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Today's featured resources, Social Emotional Tips for Families with Infants and Social Emotional Tips for Families with Toddlers, come from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation at Georgetown University. Each set provides five single-sheet posters with five tips per page. Families can hang these colorful resources throughout their home and refer to them during specific daily routines, such as dressing, meal time, play time, resting, and diapering/toileting. The tips included in each set differ according to the child’s age.
These resources mention Early Head Start home visitors, but the strategies are appropriate for many professionals, including Early Start service providers and family resource center staff who facilitate support groups.
Home visitors may want to offer one of the posters to a family as a way to begin and “expand conversations about building connections during daily routines.” The parent and home visitor might then review the tips and talk about the great things the parent already does to support social and emotional health or any new ideas the parent wants to try.
Similarly, family resource center staff may offer one of the posters during a regular get-together and encourage parents to “try several tips and report about their experiences at the next meeting.”
Both sets are provided below for your convenience, and you may find other useful resources at the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation website. Leave a comment about other ideas you have about making use of these beautiful posters and remember to click the "follow" button below to read other people's comments.
These resources were created by Mary A. Mackrain, Kathy S. Hepburn, and Deborah F. Perry with guidance from the director and parents of the Lake Orion, MI, Early Head Start Program and published by the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (March 2012) with funding provided by the Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through an Innovation and Improvement Grant (90YD0268).