CfC FP ObjectiveSupporting families and parents  
Early learning and care 
Delivered toParents of children aged 3 to 16 with a disability or developmental delay or parents of typically developing children who are early primary school aged. 
Delivered byFamily and child practitioners 
Delivery settingCommunity-based; school-based; home-based 
Program developerParenting Research Centre

About the program

The Signposts for Building Better Behaviour program equips parents with strategies that promote positive behaviour in their children with an intellectual or developmental disability. 

Program structure

The program can be delivered as:

  • 6 to 8 x 2 to 2.5-hour fortnightly group sessions delivered in services
  • individual face-to face delivery at parents’ or carers’ home or clinic.

Signposts Early School is a variation of the program for typically developing children of early primary school age. 

Facilitator training

Training dates and costs are made available by contacting the Signposts team.


Variable, depending on the agreed structure of the training. 

Evaluation and effectiveness

Signposts has been evaluated using a quasi-experimental design (Hudson, Matthews, Gavidia-Payne, Cameron, Mildon, Radler & Nankervis, 2003). Families involved in the evaluation were assigned to a control waitlist group (n=27) or 1 of 3 intervention groups: 

  1. group support (n=46)
  2. telephone support (n=13)
  3. self-directed (n=29).

The outcomes of this study demonstrated positive results for parents that received the intervention indicating that they were less stressed and more confident in their parenting ability than those in the control group.

A complete list of Signpost studies are available on the Parenting Research Centre website.


Hudson, A. M., Matthews, J. M., Gavidia-Payne, S. T., Cameron, C. A., Mildon, R. L., Radler, G. A., & Nankervis, K. L. (2003). Evaluation of an intervention system for parents of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 47(4/5), 238–249.