Child and Family Development Program

The Child and Family Development Program at UConn Health’s Southington location serves Southington children ages 6-17 and their parents and guardians. We provide services, support, and education aimed at:

  • Strengthening parents’ skills and capacity to support their children’s social and emotional health and development.
  • Providing families with educational resources related to children’s social and emotional health and development.
  • Providing training in evidence-based assessment and treatment to school-based providers.

Parent Groups

Contact Us

For more information or to register for one of the groups, call 860-523-3725.

Location

1115 West Street
Southington, CT 06489

Enrolling Now - New Group Begin January 17, 2024

Managing Children’s Behavior

This is an 8-week parenting group for parents of youth ages 6-11 whose noncompliant behavior happens more than their peers, interferes with home life, and causes the child or parent distress.

This program is ideal for parents and guardians who want to learn how to manage their children’s behavior more successfully while maintaining a positive relationship.

Enrolling Now - New Group Begin January 17, 2024

Tuning in to Teens®

This is an 8-week parenting group for parents of youth ages 12-17. Tuning in to Teens® is an evidence-based program designed to help parents establish better connections with their adolescent.

This program is ideal for parents and guardians who want to learn how to help their teen understand and express emotions in healthy and positive ways. This group will also help you learn how to respond to your teen in a way that helps maintain a connected relationship.

Enrolling Now - New Group Begin January 17, 2024

Tuning in to Kids®

This is an 8-week parenting group for parents of children ages 6-11. Tuning in to Kids® is an evidence-based program designed to teach parents skills that will help to improve their child’s emotional, social, and behavioral functioning. It also focuses on improving communication in the parent-child relationship.

This program is ideal for parents and guardians who want to learn how to recognize, understand, and manage their and their child’s emotions.

Drop-In Support Group for Parents of Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This is a weekly drop-in support group for parents and guardians of youth ages 4-21 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The group will introduce families to others like themselves, who can provide much-needed information and emotional support, and will work as a team to address common concerns with an expert to facilitate topics of interest. Topics will include sharing daily coping techniques and offering tips to make family life run more smoothly. The group also will provide parents with information on medical or educational services, programs, and other resources available within the community. Parents are welcome to stop by at any point on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and can come to as many or as few sessions as they need.

Meet Our Team

David P. FitzGerald, Ph.D.

David P. FitzGerald, Ph.D.

Director

West Hartford

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Damion J. Grasso, Ph.D.

Damion J. Grasso, Ph.D.

Director of Resource Center

West Hartford

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Carolyn Greene, Ph.D.

Carolyn Greene, Ph.D.

Co-Director

West Hartford

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Asima A. Zehgeer, M.D.

Asima A. Zehgeer, M.D.

West Hartford

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Staff

Sophia A. Brown, LCSW
Social Worker

This program is made possible with support from Bradley H. Barnes and Leila U. Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation.

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