The Strategies for Enhancing Early Developmental Success (SEEDS) Program offers clinical research programs to better prepare parents and caregivers to care for young children with early developmental challenges, including prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and disruptions in parent-child attachment relationships. SEEDS staff also provide education, training, and consultation to community providers in the evaluation and treatment of children with PAE. 

SEEDS for Infants and Toddlers (SEEDS-IT) is a federally-funded (NIAAA) prevention and early intervention clinical research program that is open for new participants. SEEDS-IT is designed for children between the ages of one and 24 months with possible or known prenatal alcohol exposure and their foster parents, adoptive parents, and relative caregivers.  This FREE, 20-week program includes a parent education and advocacy group, an attachment-based parenting skills group, and a parent-child music-based play group.

SEEDS for School Readiness (SEEDS-SR) is a federally-funded (Department of Education) prevention and early intervention clinical research program and is expected to launch in summer of 2013. SEEDS-SR is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years with possible or known prenatal alcohol exposure and their birth, adoptive, foster parents and relative caregivers. This FREE, 15-week school readiness program includes a specialized child classroom curriculum and a concurrent weekly parent group.

In the SEEDS Program, parents and caregivers can learn how to help their young children develop the skills they will need to manage their behaviors and emotions. SEEDS aim to:

  • increase parents’ and caregivers’ understanding of how prenatal alcohol exposure and early attachment disruptions might affect their child;
  • link parents and caregivers with services for their child;
  • decrease parental stress and increase parental self-care;
  • facilitate peer support among parents and caregivers
  • enhance parents’/caregivers’ capacity to support positive cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development in their children
  • promote positive parent-child interactions.

For more information about SEEDS, please visit the SEEDS Website or call 310.206.5254.

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