Thursday, July 19, 2012

Social-emotional health among young children. And the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Stories on the importance of children's scores on standardized tests have dominated the discussion of healthy child development in recent years. But to engage in a balanced discussion of how we enhance a child's future success requires us to highlight how we support a child's social-emotional health as well. Recognizing this, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a brief titled "Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health Among Young Children," that addresses an array of tips, including everything from "Catch your child being good" for parents and "Look for each child's strengths," for early education and child care providers, to "Discuss the importance of a support system and appropriate coping strategies when parents feel tired, overwhelmed, or frustrated," for pediatricians. We hope you will spend some time familiarizing yourself with the tips and then letting us know how you think this information can enhance the lives of the children and their families in your home states and communities.

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