• 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

  • Promoting Development During the Visit

    July 7, 2021

    As a primary care provider, every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a difference. Nurturing relationships and positive experiences with caregivers can mitigate a child’s stress response, allowing for healthier brain development. During each well-child visit, you can promote the following six keystones that are well supported by research, are largely dependent on…Read More

  • Messy Eating

    June 30, 2021

    Messy eating can be frustrating for caregivers. Parents may even complain to you about their child’s messy eating or tell you that they won’t let their child feed themselves because they worry about a mess. How do you respond to caregivers about this topic? Children can build fine motor skills and practice problem solving through…Read More

  • Vaccines & Soothing

    June 23, 2021

    Vaccine administration can be stressful for both caregivers and children. However, it can provide great opportunities to model different soothing strategies and discuss secure attachment. Keep reading for tips on what you can model and discuss with families to get through vaccines: 1) Labeling emotions – Acknowledge a child’s feelings and that vaccines hurt. Let the…Read More

  • The Science of Fatherhood

    June 16, 2021

    As we approach Father’s Day, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the role that fathers play and how important they are to their child’s development. Beyond general praise, here are a few fun facts you can share with the (newest) fathers in your practice! 1. Similar to the hormonal changes that a mother experiences…Read More

  • Q: What Should I Tell Families About Pacifiers?

    June 9, 2021

    This week’s tip comes from a question asked by one of our readers. Check out the answer below! Q: I have a parent asking about when and how to wean their child off the pacifier. What should I tell them? A: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents consider offering a pacifier at nap…Read More

  • Promoting the Keystones in Outdoor Activities

    June 2, 2021

    As we approach summer, you may be encouraging your patients to spend more time doing physical activity outdoors. Spending time outdoors has been shown to have positive effects on attention, vision, and development. You can suggest that families try out these outdoor activities below to promote self regulation and academic knowledge. Academic Knowledge Try playing I Spy…Read More

  • Caregiver Mental Health

    May 26, 2021

    May is Mental Health Month, and this week’s tip comes from Jessica Zweifach, PhD, clinical psychologist at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment. As a pediatrician, it is critical that you promote a healthy attachment between your patient and their primary caregiver. The early attachment to a primary caregiver serves as a model…Read More

  • Q: What Can I Tell Parents About Screen Time?

    May 19, 2021

    This week’s tip comes from a question asked by one of our readers. Check out the answer below! Q: There is a lot of information out there about the effect of screen time on children – what can I tell families? A: When making recommendations about screen time, it is important to consider the age of the…Read More

  • Sibling Conflict

    May 12, 2021

    Do parents ever ask you questions about sibling conflicts? See the video below for tips on addressing sibling issues.   Main points from the video: Children ages 3-5 are usually able to understand other people’s feelings. You can share strategies like stop, drop, and think, which means stop what you’re doing, drop your hands, and think about…Read More

  • The Science of Motherhood

    May 5, 2021

    As we approach Mother’s Day and recognize World Maternal Mental Health Day today, we want to take a minute to acknowledge how extraordinary mothers are – and how important they are to their child’s development. Beyond general praise, here are a few fun facts you can share with the “newest” mothers in your practice! 1.…Read More

  • Using Visuals in the Exam Room

    April 28, 2021

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and this week’s tip comes from the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social communication and interaction and repetitive patterns of behavior. Individuals with ASD may process information differently and may struggle to express thoughts or feelings…Read More

  • Promoting Self Regulation in the Visit

    April 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,…Read More

  • 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