• Helping Parents Identify Sleep Cues

    May 18, 2022

    It can be helpful to explain to parents of newborns some signs their infant is ready to sleep again. These include having a far-off stare, pulling on ears, rubbing eyes, or sudden, loud crying. Remind parents to begin the sleep routine at the first sign that their newborn may be tired. Download printable flyer>

  • Comparisons

    May 11, 2022

    Practicing early numeracy skills for pre-K and kindergarten comes naturally in the exam room. Show your patient their growth chart and talk about how the curve represents them getting bigger. Compare it to last year and then show them how they compare to a younger sibling. See this video for more information:   Download printable…Read More

  • Avoid Negative Labels

    May 4, 2022

    In the toddler years, it’s important to help parents to address their child’s behavior without labeling their child. This looks something like, “What you did was not OK, we don’t hit,” versus “You were very bad.” How parents label their children can impact how children see themselves as they grow, and even increase unwanted behavior.…Read More

  • Teeth Brushing

    April 27, 2022

    Many children fight teeth brushing. While parents may tell you that their children don’t like it, you know it matters to their health. Try suggesting that parents brush alongside their toddlers or take turns letting the child brush their teeth and then brushing their child’s teeth. Singing songs can help too, or a toothbrush with…Read More

  • Joint Attention

    April 20, 2022

    You may know that joint attention is an important part of screening for autism, but it’s also important to explain to parents why sharing attention and focus is an important part of communication. Try asking parents to notice whether their infant involves them in an activity, or if they can get their baby to look…Read More