• Lying

    April 14, 2021

    Lying is a common behavior of 4-5 year olds and may be concerning to parents. As a provider, you can reassure parents that most lying is actually normal at this age and shows critical thinking skills. You can offer the following suggestions to parents when dealing with lying in young children: 1. Try not to…Read More

  • Early Relational Health

    April 7, 2021

    This week, we want to highlight the importance of early relational health. Early relational health describes the positive and nurturing relationships that are the foundation for future physical health and development, social well-being, and resilience. Dr. David W. Willis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, describes the idea that beyond…Read More

  • Diapers, Toilet Training, & Parental Stress

    March 31, 2021

    According to a 2013 study published in Pediatrics, almost 30% of mothers report diaper need, and this contributes to parental stress, a risk factor for negative health outcomes. As a provider, there are several ways you can help to address this stress. You can connect families to resources, like diaper banks. Helping families toilet train their child may also…Read More

  • Social Work Month

    March 24, 2021

    It takes a team to care for children and families. Social workers can be a tremendously valuable asset in providing essential care to families. We are so grateful for the many ways social workers promote strong parent-child relationships and early child development.  We’d like to especially recognize them and express our gratitude this Social Work…Read More

  • Addressing Sleep Concerns

    March 17, 2021

    This week is National Sleep Awareness Week. Many parents have questions about sleep or sleep related behavior. Sleep can affect a child’s mental health, behavior and brain development. However, parents may not feel that sleep is a medical issue that should be included in the well-visit. You can help parents manage sleep concerns by always…Read More

  • The 5 Year Visit: The Growth Mindset

    March 10, 2021

    Feeling unsure about how to promote development in a visit with a 5 year old?…That’s just because you haven’t mastered this skill…YET! Try including a little something about the growth mindset in your 5 year well-visit! You can explain to families that a growth mindset is the belief that people can get better at things based on…Read More

  • Separation Anxiety

    March 3, 2021

    This week’s tip comes from our partners at Zero to Three! Separation anxiety is an expected part of early childhood development, starting around 7-9 months of age. Here’s how to help parents who are struggling with difficult goodbyes: Your baby has gotten used to you as “their” person. You respond when they cry, offer a…Read More

  • Promoting Autonomy in the Visit

    February 24, 2021

    Autonomy is a child’s sense that they are able to use their own skills in thinking and behaving. Children who experience parenting that supports their autonomy have been shown to have better academic achievement, social-emotional-cognitive development, and executive function skills. As a provider, you can use the well child visit to discuss, model and praise autonomy supportive…Read More

  • The Newborn Visit

    February 17, 2021

    Is the newborn visit stumping you? Check out this tip from our Keystones of Development parent handouts that you can give to parents at your next newborn visit! Sportscast: Act like a sportscaster on TV and tell your baby everything you are doing and everything going on around them. Fill your baby’s day with words.…Read More

  • Discipline Strategies to Use in the Heat of the Moment

    February 10, 2021

    This week’s tip is an answer to a question from one of our subscribers! Q: What advice can I give parents around discipline in the heat of the moment? What are effective strategies they can use? A: When children are out of control, there are some immediate actions parents can take. 1. Pause and reflect – Taking…Read More

  • Q & A: What Advice Should I Give Parents About Managing Behavior?

    February 3, 2021

    This week’s tip is an answer to a question from one of our subscribers! Q: What are effective ways that could work to stop undesirable behavior in children, especially when they tend to be resistant? What advice should I give to parents? A: Check out the video below from the Keystones of Development curriculum!  …Read More

  • Sensory Processing

    January 27, 2021

    This week’s tip comes from the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai! We all have our own sensory preferences. You can help your patients and their families feel more at ease by considering each child’s unique sensory needs. Some children display heightened sensitivity, or hyperreactivity, to the world around them, while…Read More

  • Q & A: Head Banging

    January 13, 2021

    This week we’re answering a question from one of our subscribers! Q: What information can I give parents about head banging? What can they do about it? At what point does it become a concern of safety or need for further intervention? A: As is true for many aspects of behavior and development, any parental concern…Read More

  • Signs of Readiness around Toilet Training

    January 6, 2021

    One of the most common questions parents may ask you beginning around 18 months of age, is when should a child potty train. Here are a few helpful tips for what you can say to prepare families in these early visits: Most children are physically, cognitively and emotionally ready between the ages of 2 and…Read More

  • High Quality Screen Media

    December 30, 2020

    As we approach the winter season, activity will rapidly move indoors. As a result, families may be turning toward television, apps, games, and other forms of screen media. How can you provide parents with age-appropriate recommendations while remaining sensitive to the realities of how much many parents look to screen time to take a break due to…Read More