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Tuning Into Kids

Tuning in to Kids® is an evidence-based, emotion-focused group parenting program originally

developed by Associate Professor Sophie Havighurst and Ann Harley in 1999. Adaptations of the

program include Tuning in to Kids®, Tuning in to Teens™, Dads Tuning in to Kids™ and Tuning

into Toddlers™.

The Tuning in to Kids® program provides a new way of working with families that focuses on the

emotional connection between parents and children. The programs aim to teach parents and

carers skills in recognising, understanding and managing their own and their children’s emotions.

We have established evidence from multiple randomised controlled research trials of the programs, which

have shown that parent participation in our programs leads to positive outcomes including improving parenting, parent-child relationships and children’s emotional competence and behaviour. Although originally designed as a prevention program, research has shown that the programs have also been highly effective with children with clinical level emotional and behavioural difficulties. The program is also often delivered in one to one sessions with parents/carers.

What parents are saying:

  • “It has made me a calmer parent and my child is calmer and we feel closer to each other. She is also better able to manage her behaviour.”

  • “This is a great course that all parents should do.”

  • “Tuning in to my Kids worked EVERY time…honestly, every time. Tuning in to low level emotions stopped them escalating, and improved understanding and co-operation between all of us. It’s a great feeling .”

  • “It is great to connect with my kids in a different way and understand them more.”

  • “I found the breathing methods, and building in a pause by walking away for a minute to calm down really helpful.”

  • “I would highly recommend this program to others who wish to make a difference in their relationships with others.”

  • “The practical resources to use at home make a real difference.”


Emotionally intelligent


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