Reach’s Positive Connections Program
What Is Reach's Positive Connections Program?
The Reach Positive Connections program is a provincially funded short term intensive positive behaviour support program. Families are referred through their social worker. The program has three components: parent education, in home coaching and Sibshops, a camp program for siblings.
Positive Connections Philosophy Statement:
Positive Behavioural Support and Positive Connections draws upon research based practices that have been shown to be effective in the study of behaviour as well as other fields, such as education, biomedical sciences, social sciences and developmental psychology to assist families to:
- Reduce or prevent problem behaviours with a focus on a proactive approach
- Support the optimal development of their child
- To enhance the quality of life for their child and themselves
We take a positive perspective and begin with the strengths of the child and the family and our approach is guided by the values of inclusion and respect. Our role is to partner with families, rather than to give advice. We recognize that families will know their child best and that combining their knowledge of their child and our knowledge of the science of behaviour will result in effective and meaningful plans and strategies.
Consistent with the positive focus, we also recognize that the attachment relationship of the child to his or her parents and family is paramount and that plans and strategies must always, ultimately, respect and/or enhance this bond.
3 Key Areas Of Support In Reach's Positive Connections program
1: Parent Education Classes:
Parents attend small group classes with other parents who have similar life situations. Classes focus on parenting skills, managing challenging behaviours, teaching life and social skills and other topics related to best supporting the development of children with developmental disabilities. There will be a total of 18 hours of classes that will be run over several weeks. Child minding is available while parents attend classes.
2: In home Behaviour Consultation:
Parents meet with an experienced Behaviour Consultant in their home to jointly develop a plan to address areas of need or priority. Consultants will also assist families in applying the class information in their own lives. Families will need to set aside time to work with their consultant. The consultant will visit from 8 to a maximum of 14 times, depending on family needs and progress. Visits will be used to assess the areas of priority, to develop plans and strategies, to monitor progress and modify strategies as needed, and to develop a maintenance strategies for when service ends.
3: Sibling Support Group:
This component addresses the whole family’s needs by providing support to siblings of children with special needs. It is a workshop based on the “Sibshops” model that supports and educates, while providing a forum for siblings to meet and share experiences. This program is sponsored by FortisBC and is offered virtually each month thanks to this support. Download the FortisBC Sibshops brochure to learn more.
Entry criteria: PC
Families are referred through their Ministry of Child and Family Development Social Worker.
Sometimes there is a need to transition to other levels of services or a transition within a program/service.
Transition to another program/service may be needed due to following reasons:
• a change in need, physical and/or non-physical
• a change in environment
• a change in Reach personnel
A child will be discharged when:
• The four months of service is concluded
• They move out of Reach’s catchment area
Positive Connections Program
For more information about Positive Connections contact the Community Coordinator or contact your MCFD CYSN Social Worker for further information.
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