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Resources for Development

PHE: High Impact Area 6 : Health , wellbeing and development of the child aged two: Two year old review (integrated review)

The health, wellbeing and development of the child aged 2 is one of six public health High Impact Areas. Age 2-2½ is a crucial stage when problems such as speech and language delay, tooth decay or behavioural issues become visible and good quality evidence-based early intervention improves outcomes. A health and development review is offered to all families  with a child aged 2-2½, which should also include advice about potty training, as part of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 years.

The science within: what matters for child outcomes in the early years

Free PDF of the evidence from various fields to illustrate how adversity in a child’s home and wider environment translate into poorer outcomes in the areas of nutrition, language and social and emotional development.

Decision-making within a child’s time frame – research review

This considers the cumulative effect of adverse living conditions for children – ‘no change’ in a risky situation could mean ‘yet more harm’ to a developing child.  An excellent review of research about child development and the impact of child maltreatment, placed in a timeline for criminal justice professionals, but equally useful for anyone working with children and young people.  Very helpful case studies set out as flowchart  ‘timelines’ showing the potentially positive impact of timely interventions, compared with potentially very harmful impact of delayed or absent interventions, in the presence of serious risk factors.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction for parents of young children with developmental delays: implications for parental mental health and child behaviour problems

Parents of children with developmental delays typically report elevated levels of parental stress compared with parents of typically developing children. Children with developmental delays are also at high risk for exhibiting significant behaviour problems. Parental stress has been shown to impact the development of these behaviour problems; however, it is rarely addressed in interventions aimed at reducing child behaviour problems. This study examined the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction for parents of children with developmental delays by investigating whether this intervention is effective in reducing parenting stress and whether decreases in parenting stress lead to reductions in behaviour problems among children with developmental delays.

Not just talking

Health visitors will find this approach to supporting children with communication difficulties very interesting.