Kool Kids Positive Parents (KKPP)
Initiative Description: UNIVERSAL level: The KKPP’s aims at the universal prevention level are to build awareness and knowledge in schools and communities about severe behavioral disorders, such as ODD and CD, and about the importance of early identification and intervention. At a broader level, this includes links with community agencies, and presentations at conferences as well as linking in with the media.
TARGETED EARLY INTERVENTION: A key component of the KKPP program is the focus on early intervention for children who already show behavioral difficulties. Careful selection of participants involves discussion with teachers and use of a screening tool, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ; Goodman, 2001)
INDICATED EARLY INTERVENTION: Consultation with teachers around problematic behavior in specific children is available to all teachers of children from prep to grade 6. For children who have particularly problematic behavior, an individualized focus might include further parent or teacher interviews, pupil support group meetings to discuss specific issues.
Study Results: Significant decreases in children’s problems following the group interventions, with improvements on all scales, i.e., children’s overall difficulties, emotional problems, conduct problems, hyperactivity, peer problems and prosocial behaviors
Reference: Lim, S. (2009). Kool Kids Positive Parents: A school-based early intervention and prevention program for children with challenging behaviour and emerging conduct disorder. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language & Hearing, 11(3), 160–162.
Level of Evidence: Very Good