Dads Try the Still Face Experiment

The famous “Still Face” experiment developed by Dr. Ed Tronick, clearly shows how profoundly babies read and react to their social surroundings. Prolonged lack of attention can move a baby from good socialization to bad.

Developmental Screening Works

When Jessica’s three-year-old son suddenly stopped talking, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire screening tool was recommended. The results changed their lives.

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood. (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)

Feelings Book

Pam Dyson shows how to make a “My Book of Feelings” from a dollar store photo album and index cards.

Feelings Bucket Toss

Pam Dyson of the St. Louis Center for Play Therapy explains the “Feelings Bucket Toss” game,  a great way to encourange children to talk about their feelings.

Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry

One of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain is “serve and return” interaction between children and significant adults in their lives. (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)

Sesame Street: Belly Breathe

Feeling like a monster? Colbie Caillat and Common recommend a calming breath.

Sesame Street: Dave Matthews and Grover Sing about Feelings

Dave and Grover sing a song to figure out their feelings: “I need a word”

Sesame Street: Me Want It (But Me Wait)

A fun “music video” for kids featuring Cookie Monster and the theme of self-control

Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support.

Tucker the Turtle

Pam Dyson of the St. Louis Center for Play Therapy discusses the ” Turtle Technique.” A helpful tool for children who have a difficult time managing their anger.