• Being Bilingual

    December 29, 2021

    Many bilingual or non-native English speaking caregivers ask about the potential impact of multiple languages in the home. You can reassure them that research shows that being bilingual has MANY advantages for kids, and that there is no known language delay. In addition, in order to teach the variety and depth of language and emotion,…Read More

  • Shifting Attention

    December 22, 2021

    In stressful moments, many children can benefit from shifting their focus out of the exam room and onto something else. Once you’ve validated any feelings a child has, you can suggest an activity or exercise to help them shift their focus away from the procedure or exam. That may go something like this, “It’s normal…Read More

  • Storytelling

    December 15, 2021

    Storytelling serves many purposes. It can help to build memory, imagination, attention and focus. It can connect children to generations past and present, raise cultural awareness and build a positive sense of identity. Here are a few ways to incorporate storytelling into your next visit: Ask patients over 3 to tell you about a holiday…Read More

  • Tummy Time

    December 8, 2021

    As you know, many caregivers may avoid doing tummy time, since babies often get a little fussy when on their tummy. By modeling and discussing it in the visit, you can help caregivers understand how important tummy time is to build a child’s autonomy, self-regulation, and motor skills. Your words can encourage caregivers to do it throughout the day and give them strategies to help their baby be less distressed during it! See…Read More

  • Comfort Positioning During Painful Procedures

    December 1, 2021

    A trip to the doctor’s office can be scary for children, especially when there are possibilities of vaccines and bloodwork. Comfort positions are ways that caregivers can hold their children to provide comfort, while also helping keep them still.  You can try suggesting that caregivers hold children chest to chest, back to chest, or sitting…Read More