Child Development

General Information

Challenging behaviors such as whining, temper tantrums, and non-compliance are very common during the toddler and preschool years, and if left unaddressed, will persist through early and middle childhood. Children with special needs are at even greater risk for behavioral problems. Caregivers may not understand why their children misbehave and may become frustrated in their attempts to discipline.

The HOT DOCS & DOCS K-5 programs offer caregivers a problem-solving approach to understand and resolve everyday behavior problems. These programs emphasize prevention strategies and positive behavior supports. Caregivers who have completed HOT DOCS and DOCS K-5 report gains in their parenting skills, reductions in parenting stress and child behavior problems, and satisfaction with the programs.

HOT DOCS classes are available in both English and Spanish and DOCS K-5 classes are offered in English. Classes are offered several times a year at various sites in the community and at USF.

HOT DOCS has been recognized as an outstanding community resource, and has received awards from Early Steps, the Early Childhood Council, and the Hispanic Heritage Committee.

See our Class Schedule for future classes.       

HOT DOCS is recognized as an emerging best practice, with several studies published in peer reviewed journals.

For HOT DOCS information:
Call: (813) 974-1048
E-mail: hotdocs@usf.edu