In the Exam Room: Being SillyNovember 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 are going to check their mouth, but then looking in their underarm, can elicit a lot of giggles AND helps spark new ways of thinking. Plus, being silly fosters a wonderful relationship with a child and family and allows you to enjoy and have fun in the exam room.
Check out this clip for a demonstration of silliness at the 2 year visit: