INSIGHTS is an effective, multi-level intervention that deals with the child behavior problems that concern parents, teachers, and school administrators. INSIGHTS, which is based on temperament theory, provides parents and teachers with a framework for appreciating and supporting the individual differences of children. Parents and teachers are also taught child management strategies. In a related way, children engaged in the program learn to improve their own interactions with parents, teachers, and friends.
INSIGHTS consists of three programs:
- INSIGHTS for Parents: Parents attend 10 weekly, facilitated 2-hour sessions that include instruction, videotapes, role-playing, discussion, and assignments. In the videotapes, actors portray children who are exemplars of the four temperament profiles: Social/Eager to Try, High Maintenance, Industrious, and Cautious/Slow to Warm Up. The vignettes demonstrate how the four types of children react to daily life.
- INSIGHTS for Teachers: Teachers attend 10 weekly, 2-hour sessions that include instruction, classroom related videotaped vignettes, role-playing, discussion, and assignments. In addition, the facilitator discusses the research studies that provide the curricular foundation for INSIGHTS.
- INSIGHTS for Children: Children participate in 10 weekly 45-minute sessions in their own classrooms. Puppets depict each of the four temperaments: Fredrico the Friendly, Gregory the Grumpy, Hilary the Hard Worker, and Coretta the Cautious. Together, puppets and children solve daily dilemmas.
With over $8,000,000 in funding from Institute of Education Sciences and The National Institute of Nursing Research, the efficiacy of INSIGHTS has been tested in three clinical trials that were conducted in partnership with inner city public schools in New York.