Have you heard the phrase “the terrible twos”? Some young children have emotions and behaviours that are challenging or problematic for families. These can continue beyond the toddler years, and can be a sign of difficulty regulating emotions. If left unchecked, these difficulties can persist and can negatively affect mental health in teenage years and beyond.
Dr. Teresa Bennett of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and her team are conducting a research study called Making the Race Fair to test whether a program called Family Check-Up can help decrease challenging behaviours and emotions in young children. The Family Check-Up has helped thousands of families in the United States, but it has not yet been tested in Canada and they want to know if it will also help Canadian families.
The goal of the program is to equip parents with the tools and skills they need to help their children develop healthy emotions that will benefit them later in life. Watch the video below to learn more about the Making the Race Fair study.