• The Importance of Routines

    October 20, 2021

    Discussions about feeding and sleep schedules are great opportunities to provide families with information about the importance of self-regulation through routines. Routines help children anticipate what is coming next, help them manage or regulate their behavior, and help them feel secure in their environment. As a provider you can let families know that routines help…Read More

  • Understanding & Labeling Emotions

    October 13, 2021

    Labeling emotions is a great way for parents to promote secure attachment, self regulation, and perspective taking skills. Labeling and validating a child’s emotions helps them to feel heard and understood, to learn about how to regulate their own emotions in the future, and to understand the emotions of others. Keep reading to learn how you…Read More

  • Pretend Play

    October 6, 2021

    Did you know that children are learning through play every day? Pretend play is great for a child’s cognitive development. Pretending to be someone else requires concentration, building their self regulation skills, and allows a child to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, promoting their perspective taking skills. As a provider, you can model for families how they can…Read More

  • Promoting Numeracy in the Exam Room

    September 29, 2021

    The well-child visit can be a great opportunity to promote early numeracy. Early numeracy refers to the foundations of mathematical understanding and can be promoted by discussing different quantities, the relationship between large and small amounts, and number naming. Keep reading for a few suggestions:   Counting  & Number Naming – Try asking children questions like, “How…Read More

  • Ways to Promote Cognitive Flexibility

    September 22, 2021

    Cognitive flexibility is the ability to adapt our behavior and thinking in response to our environment. It occurs in 2 main ways – the ability to think about multiple things at the same time and the ability to think based on a change in demands or expectations. Cognitive flexibility is important in problem solving and…Read More