• The Science Behind Giving Thanks

    November 25, 2020

    This year has been particularly difficult for many families and also for many providers. However, during this time of thanksgiving we want to share the research on the benefits of giving thanks and how this can help not only you, but your patients and their families. Gratitude is the quality of being appreciative or thankful, and research has…Read More

  • In the Exam Room: Being Silly

    November 18, 2020

    It may sound silly to talk about silliness in the exam room, but there is real science that thinking in creative ways helps children to build cognitive flexibility. Making new and surprising connections allows children to develop executive function skills that they need for their overall health and wellness. Something as small as saying you…Read More

  • In the Exam Room – Giving Choices

    November 11, 2020

    Offering children choices in the exam room allows children to feel a sense of control over what is happening to them. This is essential in supporting autonomy. Offering choices also makes it more likely that children will comply with directions. For example, when you ask a child which ear you should look in first, it makes…Read More

  • Please Do Learn About Positive Opposites

    November 4, 2020

    Positive opposites are a concept you can discuss, model or praise in well-child visits. Every unwanted behavior has a positive opposite! By replacing “don’t” with “please do,” you can think of yourself as helping a child learn how to behave – not just tell them what not to do. And, you are giving them the…Read More

  • Highly Sensitive Children

    October 28, 2020

    15-20% of all children have a temperament that makes them more reactive to their environment.  While this is not a diagnosis, these children have a different way of experiencing the world. It can be easier to navigate an office visit if you can recognize which kids need more attention to sensory input and a gentler,…Read More