To be eligible for the Parent Training and Respite Program, you must have a child with special needs and live in one of the following Counties: Haliburton, Peterborough, Northumberland, or Kawartha Lakes.
The goal of the project is to build and improve the capacity of parents to care for their children with special needs. This is done by offering an intensive parent training model using principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) followed by a respite opportunity. One of the documented benefits of respite is the increased ability to care for children with special needs. When respite is provided in conjunction with parent training, outcomes for children and youth are improved as the benefits of the training are optimized.
Parents participate in several education sessions led by Tri-County Community Social Services while their children/youth participate in various recreation and leisure activities with the Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) staff. Education sessions will involve brief lessons, group discussion, hand-outs and videos as well as practical strategies and tools that can be used when interacting with your children and youth.
The following topics may be covered in the education sessions, depending on the age of the children/youth who are in each program: an overview of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), positive parenting, teaching new skills and behaviours to your children/youth (including daily living and social skills), dealing with challenging behaviour, and the importance of positive reinforcement.
In 2015, the Kinark Outdoor Centre partnered with Point in Time, and Tri-County Community Social Services to develop this program which pairs parent training for parents of children with special needs with a respite opportunity. The program, which was funded by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), started in 2016.