The problem is real and profound. In our communities today, families encounter stress that not only makes parenting challenging, but may impact a baby’s brain development. Decades of research show that the healthy development of a baby’s brain can be disrupted by prolonged exposure to adversity (known as “toxic stress”). Toxic stress makes it more difficult for children to develop important qualities such as self-control and self-confidence and it increases a child’s risk for stress-related illnesses, learning difficulties, and a range of behavioral and emotional challenges.
It’s also well-known – and now scientifically proven – that, in the earliest years, responsive parenting is one of the key ways to protect a child from the effects of toxic stress.
What is Responsive Parenting?
- Responding sensitively when your baby is upset
- Following your baby’s lead and delighting in what he/she is doing
Parents who provide their children with responsive care and secure attachments give them critical protection from the effects of toxic stress. As a result, their children:
- Are more likely to graduate high school
- Are less likely to show behavior and attention problems in school
- Are less likely to be obese and have other physical health problems
With targeted parent coaching through the acclaimed Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up program (ABC), we provide parents with the tools they need to break through toxic stress and provide their child with the best possible start in life.
1hr/week with you and your baby
Free and in your home
Offered in English and Spanish
The experts who developed ABC put the program through the most rigorous tests available and have shown that it provides incredible, effective results for families.