A GROUP PROGRAM FOR PARENTS AND TODDLERS, age one to two
Make the Connection 1-2 helps parents support their child’s development during the second year. MTC 1-2 combines hands-on activities, parent reflection and discussion as well as personalized video feedback.
Parenting Resources have been developed to support parents in their efforts to promote secure attachment, communication and learning.
Parents attend Make the Connection 1-2 with their toddler for 9 sessions. The group usually includes 8 to 10 families. Sessions are typically co-led by two trained MTC Group Facilitators.
MTC uses an experiential, adult learning approach which takes into account diverse learning styles and modalities. It leaves room for parents to individualize the program messages and information depending on their personal and cultural experiences. The learning process is further enhanced by the supportive ways in which group facilitators relate to parents – by connecting, communicating and facilitating in ways that parallel a nurturing parent-toddler relationship.
A typical session is approximately 90 minutes in length, divided as follows:
30 minutes of guided parent –toddler activities including song circle and interactive “play stations”
30 minutes of parent reflection and discussion – (toddlers who can separate stay with childcare staff)
30 minutes of half of the parents being videotaped with their toddler while the group gets together for refreshments
MTC 1-2 is built on the theory that development occurs within the context of relationships. Thus, an infant raised within a loving and responsive parent-infant relationship will develop a healthy sense of self, confident use of language and a love of learning.
When this positive relationship is established during the first three years, a foundation is laid for a child to do well socially, emotionally and academically. Regardless of gender, class or ethnicity, there is a wealth of research to support the fact that children do better in school and have fewer behavioural problems with this healthy start.
The core messages of MTC 1-2 were derived from themes that occur repeatedly in the early development and parenting literature as being essential for attachment, relationships, healthy emotional growth and brain development.
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