The Padres Activos
de Hoy Leader’s Guide clearly defines skills to be taught
and a rationale for their importance. The integration of video, the
parents’ guide and the leader’s guide into a system of at
least seven steps reinforces the topics for a variety of learning
styles. Clear procedures for implementing the intervention are provided
in these seven steps, which start with the leader presenting the information,
the demonstration of right and wrong techniques in the videotapes,
group processing, activities to complete at home, group feedback,
reflective thinking, practice and more practice. The step-by-step
development in the leader’s guide includes “icons,”
or symbols to help the leader quickly identify sections and enhance
the facilitating material.
The terms used to describe
the approach are technically accurate and derived from recognized
experts in child development techniques, such as psychologist Alfred
Adler, Rudolf Dreikurs, Carl Rogers, Robert Carkhuff, Thomas Gordon
and Haim Ginott. Terms are written or explained at a level accessible
to a wide audience of Spanish-speaking families or child caregivers.
The material provides alternatives
to physical punishment. Rationales are provided for all strategies
described in the material, as well as examples of how and when alternative
strategies might be selected (negative and positive alternatives are
demonstrated in the videos’ role-play). The material offers several
alternative strategies for responding to problem behavior, beginning
with the least intrusive (prevention).
The material provides a
variety of culturally and linguistically sensitive options for gathering
feedback, such as group discussions, personal one-to-one contacts,
family enrichment activities, adult reflective thinking and home activities.
The language in the material acknowledges the diversity of Hispanic
individuals’ backgrounds by including in the video Latino actors
from different countries with different Spanish accents. The videos
and the parents’ guide include Latino actors and pictures that
represent contemporary dress or a non-stereotypical view of the variety
and richness of the Hispanic peoples.