• 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

  • Parentese

    April 13, 2022

    Research shows that babies learn language best through high pitched, sing-song, exaggerated speech. This type of voice – parentese – uses real words and appropriate grammar, and may come naturally to many parents. If it does not, try incorporating it in infant visits when you can. And try offering parents a quick explanation on why…Read More

  • Mistakes

    April 6, 2022

    Research shows that children with a growth mindset – the belief that intelligence is not fixed and that they can work hard and practice to improve – understand mistakes as opportunities to learn. In your visits, you can try taking a simple mistake – like closing the computer when you still need it, or dropping…Read More