Starting Early to Manage Toxic Stress

Starting Early to Manage Toxic Stress

The Birth-to-Three Clinic at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain will provide greater access to the U’s pioneering program for children with histories of toxic stress, which can stem from experiencing high levels of adversity. Stressors may include chronic illness, high risk to safety and well-being, and parents who are struggling with stress themselves.

Toxic stress can lead to developmental and behavioral difficulties such as emotional issues, aggressiveness and impulsivity, sleep problems, and challenges in language or socialization.

The Birth-to-Three Clinic—led by pediatric psychologist Maria Kroupina, PhD, LP, and psychotherapist Kathryn Elison, MSW, LICSW—helps patients and families reverse the damaging effects of toxic stress and prevent further negative consequences. Specialists at the clinic evaluate mental health, assess social-emotional progress, and establish comprehensive plans to meet each child’s needs, providing early intervention that can lead to lifelong improvements in developmental health.

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