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VISIT. INTRODUCE. 2 DAYS to 4 WEEKS. What Babies Do Parental Frustration Parent Mental Health Parent Support. 2 and 4 MONTHS. Child Care Family Safe Environment Parenting Style Bonding and Attachment. 6 and 9 MONTHS. Establishing Routines Discipline = Teaching Firearms

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counseling schedule infancy



2 DAYS to


  • What Babies Do
  • Parental Frustration
  • Parent Mental Health
  • Parent Support

2 and 4 MONTHS

  • Child Care
  • Family
  • Safe Environment
  • Parenting Style
  • Bonding and Attachment

6 and 9 MONTHS

  • Establishing Routines
  • Discipline = Teaching
  • Firearms
  • Modeling Behavior
Counseling Schedule: Infancy
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  • Early caregiver relationships set the stage for future relationships
  • Securely attached young children have an easier time developing positive, supportive relationships
  • Emerging evidence shows that securely attached young children are found to have more8-15:
    • Balanced self-concept
    • Advanced memory processes
    • Sophisticated grasp of emotion
    • Positive understanding of friendship
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Infancy Counseling

Is this what you expected?

Be on the lookout for families who are socially isolated or experiencing family discord.

Who helps you with your baby?

How much time do you have off from work?

If there is a gun in the home, how is it stored?

Being a new parent can be exhausting. How are you doing?


Welcome to the World of Parenting!Visit: 2 Days to 4 Weeks

  • Helps parents understand the normal development of newborns
  • Provides information about coping skills for parents
  • Discusses changes in the ways parents may now relate as a couple
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How to Use this Tool
  • Whenever appropriate, include both parents in the conversation
  • Discuss infant crying and ways to handle it:
    • Crying is normal
    • Crying upsets parents
    • Sometimes, parents just need to let the baby cry

Helpful Hint!

I love the way your baby looks at you, soothes to your voice. You’re doing a great job!

Support new parents with

positive statements:


Parenting Your InfantVisit: 2 and 4 Months

  • Helps parents understand normal development of 4- to 9-month-old infants
  • Stresses importance of building family connections
  • Discusses 3 problems:
    • Colic
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Clinging to parents
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How to Use this Tool
  • Reiterate messages about crying and parental frustration
  • Emphasize to parents the importance of having time together without their baby

Helpful Hint!

Support new parents with positive statements:

Your infant is alert, growing well, and has a beautiful smile!


How Do Infants Learn?Visit: 6 and 9 months

  • Offers practical suggestions to parents based on a newborn’s brain development
    • Encourages activities like reading or singing to promote brain growth
  • Helps parents understand that exploration is a natural developmental need
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How to Use this Tool
  • Ask parents about their social connections. Refer to sections “Others Who Care for Your Baby” and “Taking Care of Yourself”
  • Utilize the “Social Connections” worksheet from the Clinical Guide
  • Talk about child care arrangements

Helpful Hint!

Wow, your baby is really interested in my stethoscope! I like the way she lets me examine her, but she is always looking over at you for assurance.

Notice infant’s new behaviors and parent-child interaction:


Your Child is on the Move:

Reduce the Risk of Gun InjuryVisit: 6 and 9 months

  • Correlates childhood injuries/ deaths due to firearms and presence of handguns in the home
  • Emphasizes that a child’s curiosity about guns overwhelms any lessons learned about gun safety
  • Provides information needed to make informed decisions
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How to Use this Tool
  • Discuss handguns in the context of other household hazards
  • Since some parents may not be in agreement concerning the presence of handguns in the home, encourage them to look at the brochure together to make an informed decision

Helpful Hints!

  • In areas of country with high rates of gun ownership, some practices offer reduced price or free gun locks
  • Be aware of the potential lethality of domestic violence in homes with handguns
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Counseling Schedule: Early Childhood



12 and 15 MONTHS

  • Child Development and



  • Child’s Assets
  • Guided Participation
  • Media

3 and 4 YEARS

  • Peer Playing
  • Safety in Others’ Homes
  • Talking About Emotions
  • Promoting Independence
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Early Childhood16-20
  • Communication skills allow young children to sustain bouts of play
  • How young children learn to react is greatly influenced by:
    • Parental relationship
    • Parental behavior
    • Home environment
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Early Childhood Counseling

Normal toddler behavior may be especially difficult for families with little social support.

Encourage alternatives to TV, such as outdoor activity or reading.

“She really pays attention when we talk; does she understand when you speak to her?”

“Does your child have opportunities to play with other children this age?”

“Teach your child by providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.”

“What do you think your child does best? What does he enjoy doing?”


Teaching Good Behavior:

Tips on How to DisciplineVisit: 12 and 15 Months

  • Describes the basics of a behavioral approach to parenting toddlers
    • Positive reinforcement for desired behaviors
    • Limit setting
  • Advises parents about effective alternatives to corporal punishment
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How to Use this Tool
  • Start conversations about toddler behavior with gentle inquiries
    • “Your child is growing and developing well. Have tantrums started? How do you handle them?”
    • “What is your child doing new since last visit? What do you want to change?”
  • Endorse the core message: a simple approach for teaching toddlers how to behave well

Be on the lookout for children with difficult temperaments, families who are socially isolated, and families experiencing discord

Helpful Hint!


Playing is How Toddlers LearnVisit: 18 Months and 2 Years

Helps parents understand normal toddler behavior and advises them how to

  • Provide a stimulating environment during this period of major brain development
  • Understand the natural curiosity and exploration of toddlers
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How to Use this Tool
  • Discuss normal toddler play behavior
  • Provide parents with guidance on the types of toys that stimulate imagination
  • Help parents identify places where they can meet other toddlers and their parents

Helpful Hints!

  • Check in with parents about how their family relationships are faring
  • Support toddler’s parents with positive statements:

What a delightful child you have! He is really curious about the world. This is great to see!


Pulling the Plug on TV ViolenceVisit: 18 Months and 2 Years

  • Provides information about the influence of TV violence on children
  • Offers tips for parents
    • Set limits on TV time
    • Know what children are watching
    • Watch programs with children
    • Do not put TV in a child’s room
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How to Use this Tool
  • Identify alternatives to TV, such as toys that use imagination or outdoor play when possible
  • Recognize that alternatives can be challenging, as TV often provides free in-home child care for families who cannot afford organized activities or who live in unsafe areas

Helpful Hint!

What’s your favorite TV show?

Ask the child:

The child’s response often indicates the kind of TV programs being watched, which provides a topic to open discussion with parents


Young Children Learn A Lot When They PlayVisit: 18 Months and 2 Years

  • Introduces the importance of peer playing
  • Includes tips on how to make play opportunities successful
  • Assists parents in solving common difficulties, such as aggression and rejection
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How to Use this Tool
  • Ask if child has opportunities to play with other children of the same age
  • Use parent’s answer to discuss how the child plays or how to find other children
  • Help parents problem solve any play or playmate issues

Helpful Hint!

I see you really like trucks.

Do you and your friends play with trucks a lot?

Try to notice something about what children are wearing, the toys they bring, or their behavior:


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Howard Spivak, MD

Robert Sege, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Hatmaker-Flanigan, MS

Bonnie Kozial

Vincent Licenziato

Kimberly Bardy, MPH

This project was supported by Grant No. 2001-JN-FX-0011 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.