EIP Presents: Parental Education Series

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EIP Presents: Parental Education Series

It is never too early to begin supporting children’s social and emotional development, especially when considering the impact a child’s social and emotional health has on their overall development and learning. Research indicates that children who are mentally healthy tend to be happier, show more motivation, have a positive attitude toward school, are more eager to learn, and demonstrate higher academic performance than less mentally healthy peers (Hyson 2004; Kostelnik et al. 2015).

Here is what we know:

  • Early relationships set the stage for healthy or unhealthy brain development
  • Poor early social, emotional and behavioral development predicts early school failure, which in turn predicts later school failure
  • Early intervention can reduce later higher cost interventions
  • Giving to children now will allow them to give back to society later

It’s simple for parents to promote children’s social emotional health in many ways as part of their everyday routines. KAC’s Early Intervention Program is excited to present a new Parental Education Series. The videos below introduce easy suggestions to help you make sure your child’s social emotional learning is on track.

Ep. 1 – See Them pt. 1


See Them Part One focuses on imitating your child’s play — performing with your child versus doing for your child. Highlights of this technique include:

  1. Helps the caregiver play at the child’s developmental level
  2. Gives approval of the child’s appropriate play
  3. The child starts to model the caregiver’s behavior
  4. Teaches the child how to interact and play appropriately with others
  5. Helps the child feel important
  6. Shows the child that the caregiver is present and available to them
Ep. 2 – See Them pt. 2

See Them Part Two focuses on describing what it is your child is doing. Highlights of this technique include:
  1. The caregiver describes how the child’s body is in action
  2. Teaches organization and ideas
  3. Increases child’s focus on task and enhances a child’s ability to pay attention
  4. Slows down an active child
  5. Increases sustaining attention to task
  6. Helps support executive functioning growth
  7. Let’s the child know that the caregiver is interested in paying attention to them
  8. Models speech
  9. Teaches vocabulary and concepts
Ep. 3 – Hear Them pt. 1

Hear Them Part One focuses on repeating/paraphrasing the words and statements your child says or sounds they make. Highlights of this technique include:

  1. Allows the child to lead the conversation
  2. Shows that the caregiver is really listening
  3. Shows that the caregiver accepts/understands
  4. Improves and increases the child’s speech and language
  5. Allows for word pronunciation
Ep. 4 – See Them pt. 2

Hear Them Part Two, or “Love Them,” focuses on labeling specific positive behaviors. Highlights of this technique include:

  1. Points out the behaviors that we want to see more of
  2. Increases desired behaviors by increasing praise
  3. Increases the child’s self-esteem
  4. Models positive social skills
  5. Child and caregiver both feel good!
  6. Strengthens caregiver/child attachment and bonding
THANK YOU WI DHS

 KAC’s Parental Education Series is brought to you by a Social Emotional (SE) Development Grant from WI DHS. The initial goal of the grant is to enhance SE health and build family capacity by focusing on improving parent responsiveness to the SE needs of children, including communication, play, recognizing and regulating emotions, and relationship building. The first introduction of KAC’s Parental Education Series includes four episodes, focusing on “Hear Them” and “See Them.”

Our team continuously works to provide additional educational resources for parents and families. For more information, click here to learn about KAC’s Children Services.

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