• The Importance of Routines

    October 20, 2021

    Discussions about feeding and sleep schedules are great opportunities to provide families with information about the importance of self-regulation through routines. Routines help children anticipate what is coming next, help them manage or regulate their behavior, and help them feel secure in their environment. As a provider you can let families know that routines help…Read More

  • Understanding & Labeling Emotions

    October 13, 2021

    Labeling emotions is a great way for parents to promote secure attachment, self regulation, and perspective taking skills. Labeling and validating a child’s emotions helps them to feel heard and understood, to learn about how to regulate their own emotions in the future, and to understand the emotions of others. Keep reading to learn how you…Read More

  • Pretend Play

    October 6, 2021

    Did you know that children are learning through play every day? Pretend play is great for a child’s cognitive development. Pretending to be someone else requires concentration, building their self regulation skills, and allows a child to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, promoting their perspective taking skills. As a provider, you can model for families how they can…Read More

  • Promoting Numeracy in the Exam Room

    September 29, 2021

    The well-child visit can be a great opportunity to promote early numeracy. Early numeracy refers to the foundations of mathematical understanding and can be promoted by discussing different quantities, the relationship between large and small amounts, and number naming. Keep reading for a few suggestions:   Counting  & Number Naming – Try asking children questions like, “How…Read More

  • Ways to Promote Cognitive Flexibility

    September 22, 2021

    Cognitive flexibility is the ability to adapt our behavior and thinking in response to our environment. It occurs in 2 main ways – the ability to think about multiple things at the same time and the ability to think based on a change in demands or expectations. Cognitive flexibility is important in problem solving and…Read More

  • Responding to Fears

    September 15, 2021

    Between 3 and 5 years, children are fascinated by the world of pretend and imagination, and may believe in all kinds of fantasies. That also means they get scared of things that may sound silly to grownups. Even though monsters aren’t real, the fear is real for the child, and they can’t distinguish between fantasy and reality.…Read More

  • Supporting Language and Literacy Skills in Preschool Aged Children

    September 8, 2021

    As a follow up to last week’s tip on supporting language and literacy skills in children ages 0-2, here are some tips on how you can discuss book sharing for children ages 2-5 years! Keep reading for a few tips from Reach Out and Read that you can share with families during your next visit! Reading…Read More

  • Supporting Language and Literacy Skills from Birth-2 Years

    September 1, 2021

    Did you know that caregivers can support their child’s literacy and language skills from birth? The well-child visit is a great opportunity to discuss how parents can promote early literacy and language development, model reading with children, and praise parents for sharing books. A study published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology in 2020 showed that…Read More

  • Transitioning to Bedtime

    August 25, 2021

    As a provider, families may come to you with concerns about their child’s sleep. Caregivers may notice that children become upset when it’s time to go to bed. Meltdowns are totally normal, and it’s very common around transitions like bedtime. Here are a few suggestions you can offer to families to make sleep transitions easier:…Read More

  • Making Goodbyes Easier

    August 18, 2021

    As a provider, you may have families raising concerns with you about their child’s separation anxiety as they go back to school. Separation anxiety is a normal phase of development, where children become distressed when they are separated from their caregiver. Here are a few tips you can offer to families to help make goodbyes easier:…Read More

  • School Readiness

    August 11, 2021

    Research shows that children’s foundational knowledge at the beginning of school can have a lasting impact on their academic trajectory. As a provider, you can discuss with families ways that they can promote their child’s academic knowledge and explain that children learn best through everyday play and firsthand experiences. Keep reading for ways you can…Read More

  • Tick Tips

    August 4, 2021

    You can weave promoting development into discussing common medical issues! This time of year, many families may be concerned about ticks and how to prevent Lyme disease. You can help families develop routines to make tick bites and Lyme disease less likely and to discuss the importance of routines, outdoor play, and promoting a child’s…Read More

  • Sun Safety

    July 28, 2021

    Sun safety can also be an opportunity for learning. See tips below for how you can discuss ways parents can protect their children from the sun and promote their child’s development: For children 6 months – 2 years: While you are applying their sunscreen, label the parts of the body that you are applying sunscreen…Read More

  • Buffering Toxic Stress

    July 21, 2021

    As a primary care provider, promoting strong parent-child relationships and positive parenting behaviors is critical to your role. Research tells us that a child’s early experiences, and the environment in which they are raised, dramatically affect how the brain, and thus the child, develops. An environment where the child is exposed to chronic adversity, such as…Read More

  • A Child’s Early Experiences & Brain Development

    July 14, 2021

    As a primary care provider, promoting strong parent-child relationships and positive parenting behaviors is critical to your role. Research tells us that a child’s early experiences, and the environment in which they are raised, dramatically affect how the brain, and thus the child, develops. See the following clip to learn more about early brain development from expert Dan…Read More