.
Tuning in to Kids®, focuses on the participants real life circumstances, providing opportunities to workshop and practice using emotional coaching approaches within the session, This can help build your confidence when taking it back to use with the children in your care.
Tuning in to Kids® is an evidence-based, emotion-focused group parenting program originally developed by Associate Professor Sophie Havighurst and Ann Harley in 1999. We have established evidence from multiple randomised controlled research trials, which have shown that parent participation in our programs leads to positive outcomes including improving parenting, parent-child relationships and children’s emotional competence and behaviour. Although originally designed as a prevention program, research has shown that the programs have also been highly effective with children with clinical level emotional and behavioural difficulties.