SKIP for PA Caregiver Manual

Introduction and Contents


This guide was developed to help support caregivers who are receiving services from a primary care provider that are part of the Doctor Office Collaborative Care (DOCC) model. The material is being provided to help you learn, practice, and use several types of self-management and parenting skills to help you comfortably and effectively manage your child’s behavior and ADHD. Your provider will also review these materials with you and/or your child to help both of you apply the skills in everyday situations.

This manual is divided into four phases. Within those phases, you will see sections labeled, “Understanding Child Behavior and Parenting Practices,” “ADHD Behavior Management,” “Self-Management (for Caregiver and Child),” and, “Behavior Change.” Sections devoted to your child are designed to be reviewed with your child, as they complement the material that you will learn. We share them in this curriculum so that you know what your child will be learning and can think about ways to support your child’s progress during the DOCC program. Family Work is also designed to be completed as a family – it is for you and your child. Even if your child is not present when you review the family work section with your provider, we hope that you will bring home what you learn to review with your child.

Table of Contents

Phase 1: Understanding Child Behavior and Parenting Practices

Phase 1 is designed to help you identify strengths and problem areas in your family. It also provides you with resources that are available to help you and your family. It is broken up into 4 sections:

Overview of Phase 1
Phase 1

Learn more about the first phase of the SKIP for PA Caregiver Manual.

Read "Phase 1 Overview"
Learning About Defiance and ADHD
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Distinguish defiance from ADHD symptoms and read what other parents have asked about ADHD.

Read "Learning About Defiance and ADHD"
Deciding on Treatment Options
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What treatment would work best for you and your family?

Read "Deciding on Treatment Options"
Identifying Parenting Styles
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Learn about parenting styles and their pros and cons.

Read "Identifying Parenting Styles"

Phase 2: ADHD Behavior Management

After completing Phase 1, we now move to Phase 2. This Phase is divided into 10 topics:

Overview of Phase 2
Phase 2

Learn more about the second phase of the SKIP for PA Caregiver Manual.

Read "Phase 2 Overview"
Skills to Manage ADHD
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Review tips on how you and your child’s teacher(s) can work together with your child to best promote his/her success in school and at home.

Read "Phase 2 Overview"
Tips to Share with Your Child
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Look over some tips for ways to better manage your child's difficult behaviors.

Read "Tips to Share with Your Child"
Getting Ready in the Morning
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Review tips to help your child stay organized and on-schedule each morning.

Read "Getting Ready in the Morning"
Ways to Move at School
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Work with your child to find ways they can move at school without disrupting class.

Read "Ways to Move at School"
Tips to Focus at School
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Work with your child to find ways they can improve their focus at school.

Read "Tips to Focus at School"
Tips to Focus on Homework
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Work with your child to find ways they can improve their focus while doing homework.

Read "Tips to Focus on Homework"
How to Stay Organized
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Staying organized can prevent forgetting important items and appointments. Review tips to stay organized here.

Read "Staying Organized"
How Teachers Can Help Me
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This form can be completed and shared directly with your teacher(s). This is a great way to help your teacher understand ways that he/she can help you during the school day in different situations.

Read "How Teachers Can Help Me"
Attention Problem Solver
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When we know what situations cause us to have the most difficulty paying attention or following directions, we can plan ahead so we will know how to deal with it.

Read "Attention Problem Solver"

Phase 3: Self-Management

After completing Phase 2, we now move to Phase 3. This Phase is divided into 3 topics:

Overview of Phase 3
Phase 3

Learn more about the third phase of the SKIP for PA Caregiver Manual.

Read "Phase 3 Overview"
Understanding Anger
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Learn about a framework for thinking about anger and how it affects us all.

Read "Understanding Anger"
Working on Yourself
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Learn ways to settle your anger and think in healthier, balanced, and more effective ways.

Read "Working on Yourself"
Helping Your Child to Understand Anger
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Help your child learn about anger and how to respond to it.

Read "Helping Your Child to Understand Anger"
Helping Your Child to Work on Themselves
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Help your child learn ways to settle their anger and think in healthier, balanced, and more effective ways.

Read "Helping Your Child to Work on Themselves"

Phase 4: Behavior Change

This final phase addresses 4 topics:

Overview of Phase 4
Phase 3

Learn more about the third and final phase of the SKIP for PA Caregiver Manual.

Read "Phase 4 Overview"
Promoting Positive Behavior
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Use rewards and praise to encourage positive behavior from children.

Read "Promoting Positive Behavior"
Effective Ignoring and Instructions
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Make sure that your child will follow instructions, and learn what kinds of behavior should be ignored.

Read "Effective Ignoring and Instructions"
Managing Misbehavior
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Discourage problem behaviors without needing to use harsh punishment and teach your child how to better manage their behavior.

Read "Managing Misbehavior"
Home Contingency Programs
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Set up your own home program that rewards wanted behavior and discourages unwanted behavior.

Read "Home Contingency Programs"