Posted on February 10, 2022 by childrenslearninginstitute
Dana DeMaster, Ph.D.
Kelly Vaughn, Ph.D.
Description of the Project:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether participation in the Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) parenting intervention results in increased caregiver responsiveness behaviors and to test if participation in PALS results in increases in toddler skills and/or toddler neurological development.
The PALS intervention provides parents with behaviors that, collectively, are known as a responsive parenting style. Four constructs make up this responsive parenting style:
- Contingent responsiveness, (responses are conditionally linked to the child’s signals)
- Warm sensitivity (high levels of affection and understanding of child states)
- Maintaining vs. redirecting attention
- Verbal scaffolding (providing child appropriate language supports)
Families of toddlers who were born pre-term
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston