KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Pediatricians Say Best Parenting Uses Positive Discipline

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 09:13 AM

The holiday season can be full of both joys and stresses as families and friends gather together.  For parents, that may mean it’s time to stock up on extra patience when children react with challenging behaviors as the usual family routines are disrupted.  I have no doubt that those of you reading this blog advise families to “catch children being good” and use positive discipline strategies in keeping with their children’s development. You’ll be glad to hear that you’ve now got back-up from pediatricians!  This month the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a well-grounded policy statement which guides pediatricians to educate parents regarding positive discipline strategies to teach children appropriate behavior, and protect them from the long-term adverse effects of corporal punishment, shaming and yelling at children.

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Tags: setting limits, positive discipline, Parenting Assessment, corporal punishment

Five Ways to Prepare for a Baby as a Single Disabled Parent

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 04:01 PM

Guest Blog by

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a freelance writer, photographer, and advocate for people with disabilities. 

She created Disabled Parents.org to provide information and resources to other parents with disabilities. 

When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

 

Becoming a parent is an immense privilege, but it's also a time full of challenges. Having a disability can complicate things, and as a single parent, there are other obstacles to overcome. However, the joys that come with parenthood are profound, and with the right preparation, the stresses and challenges we face can be overcome. 

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting stress, family support-partnership-services, parents with disabilities, parenting support

Parenting Assessment Maps Interactions of Families of Children with Speech Delays

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

Guest Blog by

Nur Rahmadina

Faculty of Medicine, YARSI University

Anna Luthfiana

Departement of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, YARSI University

Jakarta, Indonesia

Background

In our Indonesian pediatric practice, parents often report that their young children have delayed speech. Both intrinsic factors and extrinsic factors may affect delayed speech. Research shows that better parenting is associated with better child development, including speech and language development.  We wanted to see if one of the extrinsic factors might be the parent-child relationship and the interaction within the family. This clinical study was conducted to explore the parent-child interactions of Indonesian families with young children with speech delays. 

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Tags: parent-child interaction, language skills, Parenting Assessment

Do Cell Phones Enhance Parenting Interventions Over Long-Term?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 04:19 PM

Cell Phones Are Everywhere!

Today 75% of U.S. adults own a smart phone, compared to 35% in 2011. A hefty 92% of 18- to 29-year-olds own a smartphone, versus 42% of adults ages 65 and older. As researchers Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff have found, when parents let screen time interrupt their social interactions with their young children, it can hinder their young children’s development. It’s up to parents to use cell phones responsibly, as a resource rather than a disruption, during their activities with their children.  Can family services providers turn the ubiquitous presence of cell phones into an advantage for families and children?

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Tags: SafeCare, PCI, Parenting Assessment, parenting outcomes, maternal depression, engagement-parent, family, community, retention, parent-child interaction, cell phones, text messaging

Oprah: A New ACEs Champion

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 02:08 PM

Oprah Discovers ACES!

Oprah has become a passionate champion for broadcasting the alarming impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). ACEs refers to the profound long-term impact that traumatic childhood experiences have on health and well-being. One could hardly find a more beloved TV/movie personality and billionaire to champion this long-overlooked cause! In a recent segment on the 60 Minutes television series

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Tags: ACE, court involved, adverse experiences/toxic stress, parent-child relationship, Parenting Assessment

KIPS Proves Parenting Outcomes and Guides Program Improvement in PAT Program at Child Crisis Arizona

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Guest Blog by

Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director

Child Crisis Arizona, Home Visiting Program

Mesa, Arizona

Child Crisis Arizona, Home Visiting Program (CCAZ-HV) is a program for expecting mothers and families with children up to 5 years old in Mesa, Arizona.  It is a program within Child Crisis Arizona and funded by First Things First Arizona.  In 2013 the Parents as Teachers national center awarded CCAZ-HV the Losos Prize for Excellence for our innovative central intake program and our commitment to high standards of quality when serving our families

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, continuous quality improvement, parent-child relationship, engagement-parent, family, community

Autism Spectrum Disorder – No One-Size-Fits-All Approach

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 01:22 PM

Last week while enjoying a glorious spring day with my family soaking in the Hershey Gardens, I noticed another family touring with their preschool child.  His behavior reminded me of the kids with autism I home visited long ago. It was invigorating to see the intense focus he brought to the sights, sounds and smells of the Butterfly Atrium. 

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Tags: autism, ASD, Asperger's syndrome, Parenting Assessment

Parent Engagement Can Close School Readiness Gap: New Research Review

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 01:35 PM

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) just released an exciting research review.  Decades of research prove that children begin learning from the first day of their lives. Thus, parents are the prime drivers of early development, which lays the foundation for lifelong learning.  As we’ve argued in previous blogs (12, 3, 4), it stands to reason that supporting parents to nurture their children’s early experiences will enhance children’s readiness for school and social skills, decrease children’s behavior problems, and strengthen academic success.  A new research report from RWJ asks “What Works” under the umbrella of parent engagement.  As you can see from the report title,Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children, it focuses on the ultimate goal of improving children’s outcomes.

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Tags: school readiness, engagement-parent, family, community, Parenting Assessment, outcomes assessment

Investing in Early Years and Parenting Are Key for Lifelong Success

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

 

 If you follow the KIPS Blogs, you know that we are big fans of James Heckman (1, 2), from the University of Chicago Center for the Economics of Human Development, who is a tireless advocate for investing in early intervention to gain greater returns for children, families, and communities. 

In a previous blog, we took a look at his small book entitled Giving Kids a Fair Chance (A Strategy that Works).  As a Nobel Prize winning economist, Heckman’s writing is often highly technical.  However, he wrote this powerful little book in plain language to get his message out to the public.  In Giving Kids a Fair Chance, Heckman makes 3 powerful points.  For his website, he has distilled these 3 points into what is known as the Heckman Equation: invest + develop + sustain = gain. Heckman estimated a sevenfold return on quality investments in the preschool years for three and four-year-olds. There is no other known public investment that can make this claim.  

Or is there?

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, child health,development, learning, early childhood investment, outcomes assessment

Good News: US Policy Changes Reflect Parenting Research!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 05:14 PM

Raise your hand if you’re in favor of positive parent-child relationships. . . .  My hand’s up.  Is yours?  The great news is we are not alone.  We now have friends in high places. If you are affiliated with a family service organization, it’s likely that promoting positive parent-child relationships has been one your major program outcomes for years (see listings in HOMVEE, CEBC). In 2016, the U.S. government has followed in your footsteps and written the parent-child relationship into policy.  During the last couple of months we’ve seen 3 major federal announcements spotlighting parenting.  At last, policy for child and family services is following the longstanding research detailing the benefits of positive parenting for children’s health, brain development and learning.

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Tags: parenting skills, Head Start, Early Head Start, Parenting Assessment, family support-partnership-services, evidence-based, MIECHV