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ABC - Attachment and Bio-behavioral Catch up

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Parenting can be a tough job - we're here to help!

Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) is offered to parents and caregivers with babies between the ages of 6 months to 4 years. 

ABC will strengthen your positive relationship with your child, while helping your child to develop in a healthy way. 

Your relationship with your child can actually help to protect him or her from stress in life.

ABC is designed to help you read, identify, and respond to your baby's signals.

The Parent Coach will check in weekly with how things are going and provide support for your parenting.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Nurturing and responsive parenting is a protective factor that buffers children from stress experience.

Ensuring that children receive appropriate nurturance helps them learn to regulate their stress response, behavior and development.

Often they have difficulty regulating their behavioral and physical response to stress.

Children who have experienced adversity early in life often are at higher risk to develop problems with behavior, learning and emotional and physical health.

Benefits of ABC

Children and families who have participated in ABC services have shown:

  • Fewer and less intense tantrums
  • Increased self-control
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved ability to manage change
  • Easier soothing
  • Reduction in parenting stress
  • Strengthened brain development
  • Less frustration from challenging activities
  • Better regulation of stress hormones
  • Fewer social and emotional problems
  • Moe secure attachment

ABC has also shown lasting improvements that continue well into elementary school.

This program consists of:

  • 10/1 hour sessions in your home with structured topics to assist you and your child
  • Caregivers are offered positive feedback during sessions using video clip review and commenting
  • The 10 weeks end with a celebration and special DVD gift of you and your child.

If interested, Contact Kylee Gross at 620-888-6375 or e-mail


This program is supported by:

  • Center for Children and Families/University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
  • United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
  • Hutchinson Community Foundation
  • Horizons Mental Health Center