A team of psychologists from KKH’s Department of Child Development is currently conducting research on the feasibility of a parent-based intervention to help preschool children overcome anxiety-related problem behaviours.
The intervention programme aims to aid in the treatment and prevention of anxiety disorders in preschoolers, as young children are still developing cognitive skills and may have difficulties learning and applying cognitive strategies to cope with anxiety. Due to their young age, this group of children may have added difficulty of behavioural and emotional regulation.
The two-year project aims to recruit 30 sets of parents with children between the ages of 2 to 6 years old. Parents who are suitable and agreeable to the study will attend nine weekly sessions. The sessions focus on learning about anxiety and how it is experienced by their child, discussing helpful and unhelpful ways to support their child in anxious situations, and learning how to create a practical and detailed plan for such situations.
The pilot programme is modelled after the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) program created by Associate Professor Eli Lebowitz, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Program in the Yale Child Study Centre. It is currently funded by Temasek Foundation Cares.
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