• Labeling Emotions

    September 14, 2022

    Learning to recognize the multitude of feelings that humans experience begins with labeling. Starting at birth, families can label their child’s feelings as an important habit to promote self regulation in the future. You can model this in visits, such as “I think you’re uncomfortable being naked on this cold scale” or “I know that…Read More

  • School Concerns – Not Sitting Still

    September 7, 2022

    Research shows that practicing how to stop and start their bodies is an important strategy to help children strengthen self regulation. You can suggest parents build games like freeze dance, musical chairs, and red light/green light into their day to help practice these skills. This type of inhibitory control, an executive function skill, is closely…Read More

  • Preparing for School

    August 31, 2022

    In the next few weeks, many of your patients may be headed to school for the first time. Share some tips to make the transition easier: Practice the walk or bus/train/car ride and visit the school. Talk about what to expect by reading books together. Get into the routine of early mornings at least a week…Read More

  • Separation Anxiety

    August 24, 2022

    Practicing healthy goodbyes can help ease separation anxiety, which normally begins between 8-10 months and can reappear throughout childhood. Help parents to: Avoid sneaking out. Parents should give a quick and upbeat goodbye. Stay calm. If parents appear upset, chances are that baby will be too. Remind their baby that they will come back, and…Read More

  • Baby Conversation

    August 17, 2022

    Back and forth conversations, like a game of catch, are how babies learn language best. Remind parents to respond to any sounds or bids for attention that their baby makes, either by repeating the same sound, or pretending that they understood what they were saying. Filling a baby’s day with words is one of the…Read More