Promoting Self Regulation in the VisitApril 21, 2021
Are parents coming to you with concerns about their child hitting, not listening, or having tantrums? These issues are likely age-appropriate and may be improved by parental responses and interactions that promote self regulation skills. Self regulation is a child’s increasing ability to manage their emotions, behaviors, and attention in order to achieve their goals. As a provider, you can use the well child visit to discuss, model and praise self regulation.
Check out these ideas to get started:
- Discuss playing games like Freeze Dance or Simon Says that promote skills like focus, memory, and self-control.
- Model mindfulness practices, like taking deep breaths during vaccines.
- Praise caregivers for bringing a transition object, like a stuffed animal, to help a child get through the stress of the doctor’s visit.