KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

How-to Video: Serve & Return Parenting Builds Healthy Brains and Relationships

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 @ 02:32 PM

Have you ever wondered how to explain “responsive parenting”?  It’s not easy to put into words.  It’s much easier to illustrate and understand using video.  Take a look at a new video, How to: 5 Steps for Brain Building Serve and Return, from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  It walks step-by-step through video examples of parents and other caregivers as they play, shop, and cook with their young children.  The video shows each responsive adult’s undivided attention as s/he notices a child’s action, then follows the child’s lead to respond.  These “serve and return” interactions happen when a child says or does something and the adult responds in a timely and focused manner to support the child’s action.  Such continual back-and-forth interactions are essential parenting skills that build the child’s brain and the parent-child relationship during the earliest years of development from birth to 5 years.

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Tags: parent-child relationship, brain development, parent coaching, parenting videos

Choosing Video Equipment for Family Services & Parenting Assessment

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 10:39 AM

One of the most common questions we are asked is: What type of camera do I need to buy to record video for our parenting assessments?  Using video when working with families is increasingly common, especially valuable with hard-to-reach parents, and can be fun for families and service providers alike.  Video is one way to enhance family engagement and self-reflection, giving parents the opportunity to see their interactions with their children through a different lens.  You may want to film a birthday celebration, a graduation, a parent-child play group, a parenting assessment, a home visit, or a parent coaching session.  As we discussed in a previous blog, video is also a wonderful way to create a family journal.  Whatever the reason, the video will only be valuable for you and for sharing with the family if you can see and hear it clearly.  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, video equipment, parenting videos