The ADHD Smarter Parenting’s Podcast

Ep #11: What is the Teaching-Family Model?

June 4, 2019

What is the Teaching-Family Model is a common question that we get asked frequently? The Teaching-Family Model is an evidence-based behavioral approach that’s been used by professionals and families for over fifty years. It's helped thousands of children and to empower families by teaching them how to be successful.

The elements of the Teaching-Family Model that ADHD parenting coach Siope Kinikini teaches in the ADHD Smarter Parenting Podcasts, have been proven to give parents and tools they need to help their children navigate life in a healthy way.

In the 1960s, a group of psychologists (Elaine and Elery Phillips, Dean Fixsen, Montrose Wolf, Gary Timbers) were interested in how better help troubled children and juvenile offenders in group home settings. They wanted to know what made families successful and if they could replicate what they did.

As they implement specific behavior skills in group homes, they found these children had fewer run-ins with the law, reduced dropout rates, with improved grades and attendance.

They realized they could teach anybody how to be a successful parent by teaching specific behavior skills, and the Teaching-Family Model was born. Utah Youth Village, the parent company of Smarter Parenting, was an early adopter of the Teaching-Family Model. Using the Teaching-Family Model, Utah Youth Village's programs have provided relief and healing to thousands of families.

The Teaching-Family Model shows parents how to best deal with challenging behavior in a way that strengthens, teaches, and builds relationships instead of tearing down relationships.

The Teaching-Family Model views children’s behavior problems as stemming from their lack of essential interpersonal relationships and skills.

The Teaching-Family Model reduces feelings of anger and frustration as it gives you the blueprint for dealing with their behavior. The Teaching-Family Model removes the emotion from the situation. It allows your child take responsibility for their actions as it shows them they have something to gain by improving their behavior.

Thousands and thousands of parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers with problems big and small, have used the behavior skills of the Teaching-Family Model to help their child be successful.

Parents have used the Teaching-Family Model because they want to reduce episodes of tantrums, angry outbursts, lying, and fights every time they ask their child to do something. Parents used it because they don’t want to be that parent who screams or yells all the time. Parents use it because they want to feel like they have control. Parents use it because they want their child not to be defined by their diagnosis. Parents use it because they found that it works.

What is the Teaching-Family Model? The Teaching-Family Model is change. The Teaching-Family Model is proven. The Teaching-Family Model works. We know the Teaching-Family Model works because we have seen first-hand its impact on families.

Smarter Parenting is a division of Utah Youth VillageLearn more about the Utah Youth Village and the Teaching-Family Model and how it helps families visit

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