The Incredible Years is composed of training programmes for children, parents, and teachers. The child programme is designed for children (ages 0–12) with challenging behaviours and focuses on building social and emotional skills. Lessons can be delivered to children referred for difficult behaviour or to an entire classroom as a preventative measure. The programme consists of 20- to 30-minute lessons two to three times a week; these lessons are reinforced by small-group activities, practising skills throughout the day, and communicating with parents. Lessons cover recognizing and understanding feelings, getting along with friends, anger management, problem solving, and behaviour at school. Parent training programmes focus on positive discipline, promoting learning and development, and involvement in children’s life at school.
Evidence Summary |
The Blueprints For Healthy Youth Development review rates Teacher Classroom Management as a promising programme for impact on a range of social, emotional and behavioural outcomes. The What Works Clearinghouse (2008) found Incredible Years to have potentially positive effects on external behaviour and social outcomes for children classified as having an emotional disturbance.