Sign up now for free Tempe program for parents of children with disabilities

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The City of Tempe is offering a series of free classes designed specifically for parents of children with diagnosed disabilities. Registration is open now for the first class on Dec. 5.

The Stepping Stones Triple P family intervention program, for children ages 12 and younger, aims to help parents develop effective management strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behavior problems and developmental issues.

Classes in the series include:

·       Positive parenting for children with a disability Dec. 5

·       Helping children reach their potential Feb. 6

·       Changing problem behavior into positive behavior March 26

All classes are held 5 – 7 p.m. at Getz School, 625 W. Cornell Dr. Childcare is available. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Registration for classes and childcare is required at tempe.gov/triplep.

“We know parenting can be difficult at times for all families.  For parents of children with disabilities, it can be especially challenging,” said Marie Raymond, human services manager with the city. “The Stepping Stones Triple P program is designed to support families by teaching parents how to encourage their child’s social and communication skills, emotional self-regulation, independence and problem-solving skills.”

“Equipping parents with these skills can help promote family harmony, encourage successful peer relationships and prepare children for transitioning to adulthood,” Raymond said.

For more information about the City of Tempe’s education programs, visit tempe.gov/education.

Media contact: Susie Steckner, susie_steckner@tempe.gov or 480-734-5186.

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