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Infancy and Early Childhood
Counseling Schedule: Infancy Establishing Routines Discipline = Teaching Firearms Modeling Behavior 6 and 9 MONTHS Child Care Family Safe Environment Parenting Style Bonding and Attachment 2 and 4 MONTHS What Babies Do Parental Frustration Parent Mental Health Parent Support 2 DAYS to 4 WEEKS INTRODUCEVISIT
Infancy 1-7 Early caregiver relationships set the stage for future relationships Securely attached young children have an easier time developing positive, supportive relationships Emerging evidence shows that securely attached young children are found to have more 8-15 : Balanced self-concept Advanced memory processes Sophisticated grasp of emotion Positive understanding of friendship
Infancy Counseling Being a new parent can be exhausting. How are you doing? If there is a gun in the home, how is it stored? How much time do you have off from work? Is this what you expected? Who helps you with your baby? Be on the lookout for families who are socially isolated or experiencing family discord.
Welcome to the World of Parenting! Visit: 2 Days to 4 Weeks Helps parents understand the normal development of newborns Provides information about coping skills for parents Discusses changes in the ways parents may now relate as a couple
How to Use this Tool Whenever appropriate, include both parents in the conversation Discuss infant crying and ways to handle it: Crying is normal Crying upsets parents Sometimes, parents just need to let the baby cry Helpful Hint! Support new parents with positive statements: I love the way your baby looks at you, soothes to your voice. You’re doing a great job!
Parenting Your Infant Visit: 2 and 4 Months Helps parents understand normal development of 4- to 9-month-old infants Stresses importance of building family connections Discusses 3 problems: Colic Trouble sleeping Clinging to parents
How to Use this Tool Reiterate messages about crying and parental frustration Emphasize to parents the importance of having time together without their baby Helpful Hint! Support new parents with positive statements: Your infant is alert, growing well, and has a beautiful smile!
How Do Infants Learn? Visit: 6 and 9 months Offers practical suggestions to parents based on a newborn’s brain development Encourages activities like reading or singing to promote brain growth Helps parents understand that exploration is a natural developmental need
How to Use this Tool Ask parents about their social connections. Refer to sections “Others Who Care for Your Baby” and “Taking Care of Yourself” Utilize the “Social Connections” worksheet from the Clinical Guide Talk about child care arrangements Helpful Hint! Notice infant’s new behaviors and parent-child interaction: Wow, your baby is really interested in my stethoscope! I like the way she lets me examine her, but she is always looking over at you for assurance.
Your Child is on the Move: Reduce the Risk of Gun Injury Visit: 6 and 9 months Correlates childhood injuries/ deaths due to firearms and presence of handguns in the home Emphasizes that a child’s curiosity about guns overwhelms any lessons learned about gun safety Provides information needed to make informed decisions
How to Use this Tool Discuss handguns in the context of other household hazards Since some parents may not be in agreement concerning the presence of handguns in the home, encourage them to look at the brochure together to make an informed decision Helpful Hints! In areas of country with high rates of gun ownership, some practices offer reduced price or free gun locks Be aware of the potential lethality of domestic violence in homes with handguns
Counseling Schedule: Early Childhood Peer Playing Safety in Others’ Homes Talking About Emotions Promoting Independence 3 and 4 YEARS Child’s Assets Guided Participation Media 18 MONTHS and 2 YEARS Child Development and Behavior 12 and 15 MONTHS INTRODUCEVISIT
Early Childhood Communication skills allow young children to sustain bouts of play How young children learn to react is greatly influenced by: Parental relationship Parental behavior Home environment
Early Childhood Counseling “She really pays attention when we talk; does she understand when you speak to her?” “Does your child have opportunities to play with other children this age?” “What do you think your child does best? What does he enjoy doing?” “Teach your child by providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.” Encourage alternatives to TV, such as outdoor activity or reading. Normal toddler behavior may be especially difficult for families with little social support.
Early Childhood Brochures
Teaching Good Behavior: Tips on How to Discipline Visit: 12 and 15 Months Describes the basics of a behavioral approach to parenting toddlers Positive reinforcement for desired behaviors Limit setting Advises parents about effective alternatives to corporal punishment
How to Use this Tool Start conversations about toddler behavior with gentle inquiries “Your child is growing and developing well. Have tantrums started? How do you handle them?” “What is your child doing new since last visit? What do you want to change?” Endorse the core message: a simple approach for teaching toddlers how to behave well Helpful Hint! Be on the lookout for children with difficult temperaments, families who are socially isolated, and families experiencing discord
Playing is How Toddlers Learn Visit: 18 Months and 2 Years Helps parents understand normal toddler behavior and advises them how to Provide a stimulating environment during this period of major brain development Understand the natural curiosity and exploration of toddlers
How to Use this Tool Discuss normal toddler play behavior Provide parents with guidance on the types of toys that stimulate imagination Help parents identify places where they can meet other toddlers and their parents Helpful Hints! Check in with parents about how their family relationships are faring Support toddler’s parents with positive statements: What a delightful child you have! He is really curious about the world. This is great to see!
Pulling the Plug on TV Violence Visit: 18 Months and 2 Years Provides information about the influence of TV violence on children Offers tips for parents Set limits on TV time Know what children are watching Watch programs with children Do not put TV in a child’s room
How to Use this Tool Identify alternatives to TV, such as toys that use imagination or outdoor play when possible Recognize that alternatives can be challenging, as TV often provides free in-home child care for families who cannot afford organized activities or who live in unsafe areas Helpful Hint! Ask the child: What’s your favorite TV show? The child’s response often indicates the kind of TV programs being watched, which provides a topic to open discussion with parents
Young Children Learn A Lot When They Play Visit: 18 Months and 2 Years Introduces the importance of peer playing Includes tips on how to make play opportunities successful Assists parents in solving common difficulties, such as aggression and rejection
How to Use this Tool Ask if child has opportunities to play with other children of the same age Use parent’s answer to discuss how the child plays or how to find other children Help parents problem solve any play or playmate issues Helpful Hint! Try to notice something about what children are wearing, the toys they bring, or their behavior: I see you really like trucks. Do you and your friends play with trucks a lot?
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Acknowledgments Howard Spivak, MD Robert Sege, MD, PhD Elizabeth Hatmaker-Flanigan, MS Bonnie Kozial Vincent Licenziato Kimberly Bardy, MPH This project was supported by Grant No JN-FX-0011 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.