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Therapeutic Interventions

                                                                            “The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover  

                                                                                    from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most

                                                                     powerful therapy is human love”

                                                                          – Bruce D. Perry

Articles

Deep Touch
Roseanne Papadopoulos. (2015). Brainwaves, Issue 26.

Sometimes Movement Just Makes it Worse
Roseanne Papadopoulos. (2015). Brainwaves, Issue 27.

Creative Interventions for Online Therapy with Children: Techniques to Build Rapport
Liana Lowenstein.

Play and Attachment Therapies Connected Through Neurobiology
Lorie Walton.

Are Therapists Seeing a New Kind of Attachment
Ron Taffel. (2014). Psychotherapy Networker. AlterNet.

Family Strengthening Parenting Program
Auerbac, J. Tom, L. Aratani, Y. Smith, S. (2015). Project Launch Local Brief, NYC Health.

Research

Relationships Matter: How Clinicians Can Support Positive Parenting in Early Years
Williams, R.C. Biscara, A. Clinton, J. (2019). Canadian Paediatric Society, Early Years Task Force.

In Relationships Matter the authors discuss the importance of a secure attachment relationship and how clinicians, paediatricians and family physicians can help foster and support a secure attachment within a parent-child relationship. The statement focuses on children 0-6 years old and describes basic principles and in-office practices professionals can utilize to promote a secure attachment.

The authors start by introducing, what they refer to as, the ‘ABC’s’, an acronym used to help professionals strengthen parent-child relationships. They go into further detail discussing the ‘ABC’s’, why they are important, and ways a parent can manage challenging behaviors, sleeping problems, and crying. In conclusion, the importance of community resource for parents is highlighted, along with Canadian Pediatric Society’s recommendations for incorporating these strategies into every visit.

Supporting the Mental Health of Children and Youth of Separating Parents
Brenda Clark. (2013). Canadian Paediatric Society, Mental health and developmental Disabilities Committee.

Supporting the Mental Health of Children and Youth of Separating Parents was written by Brenda Clark, in conjunction with the Canadian Pediatric Society, the article outlines the importance of professionals supporting these family changes and the guidance physicians can offer. Parents who separate or divorce is on the rise resulting in increasing concerns for “long-term consequences for child and youth well-being”. Clark address risk factors, protective factors and how one can enhance children’s capacity to cope.

The author breaks the article into a number of sections. She begins by identifying Canadian statistics on marriage, divorce, common-law, and lone-parent households. She explains the consequences divorce and separation may cause, how professionals can promote resilience, the three main factors affecting resilience, and she addresses the developmental vulnerability during divorce or separation. Clark concludes the statement by listing recommendations physicians can implement to encourage the continuation of positive parenting during a turbulent time, along with a list of informative websites.

Screening for Disruptive Behavior Problems in Preschool in Primary Health Care Settings
Charach, A. Ageranioti Belanger, S. McLennan, J.D. Kay Nixon, M. (2017). Canadian Paediatric Society and Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee

Screening for Disruptive Behavior Problems is a joint statement by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which outlines an approach to early identification and mental health examinations of Disruptive Behavior problems in preschool children. Noncompliance and aggression are normal aspects of early childhood, but severe tantrums and pervasive disobedience could be caused by a range of neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders. Addressing these behavioral challenges in early childhood and implementing appropriate intervention strategies can have profound effects on the child and the family.

The authors start by outlining Disruptive Behaviours and the importance of understanding and identifying normative behaviours versus problematic behaviours. They provide detail of assessment framework and differential diagnosis; the significance of the child’s environment; how behavioural and emotional disorders in primary health care setting can be identified; and the Rourke Baby Record. The authors proceed by examining standardized screening measures and conclude the article by assessing evidence-based intervention programs.