You work hard to help parents be the best parents they can be in supporting their children's lifelong health, learning and well-being. Observational parenting assessment using video can be a powerful tool in helping parents see their strengths and find opportunities for growth. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much would you say a video is worth?
KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research
In response to our last post on Supervision, Debbie Lancuki from Three Rivers Healthy Families in Virginia shared a comment alluding to the value of using video in family services. Debbie’s comment reminded me that one of the most common questions someone planning to implement parenting assessment asks is “Do we have to use video?” The simple answer is no. However, video offers so many advantages, that we strongly recommend that parent-child interaction be filmed for an observational parenting assessment. In this post we will explore the advantages for staff, supervisors, programs and families in using video to inform their parenting assessment. All the reasons to use video combine to support parents in nurturing their children.