Conflicts between a child and parent can cause a weakening of parent-child bonds and lead to confrontations that could cause even greater breaks in the relationship. AltaPointe’s program for educating parents – Reaching & Encouraging Active Parenting (REAP) – can help you strengthen that bond and maintain a healthy relationship.
REAP offers hope to parents and their children by providing understanding of children’s needs and behavior, parental responsibilities, and by offering positive steps that parents can take to help their children develop healthy and productive lifestyles.
REAP is only offered in Baldwin County and accepts children up to age 12. Families are eligible for the program if the child has an immediate need. Referrals for REAP may come from a variety of places including the Baldwin County School System, Baldwin County Department of Human Resources, Early Intervention Services, physicians and parents.
The program consists of 12 in-home visits. Families may be visited more than once a week if the circumstances merit a more intensive approach. Home visits are usually scheduled during daytime hours. Visits may be scheduled as late as 5 p.m. to accommodate the needs of parents who work and to permit observation and coaching of the interactions between parent and child.
Services are provided in the home of the child on a weekly basis. In these sessions, parents receive education and training in positive and proactive methods of interacting with their children. REAP provides services that are individualized to each family. In-home settings permit ideal modeling situations to occur.
REAP services include:
- Promoting healthy communication
- Understanding your child’s behavior
- Understanding yourself as a parent
- Approaches to encouragement
Confidentiality and privacy
Potential enrollees in REAP must give written permission for the referring agency to release information to the REAP staff. This information will be treated with confidentiality.