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Translation to the Clinical Setting

Mutuality When mutuality is observed, often in the form of “shared pleasure” or “mutual delight” (enjoyable, reciprocal interactions between the parent and child), slow the visit down and enjoy this time with the family. Our noticing and...

Mutuality: Mother and Toddler Son Reading a Book Together

In this video below, the mother has been asked to play with her son.  At first, he’s not very interested (crawling away is a strong disengagement cue!) but she is able to get his attention to read a book together.  Watch how closely connected the communication is...

Translation to the Clinical Setting

Alleviation of Distress It takes attunement to the child’s emotional state and developmental level to provide co-regulation and alleviation of distress. When observed, it is an indication of a healthy parent-child relationship. Notice when parents help their...

Translation to the Clinical Setting

Understanding Cues in Order to Support Responsive Caregiving Whenever possible, follow the parent and child’s lead by reading and responding to their cues. Being aware of subtle disengagement cues in the patient, parents, and themselves can help the provider pace the...