This program model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations.
The Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) Intervention is a training program for caregivers of infants and young children 6 to 24 months old, including high-risk birth parents and caregivers of young children in foster care, kinship care (such as a grandparent raising a grandchild), and adoptive care. Parent coaches conduct 10 weekly home visits, approximately 60 minutes each. The program is designed to help caregivers provide nurturance even when children do not appear to need it, mutually responsive interactions in which caregivers follow children’s lead, and nonfrightening care. Parent coaches provide immediate feedback (referred to as “in the moment” comments) on the caregivers’ interaction with the child to help the caregivers attend to the target behaviors. The model also incorporates homework and video feedback. This report also includes a review of an adaptation of ABC, ABC-I, which aims to assist parents in responding sensitively to children’s pseudo-autistic and indiscriminately friendly behaviors, along side other ABC targets. For more information, please read the Program Model Overview.
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