Throughout the development of the HELPS One-on-One Program, parents who learned of the Program often expressed interest in using HELPS with their children at home. Because of this interest, and because a large amount of research has shown how parents can significantly improve children's reading skills through the use of evidence-based literacy activities in the home, the HELPS One-on-One Program is being adapted so that parents can use this Program in the home.
Of course, some parents may be able to successfully use the HELPS One-on-One Program. In fact, some parents have already begun to use the One-on-One Program. These parents reported that the program was effective and that their children enjoyed it. However, the HELPS One-on-One Program may not be feasible for all parents to learn and implement properly, especially parents who have little to no background in literacy instruction. Therefore, the forthcoming HELPS Program for parents will be specifically designed to make it easier for parents to use in the home.
Updates regarding the research and development of the home-based program will be available via this website. Individuals who create a free account on this website will receive updates as this program becomes available. Like the One-on-One Program, the home-based program for parents will be available for free through this website.
Parents who are interested in using the HELPS One-on-One Program should read the information below.
Parents who are properly trained to implement the HELPS One-on-One Program can use the Program successfully.
Until the specific HELPS Program for parents becomes available, the following list offers suggestions for how parents and teachers could successfully work together to implement the HELPS One-on-One Program.
1. A teacher could implement HELPS in the school for several weeks, and during this time, take the opportunity to train the child's parent(s) to implement HELPS. When the parent is properly trained, he/she could begin implementing HELPS at home. The parent should regularly share information about HELPS implementation effects, concerns, and/or problems with the teacher.
2. For parents who are able to volunteer time in the school, a trained parent could implement HELPS with his/her child one or more days per week as a school volunteer. Such parents may then be able to implement HELPS with other children, as well (if time permits).
3. Sometimes parents want to engage their child with reading activities over the summer months when school is not in session. Given the brief implementation time needed for HELPS, a student would likely benefit from receiving HELPS over the summer, which should improve the child's transition into the next grade-level at the start of the following school year. With this in mind, teachers might train parents to use HELPS prior to the end of the school year, so that interested parents could implement the Program throughout the summer.
4. For teachers interested in training parents to use the HELPS One-on-One Program at home, it is recommended that parents and teachers DO NOT attempt to implement HELPS simultaneously (e.g., Monday and Wednesday at home, Friday at school). Normally, implementing the Program like this in multiple sites (e.g., home and school) would require too much coordination to transfer student materials (e.g., the students' Star Chart, Graph, and Progress Tracking Form) between the two sites. Furthermore, challenges with monitoring implementation accuracy between the two sites would likely arise. Similarly, challenges may arise with consistently sharing important information between the two sites (e.g., information about the effects of the program).
Learn more about this program, such as which educators have used the program successfully, which students should benefit most from the program, and how educators can obtain the program and training for free.