Signposts: helping families manage their children’s difficult behaviour

Signposts for Building Better Behaviour is an evidence-based parenting program. It helps families manage the difficult behaviour of children aged 3-16 who have a developmental delay or an intellectual disability. With the right support, parents can manage their children’s behaviour.

The Parenting Research Centre developed Signposts in 2002 for the Australian context and designed it to be delivered in a range of support services:

  • early childhood intervention
  • family support
  • primary and secondary schools.

We work closely with agencies to improve professionals’ capacity to deliver Signposts more effectively to parents of children with a developmental delay or an intellectual disability. Our involvement includes consultation, training, coaching and implementation support. When Signposts is embedded within a service, parents have a better chance of accessing it.

We also train practitioners working within an organisation to train their peers, thus ensuring that Signposts can be delivered in a sustainable way.

Signposts has been widely disseminated to families in Victoria as well as internationally through partnerships in England, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

We have also adapted core elements of the Signposts program to suit families whose children have more specific needs:

  • acquired brain injury
  • autism
  • early years for typically developing children
  • toilet training.

The program takes a parent-mediated approach, where professionals work directly with the child’s parents to develop their knowledge and skills and develop their children’s ability to self-manage. This work can be done in the family home – an approach that is becoming a more common practice in this field of work.

Visit the Signposts website.