Tip of the Week

Sing What You Say

December 21, 2022

Newborns are soothed by familiar voices and vocal patterns. In your next visit, try encouraging families to use singing as a way to promote caregiver-infant connection and introduce rhythms and patterns in speech. No actual vocal talent required!

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Accidents Are Part of the Process

December 14, 2022

Helping caregivers to expect and prepare for accidents during toilet training can make their reactions less severe. Remind families that accidents are part of the process and that children are not to blame. Feeling shame can increase both accidents and resistance.

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Understanding the 30 Million Word Gap

December 7, 2022

Children learn language from back and forth interactions with adults. In your next exam, try asking “what do you see in this room?” Or comment on what a young child is interested in, for example, “This is a stethoscope. It helps me hear. I am going to listen to your heart now.”

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Taking on Challenges

November 30, 2022

When children believe that they can improve skills and learn from their mistakes, they are less afraid of taking risks. Try praising a patient today for how hard they worked or how far they've come.

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Family Meals

November 23, 2022

Family meals are about connection, conversation, and shared experience. Research shows that regular family meals, 4 times a week or more, can support healthier eating habits, higher academic performance and improved self esteem. Here are a few suggestions to offer families - from parents in the Sparks video series!

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Math Talk

November 16, 2022

The more math talk children hear, the stronger their math skills. One study showed that in an average week, some children hear ~1,799 number words, while others hear ~28.

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