Background & Goal
Children who are economically disadvantaged encounter multiple, interactive stressors that frequently compromise their development and well-being. A downward developmental cascade often begins when their minor behavioral problems evolve into more serious social, behavioral, and academic problems. The aim of INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament is to enhance the development of low-income children.
INSIGHTS is a comprehensive 10-week intervention that was developed in partnership with African-American and Hispanic community members. The intervention is offered to parents, teachers, school nurses, and other school personnel who provide care to at-risk children.
INSIGHTS provides teachers and parents and other caregivers with practical strategies tailored to children’s different personalities/temperaments. The intervention also teaches children strategies for problem-solving their daily dilemmas.
INSIGHTS teaches participants in the program to recognize four temperaments: shy, social and eager to try, industrious, and high maintenance.