ERIC Number: ED175188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Education in a Pediatric Clinic. Parent-Child Program Series, No. 5.
Rosenfeld, Anne H.
Part of a series on early childhood demonstration programs designed to improve early parent-child relationships, stimulate positive child development, and prevent later behavior difficulties, the pamphlet describes a program in which the waiting room of a pediatric clinic for low-income families is utilized to teach parents to help their preschool children develop intellectually and emotionally. Parents visiting the pediatric clinic with children 20-30 months of age are invited to participate in the playroom program, which teaches them play skills they can use with their children at home. Those who choose to join the program are then asked to come to the playroom on a regular basis, with visits coordinated, whenever possible, with pediatric appointments. Each child initially undergoes a developmental evaluation which serves to identify cognitive handicaps requiring special medical and psychiatric services of the clinic. At subsequent appointments, the playroom trainers work individually with parents, who then use their new skills with their own children. Program aspects reviewed include the basic parent education curriculum, program staffing and staff development, and special resources and facilities. A study of children whose parents completed the program revealed apparent behavioral benefits, and showed that the children gained, on the average, 6 IQ points. (DLS)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Child Development, Clinics, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Emotional Development, Intellectual Development, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Play, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 017-024-00841-9)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Child and Family Mental Health.
Authoring Institution: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.