Creating Connections Project
Creating Connections is a joint parenting intervention inclusive of the Happiest Baby on the Block (THB) program and the Little Steps early literacy program. This program aims to improve maternal mental health, the mother-infant bond, and improvements in early reading skills.
The Happiest Baby on the Block (THB) program, written by Dr. Harvey Karp, is centered around the concept that parents can experience competence in soothing their babies using the "5 S's": swaddle, side/stomach position, shush, swing, and suck.
The Little Steps early literacy program, a United Way for Southeastern Michigan intervention program, has the goal of improving early reading outcomes for infants and their families by teaching the importance of early book reading from the very first days of life.
If you or someone you know is expecting soon and meet the requirements to participate, please call us at (313) 664-2552 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toddlers' Emotional Development in Young Families (TEDY)
In this research study, we investigated the impact that family-level processes, such as routines and rituals, have on emotional development in toddlerhood. It is important to better understand family resilience, or what makes families successful despite contexts of risks. Relationship dynamics within subsystems of the family have been shown to impact children’s emotion regulation and children's ability to cope with certain stressors.
Early childhood is a critical time period for investigation given the significant developmental transitions taking place toddlerhood; the potential for parenting stress based on these emergent changes; and the practical/clinical implications of helping families improve family organization as a strategy to increase young children's sense of self organization. Therefore, the TEDY study adopted a biobehavioral approach to inquiry, seeking to understand participant families at multiple levels of the developmental system.
* We are no longer seeking participants for this study. Thank you to all of the TEDY families who participated. *